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In football, good communication is vital. It’s what makes a team function properly – the essential oil that makes things go smoothly on the pitch. Likewise in life. The more we communicate, the more comfortable we feel. Talking to one another makes a huge difference to your mental wellbeing, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with Sells to create a special edition goalkeeper glove as part of our #KeepTalking campaign.
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Playing in goal can often feel like you’re on your own. You’re the last line of defence, solely responsible for keeping the ball out of the net. It’s all on you. If you make a mistake, that’s it, you’re done – it’s a goal. In reality though, that’s just not true: keepers are a part of the team just like any other position. You’re not alone. You have teammates ready and willing to help you out however they can. All you have to do is ask. Communicate. Keep talking.
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The same principles apply off the pitch: your teammates are there to support you. Whether you’re a keeper or not, if you feel isolated, uneasy, unhappy, anxious – anything – talk to them. Or if you can’t talk to your teammates, talk to someone else. (There are some phone numbers at the bottom of this post.) You’ll be surprised how much it helps.

By the same token, if you feel okay but you think one of your teammates might not be, talk to them. Look out for each other, support each other, whatever the situation. That’s what being a team is all about, right?

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As for the glove itself, it’s based on the popular Sells Wrap, a modern glove design that excels in rainy conditions thanks to its Adhesion Ultra Supreme palm, but, really, can be worn all year round if you typically play on slick surfaces. Lightweight and breathable fabric on the back combines with the Supreme palm – the same one seen on the Aqua Campione – to provide ultimate comfort, feel and grip. A percentage of every purchase will be donated to mental health charity Mind.

On the pitch, talking could save a goal. Off the pitch, it could save a life. #KeepTalking

The Sells Mind Charity goalkeeper glove honours the memory of former Pro:Direct Soccer employee John Paul Childs. It’s available now at prodirectsoccer.com

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