Queen’s Park Supports Mental Health Event

Queen’s Park was delighted to back a vital event that harnessed the power of football to help Glasgow youngsters tackle mental health issues post-Covid.

Head Coach Owen Coyle presented prizes at the event at Toryglen, which was organized by Arts Organisation, Without Shape Without Form (WSWF) in collaboration with Glasgow Life.

The one-of-a-kind football tournament that brought out more than 150 young people from diverse backgrounds. The day-long event inspired young people to learn about the power of the mind through the power of the game.

Owen said: “The event has put a smile on my face, and I was delighted to get the opportunity to support raising awareness about mental health and empowering the young people of Glasgow. Its an important subject, and one where football can – and does – make a difference.”

As well as Scotland’s oldest senior club, the event enjoyed special appearances from Scottish Legend Frank McAvennie and Gordon Smith. Andy McLaren carried out the closing ceremonies. Even premier league player and Nigeria International Alex Iwobi sent in good luck messages for the kids. 

“It’s amazing to see Education Services, Sports Services through Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and Active Schools coming together for such a noble cause supporting diverse young people and children with Additional Support Needs. It makes this whole event exceptional” said Kash Taank, Glasgow City Council Sport Equalities Manager.

Portraits of the young people were taken by local photographer Miriam Ali and put on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where WSWF is currently exhibiting its touring exhibition, Journey of the Mind (JoTM). The portrait project sees, celebrates, and empowers a generation, inviting them to hold space in a prestigious institution.

Journey of the Mind is on at Kelvingrove until 23 October. It will then continue its tour to Bristol’s Arnolfini from 5 November to 4 December.

 Ameet Singh, Community Engagement Manager of WSWF. said: “Glasgow is so passionate about football, so we wanted to bring kids what they love and engage with them on that level. A lot of kids suffer from a lot of mental health issues, anxiety, self-identify issues and we wanted to showcase that you are wonderful the way you are, that you are special, and we hear you and we want to do something for you.”

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