Sands United FC is a unique football team supporting fathers and other bereaved family members.
Arundel stadium hosted Sands United FC Solent and Sands United FC Brighton as both sides came together to raise awareness for stillbirths.
Andy Lindley, founder and chairman of Sands United FC Brighton said how the team has helped him.
“First I was not able to talk about my boy Dexter to now saying his name on camera loud and proud”.
The two teams only field dads and other bereaved family members who have directly been affected by the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or Neo-natal death.
Speaking on baby loss awareness week, Nick Lang, co-founder of Sands United FC Solent shed some light on what playing means to the team members.
“This week is a really important week for our community to get together.
“This helps us dads, as it gives them a chance to open a bit more about their loss”.
According to the office for National Statistics (2018), every 90 minutes, the length of a football match, a baby dies in the UK. 15 babies die very day in the UK either before, during or shortly after birth.
In what has for so long been a taboo subject for society and men in particular,
through football, players come together to support each other through baby-loss.
Each game they play is dedicated to one of the teams babies and each player has the names of their babies embroidered on their jersey next to their hearts.
The project started in March with 2 dads and since then another 48 dads/uncles have been added to the roster.