CHAPS & Suffolk FA Partnership

Feb 2016

MEN'S Health Charity CHAPS are to be an official partner with Suffolk FA.

CHAPS started in 2000 as a prostate cancer charity but as so many men's health issues are inter-related, since 2008 the charity has aimed to raise awareness and provide authoritative, independent advice covering the full spectrum of men's health problems, including mental ill health.

Why men? Because 60,000 UK men of working age die prematurely every year at a rate one-and-a-half times that of women. The causes are well known: heart disease, smoking, prostate cancer, diabetes and suicide to name but a few.

Unfortunately men are notoriously slow to react to warning signs and the NHS is not well geared for men. For instance there is no prostate cancer screening service though at 11,000 a year, the death rate for this commonest of all male cancers is now similar to that for breast cancer.

Chris Booth said: "To highlight our charity, we run Men's Health Days where we provide free tests for heart disease, diabetes, skin cancer and prostate cancer screening, aortic aneurysm screening and a physiotherapy clinic.

"We started at Colchester United in 2012 and the format proved so successful that Southend United and Ipswich Town FC joined us in 2014."

"For the last two years we have performed around 2,000 individual tests for nearly 1,000 men each year, and always detect significant and unexpected problems, usually early enough for the men to take curative action."

"If men are aware of what can go wrong, they then have the chance to prevent it. We are therefore delighted to be joining forces with Suffolk FA. This will help the charity reach exactly its right target audience of young and middle aged men through the all-embracing medium of football in Suffolk."

During 2015 CHAPS has developed its WellMan 3600 Charter for employers keen to look after employees' health. The links Suffolk FA have with employment-based football teams as well as employers, sponsors and other social clubs provide another ideal opportunity for engaging with CHAPS.

CHAPS will support Suffolk FA events where it seems appropriate to promote health and well-being and look forward to this new opportunity.

Suffolk FA football Development Manager Nathan French said: "We are delighted to be supporting Chaps UK. They are a fantastic charity and naturally their target audience meets a large majority of ours."

"We look forward to working with Chris and the team in the months ahead."