Football & Mental Health: Toxic Masculinity Or Vehicle For Change?

Panel Discussion On Football And Mental Health At WeWork

On March 7th, F.C. Not Alone held our first panel discussion. Held in one of London’s WeWork Spaces, many people turned out to hear our esteemed panel, consisting of experts in their relevant fields discuss whether football can really be a force for positive social change in the discussion of mental health or if it indeed perpetuates toxic masculinity which has infected society, and has been explored in more depth recently.

After initial drinks and nibbles whilst we welcomed both our panellists and guests, Co-Founder Matthew Legg poignantly discussed the origins of F.C. Not Alone before outlining all of our achievements to date and what we’ve been up to since the June 2018 Tournament.

Matthew Legg speaking to people at WeWork space in London

Our main project had been our collaboration with the great guys at DailyBread in the creation of our new logo and football kit. Fortunately, DailyBread CEO Taf was on hand to talk our guests through the creative process and the meanings behind the kit, which will be on sale soon.

DailyBread CEO Taf speaking to audience

We then moved to the main event, the Panel, led by one of our own and Onigo CEO Alex Stanley leading the debate of our chosen theme: Football & Mental Health: Toxic Masculinity or Vehicle for Change? Amongst our panellists were Ben Hawley, Marketing & Communications Director for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Jack Norman, Co-Founder of Men’s wellbeing firm Milk for Tea and former Southampton Academy player, Marcia Lewis, successful in her own field but also mother of 12 year old Myles, a member of the Arsenal academy and Christian Hurley, Head of Strategy at the sports media agency, Ball Street Network.

The panel; Ben Hawley, Jack Norman, Marcia Lewis and Christian Hurley.

Each of our panellists came with different stances and personal viewpoints on the chosen topic and helped create an enthralling, complex and captivating debate. 

Once the debate ended, we had a live Q&A session involving our audience before everyone unwound and continued discussions with what was left of the drinks and nibbles.

It’s safe to say this won’t be our last panel event after the success of this one!

Onto the tournament….