FA PRESIDENT MET VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE ON TRIP TO SPORTING CHANCE CLINIC
HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, met victims and survivors affected by non-recent cases of childhood sexual abuse within football at the Sporting Chance clinic in Hampshire.
The clinic, funded by The FA and the PFA, opened in 2000 by founder, patron, and former England captain Tony Adams and specialises in helping professional and former professional sportspeople by providing support for a range of issues from addictive disorders, to bereavement, depression and anxiety.
The FA’s head of safeguarding Sue Ravenlaw joined staff from Sporting Chance, including CEO Colin Bland, the PFA’s head of welfare Michael Bennett, Dr Elly Hanson, an independent specialist in this field, and a handful of former players including former Newcastle United winger David Eatock and Ian Ackley, now a member of the SAVE organisation, to tell the story of The FA’s role in creating a specialist service for adult survivors affected by incidents that occurred in a sporting context.
Clubs needed a better understanding of looking after players' mental health.