The kick-off times for all of this weekend’s FA Cup third round games have been delayed by one minute to raise awareness for the FA’s Heads Up campaign, including Chelsea’s game against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Frank Lampard and teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi are also featuring in a promotional video for the campaign that will be shown on the big screens at the Bridge.
In 2020, most Premier League clubs have staff designated to helping their players through any issues they may have – including Chelsea, where Lampard is taking a big interest in his players’ wellbeing off the field as much as on the pitch.
According to Jody Morris, the assistant coach, there is an “unbelievable” support network across the club’s academy but among the first team Lampard is placing a great emphasis on ensuring none of his players are going through any personal problems without support.
“There’s always support around the club,” Morris said. “Certainly I saw it massively around the academy. The support network there is unbelievable and everybody has family, friends around them.
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“The manager especially likes to take the players aside, have a chat with them and see where their heads are at. Is everything ok at home? It’s not just the young players as well, he’s continuously doing that.
“If he sees something in training, you think someone is acting out of character, we’ve certainly got enough characters here that are front-footed enough to see if everything is OK.
“There are staff members around the building that aren’t maybe out on the grass but are always there to lend their support as well. From what I’ve seen from the club as a whole, there is a pretty strong support network around the place.”