The end of season provides the game
and our members with the opportunity
to reflect on the highs and lows of the
past 10 months. At our Awards Dinner,
meanwhile, we can celebrate the
achievements of those managers that
delivered to, and beyond, expectations,
earning the recognition of their peers.
Looking back over the last year, the 2017/18 season has
seen a step change for the LMA. While, traditionally, our
most visible attributes have been our outstanding legal
work and our collective voice on football issues, it is in
the area of personalised, one-to-one wellbeing support
services for our members that there have been most
significant developments recently.
We recognise that our members work in an environment
that, although rewarding, is demanding, high-pressure,
volatile and short-termist. The effects of this on health
and wellbeing can be immense, so helping our members stay
mentally and physically fit and cope with the challenges their
careers present, is our most important work.
With the valued support of the Premier League, we have
been able to invest significantly in improving every aspect
of our offering under LMA Wellness. We have invested in a
board of health professionals, led by LMA Wellness Director
Dr Dorian Dugmore, to shape our programmes. Managers
and coaches in the game now have access to an LMA team
of over 70 experts, consultants and advisors across all
areas of wellbeing and personal development.
Looking ahead, our biggest focus is in the area of mental
health. Under the LMA Institute of Leadership and High
Performance, our specialist mental and emotional
wellbeing consultants run masterclasses and workshops,
open to all managers and coaches in the game, on topics
including performance under pressure, mental toughness
and resilience, and sustaining high performance.
Mental health and resilience also forms an integral part
of our LMA Diploma in Football Management, providing
students with the skills and strategies they need to work
in the modern game.
All LMA members and their families have access to the
LMA Confidential Support Service, which is delivered
by our trusted health partners. This service comprises
a confidential support helpline and ongoing counselling,
support and advice, where necessary, and we are finding
that the service is being used more frequently and for an
ever-widening range of reasons.
We are also dedicated to raising awareness of mental
health in the football and sporting communities and, in
particular, to reducing the stigma that surrounds it. We
are working with the game’s other stakeholders to create
a Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy to promote
awareness and understanding of mental health and the
resources available to those working in professional
Our intention, with the support of the Premier League, is
to build on our knowledge and experience and continue to
extend the reach and reputation of LMA Wellness. We will
also deliver a number of new initiatives, including an online
support platform, an expanded range of support services
and a team of mental health ambassadors. It is our goal to
ensure that LMA Wellness is the leading provider of health
and wellbeing services in the game.
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