HRH Prince William gives Bonnyrigg Rose Community Club a Royal seal of approval

Friday May 21st 2021


Trish Sime, Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club Development Manager, discussing mental health with Prince William at Spartans football ground.

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

When the Scottish Football Association got in touch with Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club to see if a representative could attend a meet and greet session with His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, to discuss the club’s Mental Health Programme, of course they were delighted to say yes.

Prince William is an ambassador for Positive Mental Health and recognises that through Sport, especially Football which is the sport that attracts the greatest numbers in terms of membership and supporters in the country. It is a great way to get the message out there about breaking the Stigma around Mental Health and getting people talking about Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Trish Sime, Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club Development Manager, had the opportunity to chat to the Duke of Cambridge where she was able to share all the things that Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club is currently supporting in the area and the collaborative approach to the Positive Mental Health Project with other local organisations in supporting Mental Health for the local People. The Club works with Local Organisation Health in Mind  where we support the delivery for #MidlothianMenMatter, Midlothian’s Womens group (both peer support groups). A social inclusion support group and the club is involved in supporting suicide prevention week.

The club also works closely with Lasswade High School where they are currently delivering a programme where senior pupils can get support in managing stress and anxiety. They are planning time to train staff on Mental Health First Aid and deliver online bitesize podcasts for all Pupils/ Parents

Covid saw the club get involved in 121 targeted counselling as local people approached the club for help at times of need. In partnership with local organisations, Emotion – All, Positive Mental Health Scotland (PHMS), Learning Circles Scotland (LCS), the club has been in a position to offer professional support for children and adults at a time when they felt vulnerable and in need of help.

All really positive stuff and all delivered through the power of the football club.

The club has also been shortlisted for the LNER Community Grants Fund. If successful this grant would allow the club to continue with the Mental Health Support that they currently offer and provide within the community for the next year. It would be very significant for the club and would make a huge difference to many people.

To help the club secure funding to continue to deliver this programme of work for local people then vote for Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club in the Mental Health category in the survey link below –

LNER Customer and Community Investment Fund survey

If you would like to get involved in the club’s community programme then please contact Trish at

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