We reported earlier this year that former Solihull Borough player, Nick Mowl, had tragically taken his own life at the age of 41.
In a playing career which lasted 13 years Nick played for Bedworth United, Stratford Town and appeared in 2007 for Solihull Borough in the club’s final season. He was an experienced midfielder, hard working and a tenacious tackler – a fans favourite!
Having gained valuable coaching experience with the juniors at Coventry City and Birmingham City, he went on the be the men’s Head Coach at Birmingham University, followed by a similar post at Solihull College.
Nick was the son of John Mowl, an avid Moors supporter who can be seen at all the home matches. John was determined that Nick’s legacy should help people with similar mental health problems and he wrote;
"Last May Nick Mowl sadly passed away. It is the wish of his family and many friends that as many positives as possible come from this tragedy.
Nick loved football and seemingly life but obviously suffered quietly and we lost our friend.
To honour Nick and to raise money to support mental health awareness his friends are organising an annual charity 5 aside football competition to support the Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group are committed to promoting positive health and well being in supporting the needs of the community."
Nick’s friends at Birmingham City aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues by helping launch The Nick Mowl Cup on
May 12 at The Automated Technology Group Stadium.
The organisers also hope to raise funds for Kaleidoscope Plus Group so that people can receive mental health first aid training.
Craig Gardner, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Isaac Vassell and Paul Robinson are among those who have involved with the tournament, which kicks off next month and will also include players past and present from West Brom, Aston Villa and Wolves.
Birmingham club captain Robinson told Sky Sports News.
"We're trying to help a lot of people come out and speak about the anxieties they've had throughout their lives, "I've seen a lot of people in football that go into dark places and there's not a lot of help for them.
The tournament is a big statement that we want people to talk about the situations they're in. There's a lot of stresses throughout the world, anxieties, and so many people suffer in silence with it. Clubs themselves can improve the situation.
It's important that there are people there to help them and get them through difficult times."
Kaleidoscope chief executive Monica Shafaq said the charity hoped to launch a suicide prevention text-line with funds raised at the Nick Mowl Cup.
Birmingham coach Richard Beale, who was a close friend to Nick Mowl has also helped set up the tournament;
"It can happen to anybody at any time, anyone can suffer and we just want to prevent it happening to anybody else.
We don't want anyone to go through what Nick, his family and his friends had to go through. He loved his football and to honour him in this way with an annual five-a-side tournament will be very appropriate."
More information can be found at www.thenickmowlcup.co.uk.