Ex-footballer Garry O’Connor teams up with charity The Destiny Project

Posted: 14th June 2023

A PRESTONPANS-BASED charity has launched its own football team to help tackle mental health issues through the power of sport.

The Destiny Project is a children’s mental health charity that provides support and advocacy, with the aim of promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people from all backgrounds.

The group is channelling its support through football, and previously hosted a five-a-side tournament to help tackle poverty.

The charity has now launched its own football club – Destiny United FC – with former Hibernian and Scotland striker Garry O’Connor as manager.

O’Connor, who lives in North Berwick, came onboard the charity last year as its sports ambassador – growing up locally and his own experiences of mental health issues were key to his desire to help further the group’s aims.

Andrew Stevenson, the charity’s founder, posted a video ahead of the team’s first training session to celebrate their launch.

He said: “Destiny United FC is about raising the awareness of mental health. Together we can end the stigma of mental health and, as always, dream, inspire, achieve, my friends!”

The club are looking to play in five, seven and eleven-a-side matches and have already teamed up with Belmont Group in Wallyford as a sponsor.


Source: East Lothian Courier

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