The following is an open letter from the club chaplain, Josh Smith
Dear all connected with Wrexham AFC,
My name is Josh Smith and I’m privileged to be Chaplain to our great club Wrexham AFC. A Chaplain is a source of support for players and staff. During this time of uncertainty, I wanted to reach out to everyone involved with Wrexham AFC, whether you’re a fan, player, board member or staff.
I can’t remember anything being so serious that our country has suspended all football. For me, this was the first thing that made me think the next few weeks or months would look very different. Now we find ourselves being encouraged to stay at home, not risk any social interaction and seeing schools close across the nation.
I’m sure we’re all unsettled by this so I wanted to share a few encouragements.
Just like those 11 players on the pitch we work best as a unit. Please remember, you’re not alone, not forgotten. One of the best things about our club is the sense of community it has. If you’re feeling alone, isolated and fed up reach out to fellow supporters. Talk about some of the great results we’ve had, remember some of the fantastic players who have graced the Racecourse turf. Discuss once again that beautiful Mickey Thomas wonder goal against Arsenal and together feel that buzz about football again. We can also help each other.
If there are people who are at risk or struggling with lack of income due to changes then could you do something to help them? This may be as simple as doing their shopping or taking out the bins.
I’m sure you can all agree that the best footballers are those who remain calm. Some players never seem awed by the size or hostility of a crowd or who the opposition are. They stay calm and trust their ability and their teammates. We too have to remain as calm during this time. Follow the government’s advice, try not to panic buy and stay away from spreading fear amongst social media.
This will pass, so for now please be sensible and be brave in the face of this opposition. Stick to social distancing and self-isolation but remember we’ll get through this.
One of the main reasons I’m writing this is to encourage you to reach out. I’m here and available to listen and talk about any fears or concerns you’re having. My email address is at the bottom of this letter. I’d also suggest that you share any fears or doubts with those closest to you. At a time like this when we’re all shut off from each other physically let’s not shut off emotionally. We all have the same fears and concerns so let’s carry them together. I’ve put below other sources of help if you want to get in touch with any of them.
I hope that these words were of some comfort to you during this difficult time. Just to reiterate I am here ready to listen, support you and pray for you if you would like. My prayers are with all of you during this time and I join you in looking forward to seeing Wrexham AFC play again soon.
Samaritans: Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone, on 116 123. They have a Welsh language number 0808 164 0123
Anxiety UK: Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Men’s Health Forum: 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk
Mind: Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). Website: www.mind.org.uk
Advice from Mental Health Foundation: https://mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-healt...
Advice on talking to your children about the Corona Virus: https://www.wellbeingsouthwales.co.uk/post/how-to-talk-to-children-about...