Prince William criticises football clubs who ignore mental health of young players

The Duke of Cambridge has hit out at football clubs for treating their young players as "financial assets" and not doing enough to support their mental health.

William, 36, warned that youngsters are being dropped by clubs, without adequate support for their future, referring to it as a "dereliction of duty."

Speaking at Windsor Park football stadium in Belfast, he said: "Some of these [football] clubs don't do anything about mental health.

"They pick a player up, he plays football, 'no good', move on.

"If we've got to change anything, we've got to change the whole way we look after players.

"Many players come from difficult backgrounds and may have all sorts of issues going on.

"So just to have them as a complete financial asset is pretty...it's a dereliction of duty I think – having these players not given the key building blocks or support."

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The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the SureStart Facility in St Joseph's Primary School in Ballymena as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge pulls a pint with the Duke of Cambridge during their visit to Belfast Empire Hall for an informal party to celebrate inspirational young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pull pints of lager as they visit the Empire Music Hall on February 27, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince William last visited Belfast in October 2017 without his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was then pregnant with the couple's third child. This time they concentrate on the young people of Northern Ireland. Their engagements include a visit to Windsor Park Stadium, home of the Irish Football Association, activities at the Roscor Youth Village in Fermanagh, a party at the Belfast Empire Hall, Cinemagic -a charity that uses film, television and digital technologies to inspire young people and finally dropping in on a SureStart early years programme. (Photo by Matt Mackey - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, as part of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge pulls a pint with the Duke of Cambridge during their visit to Belfast Empire Hall for an informal party to celebrate inspirational young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after a visit to the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after a visit to the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave after their visit to Belfast Empire Hall for an informal party to celebrate inspirational young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playing football with young children during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during his and the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaking with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge signing the visitors book during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a coaching session during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during his and the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to child (name not given) during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a canoe lesson during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a canoe lesson during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a canoe lesson during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
RETRANSMITTED ADDING NAME OF CHILD The Duchess of Cambridge comforts Jasmine Andrews who become emotional as she takes part in a coaching session during hers and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with IFA Education and Heritage manager Stephen Garrett are being shown the Nations Cup by Gemma Thornbury IFA Education and Heritage officer during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receiving football shirts for their children on their arrival for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge on an obstacle course during his and the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge on an obstacle course during his and the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at archery as she meets children during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at archery as she meets children during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children during her and the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge meeting children during his and the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Roscor Youth Village, Co Fermanagh as part of their two day tour of Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets wellwishers on her arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke of Cambridge on his arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of his and the Duchess of Cambridge's two day tour to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge on her arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets wellwishers on her arrival for her visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of her and the Duke of Cambridge's two day visit to Northern Ireland.
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The duke made the comments while meeting representatives from Ahead of The Game. The programme, launched by the Irish Football Association, works to support clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental health issues, with a focus on challenging the stigma and preventative measures.

William, who is President of the Football Association, revealed he was also working on a new campaign around mental health.

He said: "We're working on something with the FA at the moment, trying potentially to get a mental health FA Cup to have a really punchy campaign we can base something around."

Mental health is one of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan's main focuses and they work with various charities and projects to raise awareness, including the Heads Together campaign.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland. While learning about the initiatives at Windsor Park stadium, they also went head-to-head during a football match, where William joked his wife Kate "goes for the ankles."

They then visited charity Extern's Roscor Youth Village, where they got involved in a number of outdoors activities.

Last night Kate and William attended a party at Belfast's Empire Music Hall, where they met young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland.

On Thursday, they will spend the day in Ballymena, meeting with organisations that are working to create a bright future for the next generation, including the police service, Cinemagic, which uses film and visual arts to engage young people, and Sure Start, a programme that supports parents with children aged under four years old living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland.

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