Tottenham are planning to bring in a Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager to work with academy players, to promote improved mental wellbeing throughout all aspects of the club.
In what is a brand new role at the club, it reportedly makes Spurs the first of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ to implement such an approach.
Last year, Brighton paved the way for clubs in English football, introducing dedicated mental health strategists by appointing James Bell as their Head of Performance Psychology and Wellbeing department.
Spurs are said to be following suit and are now advertising for a candidate to head up the new role, which will be dual-based at the club’s Enfield training ground and Lilywhite House offices next to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The candidate will work with Spurs players at every level, while targeting the wellbeing of boys and girls in the academy and ensuring the club has a formulated mental health strategy and action plan.
This comes at a time where sportsmen and women have been encouraged to focus on their mental wellbeing and treat periods of difficulty as they would a physical problem.
Spurs Web Opinion
This is excellent news and a great move from Spurs to answer the calls regarding improved mental health and wellbeing. The last year-and-a-half has been an exceptionally challenging time, and having someone specific within the club as a dedicated officer that people can talk to is very important, especially for younger, potentially vulnerable players.
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