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6 January 2023

Club News


6 January 2023

Bradford City AFC is delighted to announce the start of a weekly talking group for men at the University of Bradford Stadium, as part of the club’s partnership with Andy’s Man Club.

Starting next Monday (January 9), the sessions will be open free of charge to all adults over the age of 18 who identify as male, encouraging them to talk openly about their feelings.

They will run every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 7.00pm until 9.00pm in The Yorkshire Payments 1911 Lounge, with access through the main reception at Valley Parade and no prior booking required.

It follows the work done since the launch of an official partnership with Andy’s Man Club in October 2021, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, where the Bantams also launched a mental health supporters’ group open to each and every City supporter, which has so far helped over 70 fans across the district.

Founded in 2016, Andy’s Man Club is described as “a talking group, a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems they have faced or are currently facing”.

It was formed by ex-Ireland international rugby league player Luke Ambler and his mother-in-law, Elaine, after his brother-in-law took his own life, and now operates over 100 groups across the UK, with its Bradford-based club having opened in 2017.

Andy’s Man Club PDC and partnerships manager, Neil Waine, said: “We are delighted that Bradford City have very kindly donated rooms for us to hold our weekly talking groups for the men of Bradford and surrounding areas.

“Having such a high-profile partner in the city can only help us attract more men through the door, knowing that #ItsOkayToTalk.”

Robert Cranmer, head of City’s official mental health supporters’ group, said: “I am delighted for us to have Andy’s Man Club on board, and am looking forward to the productive collaboration between the two organisations.

“The commitment from the club towards supporting individuals with their mental health makes me very proud, and we just want to keep helping as many people as we possibly can.”

To attend the first Andy’s Man Club mental health session at the University of Bradford Stadium, please head to The Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception at 7.00pm on Monday (January 9).

For further details on Andy’s Man Club, please CLICK HERE.

For further details on City’s mental health supporters’ group, please CLICK HERE.

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