A research proposal on mental health issues in Football – supported by the Scottish FA - has been selected by UEFA for its prestigious Research Grant Programme.
The project was one of six chosen from 52 applications and has been awarded in memory of Dr Stewart Hillis, a former member of the UEFA Medical Committee who passed away last year.
A principle aim of the University of Glasgow Research Group will be to examine the incidence of mental health issues in Scottish Football (both male and female players) and find out the best way to manage those identified with mental health issues.
Working with PFA Scotland and Scottish Women’s Football, the group will shortly conduct a survey of players in Scotland and implement a pathway to allow players to access an appropriate health professional.
The proposal has been drawn up by University of Glasgow teacher Katy Stewart, who is also a part-time employee of the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Stadium.
Speaking to the Scottish FA she said: “We are delighted to be awarded this Grant, particularly in the memory of the late Professor Stewart Hillis who worked tirelessly over a number of years to ensure player welfare in Scottish Football and it is a fitting tribute for him to be acknowledged by UEFA for all his hard work."
The UEFA Research Grant Programme was created to support the work of researchers studying for or already holding a PhD and analysing European football. Each project is granted up to £10,600 of research funding.
The six researchers will now spend the next ninth months working on their projects – with the co-operation of their National Associations – before reporting back with their funding next year.
Jury chairman William Gaillard said: "There is considerable variety in the topics; the multi-disciplinary element is one of the most interesting aspects of this programme."