A new partnership between Bottled Up Blokes and Alfreton Town FC will see more mental health support in the community

Bottled Up Blokes teams up with Alfreton Town FC to offer mental health support in the community

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Mon 28th November 2022

Bottled Up Blokes has teamed up with Alfreton Town FC to offer more mental health support in the community.

The men’s mental health support group launched at the end of April and hosts free weekly drop-in sessions in South Normanton.

The group has gone from strength to strength since then and is now celebrating a new partnership that will offer mental health support to men in Alfreton too.

Starting on January 20, Bottled Up Blokes will hold bi-weekly warm space coffee mornings at the Impact Arena – the home of Alfreton Town FC.

The sessions will take place between 10am and 1pm and will be free to attend.

Bottled Up Blokes will also have a presence at one Alfreton Town FC home game a month, making themselves available to talk to anyone in need and to signpost to other mental health support services.

Tim Cox, founder of Bottled Up Blokes, said: “I’m delighted that Alfreton Town FC have not only supported Bottled Up Blokes but the local community too. It shows how in touch they are as a club.

“To have Alfreton Town on board with us is a huge step forward and I’m looking forward to getting started with the coffee mornings and us being at some of the home games.

“Together with Wayne Bradley, we have further plans for the future once we get settled and hopefully it all takes off.

“I can’t thank Wayne and Alfreton Town enough for giving us this opportunity. I’m looking forward to the partnership and it taking us to the next step.”

Wayne Bradley, chairman of Alfreton Town FC, said: “The football club’s focus towards all within its community is paramount. We live life in the same environment, share similar issues and accept a duty of wellbeing to all.

“We in doing so recognise the need to partner with others to enable a route for communication to be natural and rewarding. Bottled Up Blokes are the latest partnership to be engineered into the club’s focus in the community.”