Jigsaw has been officially appointed as Charity Partner of the Football Association of Ireland after FAI staff chose Ireland’s leading youth mental health charity as their preferred choice to work with for the next two years.

The Charity has a strong footprint in sport, working closely with Lidl and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association in the recent past and featuring as part of the 2020 Sport for Business Sport for Social Good Conference.

The new partnership will see the FAI and Jigsaw work together under a new ‘Standing Together For Youth Mental Health’ banner for the next two years initially and was launched yesterday at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown.

As part of this collaboration, the FAI and Jigsaw will produce a series of mental health support programmes aimed specifically at staff, young players and coaches across all FAI affiliates.

“We are delighted to announce Jigsaw as our new charity partner and I am particularly delighted that this decision was made by our staff across the country,” said FAI CEO Jonathan Hill.

“They are aware of the brilliant work that Jigsaw does for our young people and we all see Jigsaw as a perfect fit for the FAI.”

“We have seen from their involvement with our football clubs and leagues, at all levels of the game, just how positive an impact Jigsaw can have on the mental health of all involved in football and we are really excited now at working with Jigsaw to make a real difference at a time when mental health is such an issue in Irish society as we continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“As a staff, we are delighted to partner with Jigsaw on behalf of the FAI,” added FAI Staff committee member Andrew Holt.

“This partnership can deliver so much for boys, girls, young players and staff with all our clubs, leagues and affiliates and we look forward to working alongside everyone at Jigsaw in the coming weeks, months and years.”

The partnership will include the provision of one to one counselling sessions with young people aged from 12 to 25, community programmes, research and the One Good School initiative that echo’s the One Good Club pioneered with the LGFA and Lidl.

“Jigsaw is hugely excited to partner with the FAI,” added Head of Communications and Fundraising Mike Mansfield.

“Without the commitment of community partners like the FAI, we simply cannot continue to deliver the vital mental health supports and services our young people deserve.”

“By standing together, we aim to help us all better value and better support our young people’s mental health.”

 

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