‘Kicking off Fatherhood’ - New Dads and Football Project

The Mental Health Foundation has partnered up with Cardiff City Football Club and Cardiff University for a project learning about the experiences of men when they become fathers.

Dads who get involved will have the opportunity to talk fatherhood and football, play five-a-side games at venues around Cardiff supported by Cardiff City Foundation.

Having a child is a life-changing transition for men but there is remarkably little research around this which is reflected in the lack of services currently available for new dads. We want to find out more from dads both the good and not so good experiences.

The Dads and football project is aimed at fathers of young children and will last until December 2020, with free 5-a-side football sessions and up to 3 main free events at Cardiff City FC. The project is being funded by the Wellcome Trust and it is free to participating Dads.

Rob Abshal, a father who attended a focus group event at Cardiff City FC said:

“To be a father is a great privilege, it can be amazing, educating, challenging and consuming but above all, it can be fun! This project is important; it seeks to understand and capture the different life changing experiences for a range of fathers as they become dads to inform services in the future ”.

If you are a Dad with young children come and join us. Get involved and have fun.

For more information, please contact [email protected]