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Healthy Kickers win Plate in Brighton on World Mental health Day 24/10/2014

On the 10th October the QPR Healthy Kickers traveled to Brighton to mark World Mental Health Day. The Healthy kickers were invited by Albion in the Community to a football tournament at Brighton & Hove Albion's American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. 


The day started for the healthy Kickers with a 7am meet at Loftus Road to travel to Lancing. 16 teams, including Arsenal, QPR, Portsmouth, Southampton and Charlton, took part in the first-ever major community event held at the club’s new training facility. 

The event was organised by Albion in the Community’s wellbeing coach Paul Brackley, who runs sessions designed to help people cope with mental health issues.
Former Albion skipper Danny Cullip turned his hand to coaching – and enjoyed a few laughs along the way - as Albion staged the first major community event at their new training round. Cullip and ex-Charlton goalkeeper Bob Bolder were on hand to offer support. 
Teams were made-up of players involved in community schemes at football clubs across the south. 
Cullip, who helped coach the Albion side, said: “The minute they walk across the white line on to the football pitch their focus is purely on enjoying the game. “Everything else goes away and they just concentrate on that, which is a fantastic thing to do.” 
The QPR Healthy Kickers competed against some really well organised teams. After getting knocked out of the cup competition, they managed to regroup and come back to win the Plate competition. QPR came up against a tough outfit in Langford Tigers in the semi-final of the plate but did manage to get through on score of 2-1. Mick Domincan got the all important goals to get the Kickers through to the final.
In a really tight nervous plate final the Kickers came out of top of a dreaded penalty shoot-out against fellow West London team the Hounslow Hawks.
Mick Domican explained the importance of the day ‘The lads battled very well all day and played some lovely football. I’m very proud to be part of this team and I’m very proud of the lads, roll on the next tournament’

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