Sporting Chance Contacted By 10 Players After Gary Speed's Death

By: Steve Sutcliffe |
30/11/11 |
Gary Speed

The chief executive of the Sporting Chance clinic says he has been contacted by 10 professional footballers since Gary Speed’s death.

Set up by Tony Adams in 2000, the clinic has helped many players beat depression and addiction.

“Ten players have contacted me to seek help since the news broke,” Peter Kay told BBC Radio 5.

“That is an unusual amount. But I’m loathed to suggest Gary Speed’s tragic death can be linked to anything positive,” he added.

“We’re talking about players across all the leagues. Mental illness does not preclude anyone. Regardless of profession, wealth or status.”

“I can’t imagine the desperation someone feels when they get to [the stage of suicide].”

“But through my own personal experiences and my staff’s personal experiences, we can help sporting professionals feel less lonely.”

Speed, who was found dead at his home in Cheshire on Sunday aged 42, made over 800 appearances as a professional for Leeds Utd, Everton, Newcastle Utd, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United during a 22-year playing career.

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