The FA have announced a new five-year partnership with Nuffield Health becoming the football governing body’s official health and wellbeing partner.
With more than 65 years’ experience and an industry-leading network of health and wellbeing facilities, Nuffield Health offers a full breadth of services, from physical and mental health, hospital treatments and clinical care through to rehabilitation and general wellbeing.
Our England Football teams rely on experts on and off the pitch to perform at their best, and Nuffield Health similarly understands that everyone’s health and wellbeing needs the right support.
A new survey by Nuffield Health has highlighted the impact of the pandemic on health and wellbeing, with the Healthier Nation Index* revealing that 37 per cent of UK adults are now more concerned about their mental health, with a further 40 per cent worried about the impact on their physical health.
Through the partnership, Nuffield Health aspires to be the nation’s teammate in health, building on the mental and physical benefits that football brings to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
The partnership will aim to build a healthier nation, raising awareness of the importance of positive mental and physical wellbeing and developing a series of initiatives which give people of all ages the tools and encouragement to live a healthier life.
Navin Singh, our commercial director, said: “We're very excited by this partnership with Nuffield Health. The FA aims to use football as a force for good, so it's a fantastic opportunity to be able to link up with an industry-leading health and wellbeing provider to work towards building a healthier nation.
“Nuffield Health’s purpose aligns perfectly with our assets across England teams, Wembley Stadium connected by EE and St. George’s Park and this partnership will help us to continue to unite the game and inspire the nation.”
Commenting on the partnership, Steve Gray, chief executive officer of Nuffield Health, added: “We're incredibly excited to bring our purpose to life through this long-term partnership with the FA. Football is about teamwork and community, and similarly we believe in the power of working together and supporting one another to help everyone achieve their health and wellbeing ambitions.
“Our Healthier Nation Index survey shone a light on some of the key health and wellbeing challenges affecting people today, so we’re looking forward to becoming the nation’s teammate in health and wellbeing and playing a key role in showing people how to live a healthier life and achieve better health outcomes using the power of football.”
As part of the agreement, Nuffield Health will receive several rights, including access to the England National Men’s and Women’s Senior Teams, Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park. Nuffield Health and the FA will also work together on grassroots initiatives to support the needs of local communities, giving more people the tools to live a healthier life.