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Craigavon ​​mental health charity hosts mixed football and American football matches – Armagh I




A special football match with a twist will take place in Portadown this Sunday.

The ‘Battle of the Ball’ will be a half football, half American football match, held in line with Men’s Mental Health Week, with the aim of providing fun that is just a little bit out of the ordinary.

The Craigavon ​​Cowboys will take on Just A Chat FC starting on June 9 at 2pm on the Brownstown 4G pitches.

Founded in 1985, the Craigavon ​​Cowboys are one of the longest running American football clubs on the island and have recently announced Just A Chat as one of their charity partners for the coming year.

Just A Chat is a Craigavon-based charity founded by local man Conor Hegarty and his wife in 2022, to help raise awareness and support for mental health issues in the ABC Borough – and sometimes beyond.

As well as offering workshops to schools and clubs across Northern Ireland, the charity also launched a men’s football group, Just A Chat FC, which includes more than 60 members of all ages and abilities.

The charity recently celebrated its second anniversary and hosted a hugely successful fun day in Lurgan.

Speak with Armagh I, Conor says the aim is to organize events that are different and attractive to everyone in the community, as the competition brings together two different sports in a fun and entertaining way.

Men’s Mental Health Week runs from Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June and the event will be used to highlight the importance of looking after your mental health.

Conor said: “We would encourage anyone struggling to find a local group that suits your interests to get involved as the physical and mental benefits are incredible.

“These events are vital, not only to raise awareness of our message and what we do, but also to bring communities together and show how incredible the local groups and clubs we have on our doorstep are. Plus, we can guarantee there will be friendly faces and lots of laughs!”

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