Winchester-Andover football match to raise awareness of physical and mental health

A sports club in HAMPSHIRE is hosting a football match on Sunday to raise awareness of men’s mental and physical health.

Solent Sports FC, considered Hampshire’s largest recreational football club, are hosting the game at the Kings’ School ground in Winchester.

Two Solent sides – Andover and Winchester – will face off at 12pm in a bid to raise awareness of playing football without fear of judgment and pressure.

Solent Sports FC has around 400 members across its teams in Southampton, Hedge End, Eastleigh, Gosport, Portsmouth, Hamble-le-Rice, Winchester, Havant and Andover.

Club chairman Steve Fletcher said Sunday’s game will be about raising awareness and spreading the project.

“It’s about giving men a safe place where they can play football without fear of judgment and pressure,” Steve said.

“Because we play like that, we managed to grow very quickly. And that’s why we have about 400 men every week playing football now.

Solent Sports have just won the Hampshire FA Best Project award.

The Winchester team has around 40 members and they play at Kings School on Monday and Friday nights.

The Andover team has 20 members and they play at the Sports Academy at West Portway Business Park on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Steve said people are welcome to join these teams and more details can be found on the website

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