WITH the close season now upon us, QPR in the Community Trust once again opened our doors up to charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to host a Mental Health World Cup at Loftus Road.
The tournament itself is the UK’s leading five-a-side football event as we continue the fight to help prevent male suicides.
Last month marked 10 years since the first Mental Health World Cup took place at Downhills Park and the event has grown ever since, eventually moving to W12 and raising over £100,000.
This year’s tournament saw 32 teams competing, including nations such as Qatar, Ivory Coast and Ukraine. QPR were even represented, with the side captained by R’s legend Danny Shittu.
Speaking about the event, the former Rangers defender told www.qpr.co.uk: “It’s been a great day, firstly it was an honour to be back here and to be supporting such a great cause around mental health.
“To be a part of it means a lot and it’s been enjoyable playing football and listening to the discussions around the topic.
“Seeing people encouraging each one another to open up is vitally important, being here today has made me realise that and I know that I need to be more vocal.
“I’d like to thank QPR and Giancarlo for inviting me to be part of this wonderful event and I look forward to attending again in the future.”
QPR’s stadium activities manager Justin Stone added: “This year’s tournament was a fantastic event; it brought a number of individuals and companies together to support the vital work both the Trust and CALM do daily in our communities.
“From a personal point of view, my brother-in-law sadly lost his life due to mental health issues and I am proud to do anything I can do to help support organisations such as CALM to prevent this from happening in the future."
This year’s Mental Health World Cup has raised over £70,000!
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Report written by Saif Atrakji
It was an honour to be back here and to be supporting such a great cause around mental health.