Watch: Deeney & The Duke Play Heads Up Jenga
The Duke of Cambridge has kicked off a conversation about mental health with stars from men’s and women’s football - including Watford captain Troy Deeney - over a game of Jenga.
As part of the Heads Up campaign, The Duke of Cambridge joined Deeney as well as Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, Wycombe Wanderers’ Adebayo Akinfenwa and former Arsenal women’s player Kelly Smith for a game of Jenga with a difference.
Drawing on their own experiences on and off the football pitch, the players shared personal anecdotes as they opened up about how they manage pressure, and discussed with The Duke the importance of talking and why mental health should no longer be a taboo subject.
In the film, Deeney reflects on personal tragedy and the power of talking, and ex-Watford loanee Townsend reveals how a meaningful ‘How are you?’ from his manager helped him return to scoring on the pitch.
Speaking in the film, The Duke of Cambridge says: “Part of this is all about just being more open about how we feel and just being able to talk about those feelings and everyone not shying way. I think we’re quite modest in this country, we don’t want to delve, we don’t want to upset, we don’t want to offend anyone, so therefore we don’t really ask. And actually we’ve got to be a bit more punchy and say, how are you doing, and do you want to talk a bit more about that?”
The film was created to help launch the ‘Heads Up Weekends’, which are seeing football unite in a bid to kick off the biggest ever conversation around mental health.
Fans are encouraged to visit HeadsTogether.org.uk/Heads-Up for tips on how to #KickOffAConversation about mental health, and to watch the full video with Deeney and The Duke of Cambridge.