Spennymoor Town were delighted to welcome Head for Change to The Brewery Field ahead of their ‘Honour Our Heroes’ campaign launch next month.
The club opened its doors for Judith Gates, founder of the charity, along with her husband Bill, who began his footballing career at Spennymoor United in the 1950’s.
Bill now sadly suffers from sports-related dementia and is just one of many former sportsman who has been affected by the neurodegenerative disease.
Former Spennymoor United players Kenny Banks, Albert Hickman and Alan Iceton were also in attendance.
There is currently no cure or treatment for the condition, but Head for Change is aiming to provide care and support, conduct research and educate people on a growing issue within the game.
Their goal is to create a safe space for sporting heroes, past, present and future that suffer from sports-related brain injuries and connect with the best brains in science and research to make positive change.
Ambassadors for the charity include the family of 1966 England World Cup Winner, Nobby Styles, Geraint Thomas OBE and James Haskell.
Starting next month, their ‘Honour our Heroes’ campaign is to honour the 1966 England football team on the 55th anniversary of them winning the FIFA World Cup for the only time in history.
The charity are encouraging football clubs to encourage their players, past players’ organisations, supporters clubs and academies to take part in activities as sponsored challenges throughout July.
All activities are to be sponsored around 1966 and 55 as the key numbers for the campaign.
For more information on the charity, how you can donate and all about the ‘Honour our Heroes’ campaign, head to their website here.