WATCH: The Plymouth football team helping bereaved parents

    Sands United is a football team for those who've lost a child

    A new football team which has been set up by bereaved parents, for bereaved parents is encouraging people to talk about losing a child. 

    Sands United FC allows dads and other family members to come together through sport, and find a support network where they can talk about grief. 

    There are Sands United clubs across the country and the Plymouth one was set up in late 2019 by Hadyn 'Ed' Smith, who lost his son Michael in March 2018. 

    Ed says: "The aftermath of a loss can lead you to a very dark place, and there isn’t as of yet a lot of male focused support. The natural reaction is to just go back to work or in my case I was working my notice period when I lost my son and did not have a spare second to look for work.

    "We've had an amazing response from dads, brothers, uncles, and grandparents, who are really wanting to get on board and devote time to their angels."

    The team also commemorates their babies by proudly displaying their names on the kit worn for every match. 

    You can find out more about Sands United Plymouth on their Facebook page

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