FA has announced partnership with Alzheimer’s society for the next two seasons.
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partner for the next two seasons as the studies at the University of Glasgow show that professional footballers are at an increased risk of developing dementia depending on the length of their careers and their playing position.
Former England striker and World Cup winner Sir
, an Alzheimer's Society ambassador, said of the partnership:
"It's incredibly exciting to see The FA partner with Alzheimer's Society, especially after a huge year for the nation's most-loved sport. This partnership has the potential to change the landscape of dementia in football on a massive scale.
"Too many of my colleagues from the unforgotten team of '66 have been affected by dementia - a group of remarkable men.
"I will never forget the memory of us all doing a lap of honor at Wembley and walking up to the Royal Box to face the Queen, trophy in hand.
"But the reality is that Wembley could be filled ten times over with people living with dementia in the UK, with millions more lives affected."
The partnership will help Alzheimer’s society to raise funds for some support services such as dementia Connect support line, which has been used more than 5.5m times since March 2020; and increasing its capacity could help so many people who have dementia.
The partnership’s general goal is to help bring dementia out of the shadows and tackle the stigma surrounding the condition by raising a greater understanding of dementia among the footballing community.
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