Tamworth Magpies support headspace and mental health with special jersey

GOING GREEN: Tamworth players Eliza Bennett, Jamieson Murphy and Matt White. Photo: Gareth Gardner
GOING GREEN: Tamworth players Eliza Bennett, Jamieson Murphy and Matt White. Photo: Gareth Gardner

TAMWORTH Rugby Club will shed it’s tradition black and white in favour of green, to support the local mental health headspace branch.

Tamworth fullback and health professional Isaac Woodbury said using sport was a natural way to start the conversation about mental health

“Especially for blokes our age, it’s often a conversation a lot of us avoid if someone isn’t feeling alright or they might be a bit scared to tell a mate,” Mr Woodbury said.

“So for headspace to put their hand up and show not just us, but the whole community, that it’s OK to talk about mental health is huge. It helps break down the stigma around it.”

Tamworth players are going the extra mile this weekend to raise funds for the charity, from selling raffle tickets to auctioning off their jerseys. 

“One of [coach Peter Burke’s] goals is to get players more involved in the club and community and I think it’s rubbing off on us,” Mr Woodbury said.

The club’s functions coordination Simon Upton said the Magpies were proud to support such a worthy cause.

“The club is dedicated to the community and the players have an ongoing interest in supporting headspace Tamworth – it’s a great asset in our community,” Ms Upton said.