Looking to help raise awareness and funds as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Edge Hill Vikings up in Lancashire are hosting what hopefully becomes a yearly tradition, an Old Boys Weekend, where current and former Vikings come together for a charity game.
The Viking’s club president, John Brady, had this to say about the event:
“One of the biggest things we include in our recruitment and training is that we are a family away from home, and for many team members, friendships made in the Viking ranks have become some of the closest and longest lasting bonds they have. We could think of no better way of symbolising this than the Old Boy’s Game, where old and new Vikings alike will meet, some for the first time, to reminisce over old memories and make new ones focused around the sport we all love.”
The weekend, which includes a series of ‘Pro Bowl’ style challenges as well as a full scrimmage between the current Viking roster and the Old Boys, is part of a continued effort by the Vikings to raise awareness for men’s mental health issues. This includes the Movember campaign earlier in 2018, where many Vikings were challenged to ‘Grow the Mo’, and some took it a step further by shaving all facial hair completely. This raised over £500 for the Movember Trust, beating a target that was set at the beginning of the challenge.
All money raised from this weekend is going towards Mind Lancashire, where it will go towards mental health services ran by the charity. The Vikings have set a lofty goal of £500 to be raised during the weekend.
The Old Boys Game itself will take place at Edge Hill University between 11:00am and 2:00pm. View the event on Facebook.