Great Lakes United Football Club (GLUFC) is hosting a day to promote mental health issues at Boronia Park on Saturday, August 11, ahead of a number of finals matches.
One in five young people is affected by mental illness, with most members in the community either personally affected or knowing someone who has been.
GLUFC is adopting the R U OK slogan, which will be printed on the playing shirts of the Premier League team.
At the R U OK event, a representative of New England Health will be on hand to answer questions about mental health, and will also be handing out pamphlets with further information.
In addition to promoting mental health, the day will be a great chance for club members to take part in non-competitive play and junior competitive matches.
This will be followed in the afternoon by the Premier League team taking on Macleay Valley Rangers, with first grade playing at 1.15pm and and reserve grade taking to the field at 3pm.
A win or draw for first grade will secure the Football Mid North Coast (FMNC) premier plate, and the reserve grade team are also on track to finish premiers with the final round next weekend.
Success in the end of season final series by this squad will mean first grade will have won four of the last six grand finals and competed in five, and reserve grade will have claimed three and competed in four.
The season has provided magnificent performances so far, and further success this year will cap it off.
The community is encouraged to go along and support GLUFC’s Premier League side; Wallis Lake, which is the elite side representing the Great Lakes region.
The club’s open men's side will play a local derby against Tuncurry in the elimination semi final at 5pm.
All up, the club has again had a great year, with the Raiders 35s, 14s and 16s teams expected to be premiers by the end of Saturday.
For the open women’s teams, the 12s, 18s and 35 Vikings will also compete in the semi finals of their competitions
The club’s junior non-competitive sides have had heaps of fun this season, thanks to all the coaches for creating an enjoyable sporting environment.
The club would like to say a special thanks to Premier League players Beau Wynter, Josh Walpole, Jarrod Naylor and Reyne Black who have all given their time to coach the 14s, 16s and 18s.
This has been really special for all the boys and girls in these sides.