Headway welcomes new rules for Premier League

Leading brain injury charity Headway has welcomed new rules on how Premier League football clubs deal with head injuries.

“We are pleased to see the football authorities have addressed the serious issue of concussion,” said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway. “The measures announced today are a significant step forward in the protection of footballers at all levels and therefore are warmly welcomed.

“The more we know about head and brain injury, the better we understand the risks of continuing to play competitive sport following a concussion. The guidelines at all levels, from FIFA to the FA and Premier League, have to date been insufficient and ineffective, as demonstrated by numerous high-profile examples.

Headway Preston & Chorley welcomes compulsory cycle helmets

Headway Preston & Chorley has warmly welcomed the introduction of a law in Jersey to make it compulsory for children under 14 to wear helmets while cycling. The charity will be supporting and promoting, wherever possible, the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling.

Liz Bamber, Headway Development Officer said, ‘Preston has seen an increase in cyclists since the creation of the Guild Wheel which is used by professional cyclists and families alike. Being a keen cyclist, I use the wheel regularly and I am staggered by the number of people still not wearing helmets. It is hoped that the UK will follow Jersey’s example very soon’.

This is the first law of its kind to be passed in any jurisdiction in the British Isles and has been labelled by Headway – the brain injury association as ‘a momentous landmark in child protection’. The law has been equally welcomed by other charities, including the Child Brain Injury Trust and the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust.
The legislation was introduced following a vote in the States Assembly of Jersey on 17 July 2014.

Ben Price joins Headway as patron

Corrie star Ben Price has pledged his support to Headway Preston & Chorley by agreeing to become a patron.

Ben’s relationship with Headway began last year after he found out his character Nick was to be involved in a car crash that would result in him sustaining a brain injury. Keen to play the role as accurately as possible, Ben contacted us to learn more about how brain injury can affect individuals and their families.“I am delighted to have been asked to be a patron of the Preston and Chorley group of Headway,” said Ben. “They have provided me with an invaluable insight into the effects of brain injuries.“Their work forms an essential service to support brain injured individuals, their families and carers.”

 

 

Louise Sheffield, Chair of Headway Preston & Chorley, said: “Ben’s support means the world to all our volunteers, staff and of course the members who we support.“Having spent some time with our members, getting to know them and learning more about how brain injury affects them on a daily basis, it is wonderful that Ben has agreed to be become our patron.“We are all thrilled as with Ben’s support we can hopefully make more people in the region aware of the effects of brain injury and the fact that Headway is here to help.”Ben’s support of Headway has already resulted in numerous national television, newspaper and magazine mentions for the charity. Back in November, the actor visited the group and afterwards stated his day was ‘nothing short of inspiring’.

 

Ben Price - Headway patron

 

Ben will join Headway Preston & Chorley’s first patron, Graham Alexander, Fleetwood Manager who has been with Headway for the past 3 years.