Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How Football Can Help End Bullying Hell for Kids

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How Football Can Help End Bullying Hell for Kids

Article excerpt

LAST month we held our Anti-bullying week.

The statistics are frightening - 25 per cent of children don't tell anyone they are being bullied, over 50 per cent of children don't know where to get help and 16,000-plus children a day do not attend school due to bullying.

All the above are statistics quoted by the Anti-bullying alliance this year.

Football can help eliminate bullying, though, with the skills the players develop as they learn. For example, team work, discipline, communication and respect. We can all make a difference too by ensuring that children know they can speak out, that they will be listened to and taken seriously if they disclose they are being bullied.

Bullying has an effect on mental health and that's why at Manchester County FA we are piloting a mental health awareness workshop in partnership with State of Mind, which promotes the view that having a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. …

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