Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has signed for Men United – and been joined by four of his players.
The Owls boss andplayers Atdhe Nuhiu, Gary Madine, Liam Palmer and Martin Taylor are backing Prostate Cancer UK’s new campaign.
Men United v prostate cancer aims ‘to unite the football community and create a new movement for change in men’s health’.
The charity wants to raise awareness of the disease and encourage men to take action.
During the coming season, Wednesday will promote the work of the Prostate Cancer UK – the Football League’s official charity partner – by highlighting both services for men and fundraising efforts.
Mr Jones said: “Football isn’t just about 90 minutes and picking up three points, it plays an important role in the communities we live in.
“We have a responsibility to our fans on and off the park and this is why I’m signing for Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Men United’ campaign.
“Men tend not to open up about difficult health matters, preferring to talk about the weekend result instead.
“The fact is, as we get older the prostate can become a problem, so we all need to be aware of the risks.
“We call on Sheffield Wednesday fans to join us by supporting Men United v prostate cancer. Together we can win this battle.”
Defender Martin Taylor said: “It is important clubs and fans alike support this positive movement for men’s health – by talking to our mates about it and bringing the subject up with our dads we can break the taboo, face up to the risk and hopefully help save lives.”
Owen Sharp, Prostate Cancer UK chief executive, said: “Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, but still too few men talk about their health.”
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