Andy’s Man Club Receives Literary Sportswriting Prize Book Donation
Men’s suicide prevention charity Andy’s Man Club received a book donation among the entries for this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
After a record 158 books entered into this year’s prize, featuring a diverse mix of authors across a wide range of sports, including tennis, rugby, football and cycling, more than 1,000 copies have been donated to the national club to support men going through a difficult time.
Among the books donated were My Journey to the Ryder Cup by retired golfer Tony Jacklin, Don Revie: The Biography by Christopher Evans and The beautiful game and the ugly truth by rugby league footballer, Kieran Gill.
Andy’s Man Club is a suicide prevention charity for men that was founded in 2016 by the family of 23-year-old Andrew Roberts, who took his own life.
With now more than 100 clubs across the UK, the group holds weekly sessions at dedicated sports venues and other venues, giving men over 18 a space to talk about their mental health. Since its launch, the club has helped thousands of men through difficult times in their lives.
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Neil Foggin, who is a judge for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, said: “This year we received an unprecedented number of excellent nominations from talented authors for our 2022 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. and instead of these sitting on our shelves, we wanted to give something back to our community.
“Many people find comfort in reading the experiences and thoughts of others and we believe books can have the power to change their lives. Andy’s Man Club is a fantastic charity, supporting hundreds of men every week and we hope their members can find some comfort and inspiration from the range of great sports books that have been nominated for this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
A spokesperson for Andy’s Man Club commented: “We are extremely grateful for the donation of a wide variety of books to our charity.
“We are confident that these books will be well received by a number of our volunteers and group members who may find comfort in the range of topics covered in this year’s entries.
“Thanks again to William Hill Sports Book of the Year for your generosity.”