Referral pathways into Alzheimer’s Society services have so far been set up by 20 County Football Associations. The scheme aims to make accessing dedicated support as easy as possible for past and present players, managers, referees, support staff and their families.
Participants will benefit from personalised advice and practical and emotional support from Alzheimer’s Society’s frontline specialists, to help them live well with the condition and better prepare for the future.
Chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Kate Lee, said: “Great sport should be unforgettable – we want to help make sure those who are part of the beautiful game are not sidelined due to their diagnosis and can continue to live fulfilled and meaningful lives by receiving the right support from day one.
No-one should face a dementia diagnosis alone, nor suffer in silence, which is why we’re proud to be the FA’s official charity partner and working closely with County FAs up and down the country to embed our services and make sure thousands more have somewhere to turn to during one of the most frightening and toughest times in their lives.”
County FAs who have set up referral pathways with Alzheimer’s Society so far are: Suffolk FA; London FA; Northumberland FA; Cheshire FA; Middlesex FA; Cumberland FA; Army FA; Birmingham FA; Surrey FA; Staffordshire FA; Lancashire FA; Nottinghamshire FA; Norfolk FA; Manchester FA; Durham FA; Bedfordshire FA; RAF FA; Sussex FA; Essex FA and Cambridgeshire FA.
Director of Football Development at The Football Association, James Kendall, added: “We have seen through our County FA network and their loved ones just how debilitating dementia can be, which reinforces the vital need for this dedicated referral pathway.
Welfare is at the heart of everything we do, which is why through this dedicated dementia support, it is important that our participants and their loved ones have access to the specialist support and guidance provided by Alzheimer’s Society and its team of frontline experts at the earliest opportunity.”
This partnership also aims to raise funds for support services and increase understanding of dementia, helping fans affected by dementia remain part of the beautiful game.
To learn more about the partnership between the Football Association and the Alzheimer’s Society visit alzheimers.org.uk.