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Infinity FC kick off with health and wellbeing goal
Thursday 14th February 2019 @ 10:32 by Lauren Entwistle

A football team has been launched in Ashton with the hopes of stamping out the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. 

Infinity FC, made in collaboration with award-winning charity Infinity Initiatives, was launched just two weeks ago – and now boasts 224 keen followers on Facebook and a squad of 25 players aged between 19 and 30.

Djamal Denidni, 23, who volunteers at Infinity Initiatives, founded the team with the help of the charity’s director, Gemma Whittaker, just before Christmas. 

Djamal said: “We decided to set up a football team for a good cause surrounding young men with mental health issues, but also substance abuse, family problems and poverty.

“It’s just a great way to come together if people need someone to speak to, get a bit of exercise and make friends. 

“Plus, if anyone has any issues we’re in a position to point them to the resources at Infinity Initiatives.”

The team practice every Sunday at Curzon Ashton football ground, in a training slot between 4-6pm that the club has provided for free. 

Due to the overwhelming support the team has received in just over a month, they are now applying for funding in order to acquire kits and other necessities – something that Djamal is keen on for the future.

He added: “It’s important for men to talk about their feelings.

“This team has a purpose, and it’s already grown so much from being a group inbox before Christmas to us getting messages from old school mates and even complete strangers asking if they can join.”F

Infinity FC’s first friendly match is on March 23 against FOLLO FC, another team set-up as a support network for dads who have lost children.

If you’d like to find out more about Infinity FC, you can visit their Facebook page here.