Plans are underway for a new Andy’s Man Club in Alloa following a local football team's moves to join forces with the peer-to-peer support group.

Alloa Unathletic is forging a partnership with Andy’s Man Club, who have a strong UK presence and groups in neighbouring areas such as Stirling, Denny and Falkirk.

the football team play in the Appin Warriors Premier League, which has been tailored to offer player support for both physical and mental well-being.

Alloa resident, and Unathletic player, Scott King said: “Raising awareness of men's mental health is vital for personal well-being and for Alloa Unathletic, as it fosters a supportive environment, breaks stigma, and promotes mental well-being within the team and the broader community.

“As a founding team of the league, we felt we had to lead by example. We sought partnership with a local charity but struggled to find one in Clackmannanshire, so ended up connecting with Andy’s Man Club.

“We solidified the partnership last week, and now there are plans to start an Andy’s Man Club in Alloa. To make this a reality, we need volunteers to help host the meetings and manage the club in Alloa.”

Scott explained the positive impact a club could have on the area, saying it would make a significant difference in the community by fostering mental health awareness, providing a support network, and contributing to the overall well-being of individuals.

“Additionally, having guys share their feelings in a place like The Andy's Man Club can benefit not only the individual but also their families," he said. "By addressing mental health issues early on, it may alleviate burdens on the NHS, potentially preventing more severe issues down the line.”

The Appin Warriors Premier League have strived to make the teams in their league a safe space for men struggling with whatever issues they face.

Scott said: “The league has been instrumental in providing support and creating a safe space for both myself and my teammates, enhancing camaraderie and addressing mental health concerns collectively.

“It was initially formed in 2022 with 12 teams, including Alloa Unathletic, and has now expanded to 22 teams across two leagues. This growth has positively impacted over 1500 individuals, motivating them to get off the couch and improve their mental and physical fitness through active participation in the league.”

Currently there is no definite venue for the proposed Andy’s Man Club, but ideally they are looking for a community-friendly space to allow for as much accessibility as possible.

Anyone who would like to get involved should email or go to social media platforms for information on volunteering or support opportunities.