WESTERN LEAGUE supporters #ThinkOfAFan

Western LeaguelogoToolstation Western League are asking supporters to #ThinkOfAFan during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

On Friday March 13, the Western League postponed matches, only for the programme to be suspended completely on Monday 16, meaning fans will be without football for months.

Toolstation Western League chairman John Pool says “The Western League has always been a family league and at times of crisis, families come together. The clubs across our league sit at the heart of their communities, so its only natural for us to think about what we can do for those in need. 

For many fans, football is more than just a game. It’s a chance to meet friends once or twice a week, get out the house and have some fun. But getting out the house for many people, particularly the elderly, isn’t an option at the moment and that’s why we want everyone in our football family to Think Of A Fan.”

The Western League's campaign asks people to contact a fan they know, at a time when a football match might be kicking off, either on a Saturday afternoon, or midweek. Communities across the country are coming together to make sure that vulnerable people are supported during the Coronavirus crisis. Now the grassroots football community is doing what it can to support those fans who are anxious and/or isolated.

Pool explains “There will be people at every club for whom Saturday at the football is about much more than watching a game. These are the people our fans see every week, say hello to and share a drink with. Now these people might need our help and that is why we’d like supporters to contact those fans and ask ‘are you ok’?

At 3 o’clock on a matchday we’ll all be thinking about the football we could be watching, all we are asking you to do is think about the people you could be watching it with.”

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