Saints Foundation To Feature On Shirts For Fulham Game
Southampton Football Club’s Main Club Partner, Sportsbet.io, has donated their shirt sponsorship to the club’s charity, Saints Foundation, for their upcoming clash against Fulham, alongside pledging to match funds raised by supporters of up to £10,000.
Saints Foundation’s logo will be displayed across the men’s first team’s shirts during the match at St Mary’s on Saturday 13th May, with the worn shirts being auctioned post-game to raise vital funds for the charity.
The charity matchday will give Saints Foundation the platform to cast a spotlight on some of the inspiring stories of participants who have transformed their lives with the charity’s support, with a particular focus on mental health as the game falls in the lead-up to Mental Health Awareness Week (15th-21st May).
24% of Southampton residents say they have poor mental well-being. As part of Saints Foundation’s new plan to Support Southampton, they have committed to improving mental well-being in every participant, regardless of their age or the project they are engaged with. This appeal will provide vital funds to make their vision a reality.
The charity is already having an impact and improving mental health. Last year, 64% of adults across Saints Foundations projects boosted their mental well-being this season, Saints Foundation launched Saints By Your Side, their first programme focused solely on supporting mental health.
Joe McCallum, Head of Gaming at Yolo Group, said: “I am delighted to see our partnership with Saints Foundation come to fruition. By donating our shirt sponsorship, we hope to make a positive impact on the community and help raise vital funds for the foundation.
“We believe that sport has the power to bring people together and support important causes, and we are proud to be a part of this charity matchday.”
Greg Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Saints Foundation and Director of Community at Southampton Football Club, added: “We are extremely grateful to Sportsbet.io for this opportunity they have provided to us.
“This act of generosity will help us raise vital funds for those most in need, particularly as our statistics show that mental illness such as depression is nearly twice as high in Southampton as the national average.
“No doubt the thousands of participants who Saints Foundation support annually will be immensely proud to see the team take to the pitch displaying the charity’s logo on Saturday 13th May and we can’t thank our local community enough for their continued support during these tough times.”
The announcement of the charity matchday comes off the back of Saints Foundation launching its new strategy for supporting Southampton.
Moving forward, Saints Foundation will work across five key focus areas – Health, Education, Gender Equality, Employability and Pathways – all with the overall goal of supporting people in Southampton that feel the impact of inequalities the most.
To find out more and to enter into the prize draw please visit Saints Foundation’s website: southamptonfc.com/saints-foundation