Prince William reveals that he wants to rename FA Cup final to “Heads Up FA Cup” while speaking with John McGinn, Aston Villa-star, about men’s mental health
- Prince William discussed mental health with Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn
- Heads Up is a campaign to help more people open up about mental health
- The Royal hopes that FA Cup can be renamed Heads Up FA Cup to raise awareness
Prince William has outlined his hope to raise men’s mental health awareness by renaming the FA Cup to Heads Up FA Cup.
The Royal has taken the lead over a season-long effort to encourage more people to discuss their mental health under the flag of “Heads Up” alongside Heads Together.
In a discussion with Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, William explained how he wanted to tackle the issue within the football community.
Prince William explained how he used Heads Up campaign to promote mental health
Prince William would ultimately like to see the FA Cup renamed Heads Up FA Cup
Prince William, a Villa fan, said: “I mean, hopefully a few people have now seen something about Heads Up. But it has in fact been a campaign for the entire season and the idea is that we can get people talking about mental health, start a conversation. I think a few years ago we built a platform with Heads Together, where we just tried to get rid of the taboo and the stigma of mental health.
“And of the last bastions of masculinity that seemed pretty difficult, was the football community. And we thought there was a lot of opportunity here with football, 16 odd million people across the country follow football.
“So we thought we could use the power of the sport and really take mental health to another level and enable people to have that conversation and let people know it’s good to talk and it’s okay not to be good and I think that the beginning of conversations started and I hope that the high point in the FA Cup Final will be renamed the Heads Up FA Cup, I think it’s a nice thing to start the campaign for the year let it last. “
The Royal was questioned by Scotland and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn about mental health
McGinn joked that they would not speak about the FA Cup after he had eliminated Villa by Fulham in the third round of the competition.
The Scotland international then interviewed Prince William about how a partnership with the FA, Premier League and EFL can help promote the cause.
William said: “I think all competitions come together, I think that is very powerful. I think unifying football behind one core message and being able to reach fans, from your fan who wants to live, eat, breathe football and play it every day to the kind of person who plays on the Fifa couch every day.
“I think we should get that full spectrum from fans. I think it’s also about making role models talk in football, so it gives permission and approval to those fans to say, “My heroes, they’re talking about it. They’re great role models that I can do. I can to my teacher, my family, my friends and saying that I am not feeling well today. I struggle with this whether this happened at work or at home. ”
‘It’s just building up that conversation so that people feel they can talk about it more openly. So you are talking about physical fitness, mental fitness.
‘As soon as you start talking like that, it suddenly resonates with many professional people, just like with people who don’t want to think about or think about their mental health. Once you start talking about fitness, we all want to go to the gym, we want to stay fit, why don’t we do the same with our heads. ”
Tyrone Mings was identified as Prince William’s favorite player after his rise to the top
When asked about his favorite current Aston Villa player, the Royal defender emphasized Tyrone Mings and explained how he gained inspiration from the background of the English international and his rise to the top.
He said: “You cannot ask me that question. That is a terrible question. I don’t want to say Jack because everyone says Jack, even though he’s great and I love Jack and he plays really well. But everyone says Jack, so I’m going with someone else.
“At the moment I mean that you are high up there, John, so don’t worry, you will certainly get a mention, but I want to say Tyrone right now.
‘You know why? Because again the story of Tyrone and where he comes from and what he achieves now, I am so proud of him. And he has been very outspoken about his challenges and what he has done. He also lives very much in the community, I see his tweets and I see how inclusive he is to everyone and I think he is a really great role model and I definitely choose Tyrone this time. “