Angels United was formed in 2020 by 13 dads from different walks of lives and backgrounds but all had one thing in common, they had suffered the heartbreak of losing a baby or child at any age or stage of pregnancy. The 13 cofounders came together with an idea to use their shared experience to help others and founded Angels United FC with the idea of using the power of football to break the silence surrounding baby and child loss while giving dads and other family members a safe space to talk and support each other.
Angels United is aimed at supporting families who have lost a baby or child at any age or stage of pregnancy. We want all people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions to feel that they can approach us with confidence when they are looking for that something positive in a time of darkness.
Football is a powerful social tool it can bring people together regardless of age, background or ability and we are using football to tackle the stigma of men’s mental health while helping all members of your family recover from losing a child. We aren’t just about having a kick about we are more than that we have a strong togetherness giving people someone to talk to, someone who will always listen and who may be able to offer some advice as they have been through what you have.
Angels United is much more than just a football club, based in Manchester we like to do things differently on pitch, we wear our distinctive pink and blue kit designed in memory of every Angel taken from the world to soon and unlike other teams we wear our Angels names on the back of the shirt. We play for them and carry them on our shoulders each game to do them proud and to represent them on the pitch. We never turn anyone away regardless of age, fitness, or footballing ability you will not just find a team to have a kick about with, but you will find a family to welcome you into the group and to provide you with support on and off the pitch.
Away from the pitch we provide support to all family members through the other sessions we put on, this might be in the form of our coffee mornings where we get together to chat over a brew and some cake or when we meet up for walk around the local park. We offer peer to peer support because we think that by using our experiences, we can help you through your heartbreak.
There are words such as ‘Widow’ for someone who has lost their husband, as far as we are concerned there is no word to describe someone who has lost a child, we call them family and want to be that shining light and safety net for families who reach out to us.
Losing a child at any stage of life can leave you feeling lost, empty & not knowing where to turn. Here at Angles United we want to help you get through the dark times and to see the light.
If you would like to find out more or see if Angels United is for you then please just drop us a message and a member of the family will get back to you.
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