Sydney FC has this year again partnered with beyondblue, and is taking on Melbourne Victory in the fourth annual beyondblue Hyundai A-League Cup.
As the current holders of the beyondblue Cup, Sydney FC now has two wins under its belt, and is keen to notch another win to add to its tally in Saturday’s game.
Despite the fierce rivalry between the two sides, both are committed to the message that depression and anxiety don’t discriminate, and can affect anyone of any age and stage in life, particularly men.
On Wednesday, Sydney FC players took part in an information session facilitated by beyondblue Board Director Paul Howes, where new beyondblue ambassador and former A-League player Dez Giraldi gave a personal account of his experience with depression and anxiety, and his recovery.
beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said both teams were committed to promoting good mental health in the Australian community, and called on football fans to take action if they or someone they know is experiencing depression or anxiety.
“We know that one in seven Australian men is currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both, so it is vital our message is heard by everyone in the Australian community,” he said.
“We are enormously grateful to Sydney FC for their support of beyondblue and for playing against Melbourne Victory in the beyondblue Cup for the fourth year running.”
“With their continued support, we can ensure Australian football players and fans are informed about the importance of maintaining good mental health, in the same way they look after their physical health.”
Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque said he is proud to be an ambassador for the beyondblue Hyundai A-League Cup and hopes it raises awareness and inspires people to tackle depression and anxiety.
“The beyondblue Cup is always a fantastic occasion between the Hyundai A-League’s two biggest clubs. At Sydney FC, we are proud to be supporting such a worthy cause and helping to raise awareness of men’s health issues and depression.
“The more we can do as professional footballers to stamp out the stigma surrounding mental health conditions the better. Saturday should be a great game between two of the current strongest teams in the league who both play very entertaining football. I hope everyone enjoys the day.”
Victory Will Be Sky Blue this Saturday night as Sydney FC takes on Melbourne Victory in the annual beyondblue Cup at Allianz Stadium, 7.30pm. Pre-purchase your ticket online here for free public transport to and from the game.