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Mental health awareness comes out a winner in Fyvie FC charity partnership

By David Porter

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Fyvie Football Club has this week revealed its away kit for the 2020/21season as part of a partnership with Mental Health Aberdeen, Flowline Specialists and Hunting Energy Service that aims to promote mental health awareness.

Fyvie chairman Connor Shepherd with Jan Foster of Flowline Specialists and players Tommy Gillan, Jamie Marshall and Stewie Sleigh.
Fyvie chairman Connor Shepherd with Jan Foster of Flowline Specialists and players Tommy Gillan, Jamie Marshall and Stewie Sleigh.

The partnership with the Aberdeen-based charity and energy services firms Flowline Specialists and Hunting Energy Services will see the charity’s logo adorn the front of the team’s new away strip. The green mental health awareness ribbon will feature on the sleeve, while the mental health awareness message “It’s okay not to be okay” will be printed on the rear of the shirt.

MHA provides counselling and information services to adults and young people experiencing issues related to their mental health and wellbeing.

Formed in 1950, it is one of the oldest charities working with people experiencing mental health difficulties across the north-east.

Oldmeldrum-based Flowline Specialists, which has a manufacturing base in Fyvie, has agreed to cover the cost of the shirts, which will feature the firm’s logo on the rear.

Hunting Energy Services has kindly covered the cost of the shorts and socks and will have its company logo on the shorts.

As part of the partnership, MHA will have a stall at one of Fyvie's home matches and the club will also be hosting workshops, football tournaments and fundraisers with the charity throughout the year.

Highlighting the importance which the club is placing on mental wellbeing, its management team will be undertaking mental health first aid training allowing the club to better identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illness.

Fyvie chairman Connor Shepherd said: “We are delighted to be doing something positive with our away shirt and hopefully it sends out a message to anyone suffering with mental health issues that there is help available and they are not alone.

"Hopefully we can raise awareness of the charity and bring people together through Fyvie FC.

Ross Whittingham, CEO of Flowline Specialists said: “With a base in the village, Flowline Specialists is very proud to be continuing its support of Fyvie FC and look forward to seeing the team build on its success from last season.

"The club is to be commended for partnering with Mental Health Aberdeen to encourage people to discuss mental health and wellbeing.

"It is something that can affect anyone and encouraging people to talk openly about it is a responsibility we all have, either as colleagues, friends or family.”

Hunting Energy Service’s business development director Alan Reid added: “Hunting Energy Services are delighted to support Fyvie FC and as a company we are committed to the promotion of mental health awareness and value the excellent work carried out by Mental Health Aberdeen.”

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re worried about someone you know, get in touch with Mental Health Aberdeen on 01224 573892.

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