Sydney FC are set to contest the ninth annual Beyond Blue Cup on Sunday 17 November against Melbourne Victory.
For the first time ever, the Beyond Blue Cup will be played for across both the Westfield W-League (kick off 4pm AEDT) and Hyundai A-League (kick off 6:30pm AEDT) matches on the day, with the aggregate scoreline determining the winner.
Sydney FC are proud to partner with Beyond Blue to make a difference in the lives of those affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.
This year’s message is driven by ‘one percenters’ that can make a difference in looking after your mental health. In football the awesome goals get all the attention, but the one-percenters are just as important (the warm-up, a healthy diet, and communicating with your team mates).
It’s the same with your mental health. These are the little things we do every day to strengthen our mental wellbeing and this could be as simple as scheduling some down-time, eating well, getting enough sleep or catching up with people important to you.
Four-year ambassador to Beyond Blue for the annual cup match Alex Wilkinson said he is proud to step up and support Beyond Blue again, now particularly as captain of the Hyundai A-League team: “Beyond Blue does an enormous amount of good work and I’m delighted to be able to support that through Sydney FC and our relationship with the organisation.
“Each year we play for the Beyond Blue Cup and I think it’s a fantastic way to raise awareness of the hugely important work done by Beyond Blue to help those living with anxiety and depression.”
Teresa Polias will also be vying for her first crack at the Beyond Blue Cup and is proud to join the team of support: “It’s great for our W-League team to be able to join together and support this fabulous organisation this Sunday for the first time.
“Playing for Sydney FC means we are well aware of the excellent work done by Beyond Blue who the club have partnered with for many years, and it’s exciting that our women’s team are also now competing for the trophy.”
Both teams will wear Beyond Blue wristbands for the match to show their support throughout the day.
Beyond Blue’s Ambassador, Simon Gillard spoke to the Hyundai A-League team about his experience with mental health and the importance of talking about mental health, and will also speak with the Westfield W-League team ahead of the match.
Susan Anderson, Beyond Blue’s Deputy CEO, Services and Service will deliver key messages at the Sky Blues’ Chairman’s Club function at the clash.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to the game, show your support for Beyond Blue and make a difference to mental health in Australia by starting by developing your own one percenters.
For more information on anxiety, depression and suicide prevention visit www.beyondblue.org.au. If you or a loved one need support, reach out to the Beyond Blue support service. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone (1300 22 4636) and from 3pm-12am AEST on web chat and email (www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support).