Spurs legends support mental health charity at Hackney Marshes event

Tottenham Hotspur legends are playing a football match at Hackney Marshes later this month to help raise awareness of mental illness.

Former professional footaballers Garry Brooke, Gary Mabbutt, Daren Anderton and Mark Falco are tipped to be playing at a free event at Hackney Marshes Centre on May 27.

They are playing at the official launch of the Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) Sports Charity fun day which will see former Spurs players take to the pitch with PMA Football League players.

They hope to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness through involvement in sport.

Midfielder Garry Brooke said: “We’re really looking forward to the day and helping the PMA. It’s for a good cause, and as always, if we can help in any way, we will.”

The day is open to all and includes a fun run, old fashioned sports day and skills session with the former Spurs players before they take to the field themselves at 3.30pm.

PMA founder and Chief Executive, Janett Hynes MBE, said: “It will be a massive boost to all involved to have the legends of THFC come down. They are all football icons of the past and great role models. We are hoping that the day will help us highlight the service and that the general public will realise that mental health can strike anyone at anytime.

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“The lads playing are an inspiration to others and are helping us to challenge the stigma that surrounds mental illness”.

PMA uses sport to aid the recovery people living with long-term mental health problems.

Team registration begins at 10am, with matches kicking off from 10.15. For more information visit www.pmasports.com or contact Martine Morris on 07939801100.