whg organised a fun-packed week of activities for youngsters in Bloxwich as it got behind Children’s Mental Health Week.
The leading Midlands’ landlord hosted a range of workshops at Jubilee Academy Mossley to promote health and wellbeing.
They were joined by Saddlers defender Mat Sadler, who joined in a school assembly to answer questions based around mental and physical health.
Sadler, who is also the club’s PFA ambassador for health, then gave an insight into his career, before signing autographs and taking photos with the students.
He said: “There were some really well thought out questions, the kids were really engaged and I really enjoyed it.
“It’s fantastic that there’s an awareness being made of mental health at a young age. Kids are going through all sorts of things at that stage of life and the discussion around mental health and the possibilities of opening up that debate can only be beneficial to them.”
Connie Jennings, Head of Health and Wellbeing at whg, said: “This visit formed part of a weeklong timetable of activities put on by whg to mark Children’s Mental Health Week. This included a family breakfast session and meditation workshops.
“Physical activity has massive benefits for mental health, and we were delighted to join forces with Walsall FC to show the pupils how football players sustain healthy bodies and healthy minds.”
Martin Manley, Manager for Engagement at Walsall FC Community Programme said: “It has been great to have Mat meet the children and answer some of their questions.
“Mental health is an important issue and we’re excited to be working on this more at the Community Programme in the coming months.”
For more information and support you can head to www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk.