Tottenham to appoint first Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Manager
Written by Training Ground Guru — August 26, 2021
TOTTENHAM are advertising for their first Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Manager to “drive workforce awareness and development about mental health and embed it into all aspects of the business.”
Brighton have been pioneers in this area, setting up a Performance Psychology and Wellbeing department headed up by James Bell last year.
Now Spurs are also looking to focus on this important area and are advertising for someone to “lead and develop the mental health and wellbeing services club-wide.”
The successful candidate will be based at the club’s training ground and at their administrative offices at Lilywhite House. They will work with all teams, but much of their focus will be on the Academy, both boys and girls, “working to define and roll out the Academy Mental Health strategy for all players throughout their journey.”
The person will also help to formulate a mental health strategy and action plan for the club as a whole.
Last year, Brighton's Senior Performance Psychologist for the Women’s Team, Sarah Murray, told TGG about the work the club was doing around wellbeing.
“Traditionally, in football and in other sports, we’ve been keen to have the wellbeing space over here and the performance space in another corner,” Murray explained.
“At the club, we are in a very unique and privileged position of having a really exciting restructure within our performance psychology and wellbeing team.
“They are now within one department across the whole club, across every team. We have a Mental Wellbeing Manager (Moseley) who sits across the whole club and is within the performance psychology and wellbeing team.
“Dan Ashworth (the Brighton Technical Director) has been an absolute catalyst for the promotion of performance psychology and mental wellbeing and - most importantly of all - of having them in the same space, because they are inextricably linked.”