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Please Welcome our FA CUP Match and Matchball Sponsors - CPSL MIND and SQUEEZE FOOTBALL

Monday, 01 October 2018 18:26

St Neots Town FC have decided to use their biggest game since 1966 to highlight the mental health challenges faced by both their fans and the wider community. They have given the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind and will promote their services at the match including STOP Suicide and the forthcoming World Mental Health Day on October 10th.

The match, an Emirates FA Cup third round qualifying tie with Coalville Town, 3pm kick off, is the first time the club have reached this stage of the competition since 1978/79, when they played March Town at the old Shortsands ground.

As well as giving the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind, they have asked local football correspondent and mental health awareness advocate, Stuart Baker, of social media outlet Squeeze Football, to be their match ball sponsor.

On making the decision, the club's Commercial Director, Gary Atyes, commented "This match gives us a much greater level of both public and media awareness, and although we could just see it as a chance to earn much needed commercial revenue, the club has recently changed its focus to become more community led. The new board of directors want to use the added attention the game will receive to help our community, and in particular our growing fan base. We have recently seen some of our most loyal fans struggling with mental health issues and this partnership gives us a practical way we can help, and also broaden the message. We know what fantastic work CPSL Mind do through their office in St Neots plus Stuart has created a fantastic service for local football and has done some great fundraising, so this helps link it all together"

For CPSL Mind, Emily Gray, Director of Development added 

"We are thrilled that St Neots Town FC have decided to use such a big game in the club's history to support our work across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. It is fantastic that St Neots Town are building closer relationships with local services and the community in response to the mental health struggles they have recognised in their supporters.

The funds generated will enable us to deliver further on our aim to promote positive mental health, reduce stigma and support individuals in our community who are recovering from mental health challenges."

And Stuart Baker of Squeeze Football also commented "Of all the opportunities that Squeeze has provided me with, this is the most special. It is a cause close to my heart and it is an honour to be asked to be part of such an important day for the club.”

 

Fans will be able to access support and information at the game and find out how they can get help if they need it, there will also be a collection for MIND CPSL at the match"

 

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