The Nick Mowl Cup will be contested in May to help leave a legacy for the life of popular local footballer and coach Nick Mowl, who committed suicide a year ago.BCFC
The Nick Mowl Cup will be contested in May to help leave a legacy for the life of popular local footballer and coach Nick Mowl, who committed suicide a year ago.
Nick was a close friend of Senior Professional Development Coach Richard Beale and ex-Blues goalkeeper Maik Taylor.
The tournament, to be held at one of his former clubs Solihull Moors on Saturday, 12 May, will help raise funds for Kaleidoscope Plus Group - www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk - who will specifically use the money to help establish a Suicide Prevention Text Line service.
They hope to employ a co-ordinator and at least one text service operator who will lead in the management and co-ordination of a national text service which will keep individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts safe from harm.
The Nick Mowl Cup was launched at the Moors on Wednesday, with a special penalty shoot-out against former Northern Ireland international Taylor.
Paul Robinson, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Isaac Vassell, Craig Gardner and Dele Adebola were there to lend their support to the launch and Beale, who has been a driving force of the event.
Brian Little, Dave Busst, Mark Yates as well as former team mates, friends, work colleagues and sponsors also attended, and Nick’s parents John and Terri admitted they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the show of unity.
Stiliyan Petrov, Darren Moore and Stephen Hunt are also backing the Nick Mowl Cup, which comprises an open age five-a-side tournament as well as contests for Under-10s, Under-11s and Under-12s.
Many former local professionals are planning to play on the day, which starts at 10am.
Taylor commented: “It is going to be a great occasion celebrating Nick’s life whilst also raising awareness to let other people know who are maybe fighting this that there is help available and being on your own is not the way to go forward.
“The most harrowing thing is that we all feel no one could help Nick because we didn’t know anything about how he was.
“It’s about telling someone who could help.
“We have lost a great friend, but now this is an opportunity to get this message out there to others who may be suffering silently.”
Taylor recalled: “I played alongside Nick in the vets leagues, over-35s. He turned out for us when he was available. We got a cup final with Wychall Wanderers over at Boldmere and he was in the team.
“We won that cup final and it was one of our lasting memories, unfortunately. We celebrated on the night, went out for a nice curry with all the players together.
“Nick was very well thought of and he coached my lads about 10 or 12 years ago when they were younger. From doing that he went off to Australia for a period. When I finished playing and joined the senior sides, vets football, we got in touch again.
“It’s such a tragic loss.”
For further details and to donate, please visit www.thenickmowlcup.co.uk and follow @thenickmowlcup on Twitter.