Southampton Football Club and Saints Foundation are delighted to announce a partnership with Solent NHS Trust to launch a range of health-focused initiatives.
The partnership aims to use the collective expertise and reach of two of the most recognisable organisations in the region to encourage positive and meaningful change, with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing across the local community.
As part of the partnership, the club will help to generate awareness amongst its fans and wider community of some of the region’s key health priorities,
with the aim of encouraging people to make sustainable changes that will positively affect their own health.
In addition, in summer 2021 Saints Foundation will be launching a mental health campaign in collaboration with Solent NHS Trust, providing support and resources to help men in the Southampton region, particularly within the Saints fanbase.
Solent NHS Trust will also be providing support and resources for the club’s workforce, including upskilling Saints Foundation staff so that they are better equipped to help their participants in and around Southampton.
mark abrahamsWe look forward to engaging both our fanbase and local community in new and innovative ways.
director of business and community development, Southampton FC
Mark Abrahams, Director of Business and Community Development at Southampton Football Club, said: “The success of the Saints As One campaign in these challenging times has been achieved by working closely with key partners.
"Continuing that work with Solent NHS Trust is a natural next step and we look forward to engaging both our fanbase and local community in new and innovative ways.”
Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation, said: “We look forward to working with the experts at Solent NHS Trust to further develop Saints Foundation’s support for individuals across our city and beyond, with a particular focus on helping those that need us the most. In so doing, we hope to inspire people of all ages to make positive choices for the good of both their physical and mental health.”
Gordon Muvuti, Director of Partnerships at Solent NHS Trust, said: “At Solent NHS Trust, we share an ambitious vision to make a difference by keeping more people healthy, safe and independent in or close to their own homes.
“We are delighted to be forming this exciting and progressive strategic partnership with Southampton Football Club and Saints Foundation.
“We have an ambitious community engagement strategy and this partnership will enable us to address health inequalities and reach the most vulnerable groups of the communities we serve in the City of Southampton.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the club and Foundation for choosing to join us on this journey and we very much look forward to working together’’.
Fans can look forward to a range of campaigns that will be launched as part of the partnership, starting in 2021.