Scottish energy equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists has signed up as one of the sponsors of a north-east amateur football team’s new away strip in a move that highlights mental health awareness.
The Oldmeldrum-headquartered company, which has a manufacturing base in Fyvie, is sponsoring Fyvie FC as part of an agreement that will promote the work of north-east charity Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA).
Flowline Specialists has covered the cost the club’s away shirt for the 2020-21 season, with its logo appearing on the rear of the garment. The move to place the firm’s logo on the back allows the MHA logo to feature prominently on the front of the shirt. In addition, the green mental health awareness ribbon will adorn the sleeve and the mental health awareness message “It’s okay not to be okay” will be printed on the rear of the shirt.
Jan Foster of Flowline Specialists pictured with Connor Shepherd, chairman of Fvyie FC, and club players
Fyvie FC was reformed in 2018 after a long break. In preparation for playing competitively in 2019, the club undertook extensive work to refit its clubhouse and undertake repairs to the pitch at its ground in Fyvie. The 2019 season saw the side play in the North East Scotland Football Association Welfare League. All of the maintenance at the ground and training undertaken by the team paid off as the side won division two at its first attempt.
Becoming one of the sponsors of the club’s new away strip is the latest show of support by Flowline Specialists for the north-east side. The company donated £500 to fund pitch repairs in 2018 and supported the club’s fundraising efforts in 2019. Earlier this year, it helped boost Fyvie FC’s efforts to raise money for two local care facilities by matching the club’s initial fundraising target of £1,500, ensuring over £3,000 was raised in total.
Ross Whittingham, CEO of Flowline Specialists, said: “With a base in the village, Flowline Specialists is very proud to be continuing its support of Fyvie FC and looks forward to seeing the team build on its success from last season.
“The club is to be commended for partnering with Mental Health Aberdeen to encourage people to discuss mental health and wellbeing. It is something that can affect anyone and encouraging people to talk openly about it is a responsibility we all have, either as colleagues, friends or family.”
The rear of the Fyvie FC shirt featuring the message "It’s okay not to be okay”
Established in 1950, Mental Health Aberdeen is a local charity that provides counselling and information services to adults and young people experiencing difficulties related to their mental health and wellbeing. The organisation runs projects across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and exists to promote positive mental health for everyone in north-east Scotland.
Connor Shepherd, chairman of Fyvie FC, said: “We are delighted to be doing something positive with our away shirt and hopefully it sends out a message to anyone coping with mental health issues that there is help available and they are not alone. Hopefully, we can raise awareness of the charity and bring people together through Fyvie FC.”
Anyone who is concerned about that their mental or emotional state is worsening, or if they are worried about someone they know, Mental Health Aberdeen can be contacted on 01224 573892. Mental Health Aberdeen does not exist in isolation, and organisations such as the Samaritans can also provide support and advice.
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