Wolves MH Festival

Biggest ever Mental Health League Festival!

Wolves Foundation hosted the latest instalment of the Birmingham County FA Mental Health League.

The tournament proved to be the biggest yet, with 6 clubs represented by 9 teams.

The hosts Wolves provided 2 entries, as did Walsall and Mindful FA. Aston Villa, Alvechurch and Albion Foundation were also present at the festival.

The events kicked off in the blistering sunshine just after midday with the teams split into two groups of 4 and 5 respectively.

Group A hosted a Wolves side; Walsall A; Aston Villa; Albion Foundation on Mindful FA. Albion Foundation topped the group collecting 3 victories and a draw whereas Wolves followed closely behind with picking up 3 victories.

Elsewhere Mindful came a close 3rd collecting 7 points and Villa and Walsall rounded out the group. In group B Mindful topped the group with 7 points and Wolves came a close second on 5 points. Walsall were just pipped having picked up 4 points and Alvechurch rounded off the group. 

The Semi-Finals were a hotly contester affair with Wolves 1s picking up victory against group B toppers Mindful FA and Albion Foundation progressing to the final having overcome Wolves 2s. The final was played to a high standard with both teams presented with chances, however a fantastic solo strike from Callum which saw the ball hit the stanchion of the goal gave Albion Foundation their first Mental Health league victory.

Looking toward the 2023/24 season we are hoping to continue the growth of our Mental Health league festivals and to try and hit double figures with team entries. So far 157 participants have benefitted from involvement in the league with the target now being pushed to over 200 unique players.

When speaking with players a member of the Albion Foundation team was able to comment: “The festivals are really good because they bring lots of people together to play football, it's great to play against different teams but also represent my club.”

A real community has started to develop with players creating new friendships as a direct result of the events and long may it continue.

To get involved in the Mental Health League drop Harley an email at Harley.Hetherington@BirminghamFA.com