FA Cup third round matches this weekend will be delayed by one minute with fans shown a short film narrated by Prince William encouraging them to look after their mental health.
The film will be shown in stadiums as well as on television broadcasts and is a collaboration between the Heads Up Campaign, run by the Football Association and the Royal’s Heads Together initiative, and Public Health England’s (PHE) Every Mind Matters.
England stars Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford all feature in the film as do Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and former professionals such as Chris Kamara and Alex Scott. The FA has previously said that messaging will also visible in stadia across the weekend.
During the delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact one minute can have on their own well-being or in supporting a friend or family member.
⚽ Ahead of this weekend’s @EmiratesFACup Third Round matches, we’re encouraging fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to start taking action to look after their mental health and that of their family and friends.#HeadsUp | @Heads_Together | @FA | @PHE_uk pic.twitter.com/2HLqz54taw— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 3, 2020
Prince William, who is president of the FA, says in the film: “In life, as in football, we all go through highs and lows.
“We can all sometimes feel anxious or stressed. At moments even the little things can seem a struggle. But we can all start to change things.
“Every Mind Matters and Heads Up will show you the simple steps you can take to look after your mental health – helping to boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel ready for life’s ups and downs.”
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