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League Management Committee

Chair - David McPhee

David has been involved in coaching the St. Johnstone Community Trust’s mental wellbeing group since 2010 and their players were instrumental in persuading the Scottish FA to support the establishment of a mental wellbeing league originally under their auspices in 2014. Saints have had 2 teams participate in every league fixture since then and David has been at every one of those fixtures with their teams.

In his ‘day job’ David has worked within Local Government since 1993 and is the Equalities Team Leader for Perth & Kinross Council. As the lead role for equalities within the Council he co-ordinates a number of initiatives and projects within the local community and with staff for those with protected equality characteristics. He was privileged to receive the honour of being admitted to the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame in 2013 at the Scottish Parliament and has also served as a voluntary Equality and Diversity Advisory Board Member for the Scottish FA from 2016-2018. In his spare time David enjoys running, reading, 5-a-side football and attending St. Johnstone fixtures home and away and is a long-standing Tartan Army member having attended his first Scotland game in 1976.

Vice-Chair - George Watson

George has been a coach at Queen’s Park for some 14 years now during which time he has been involved in most areas of the Club including the Youth Academy, Girls & Women’s Football and Community Football.

Having helped initiate the Tackling Recovery Mental Health programme at QP back in 2009, George has since seen steady progress and continued development in Mental Health support around Scotland.

The establishment of the MH League has given everyone a real focus and this has helped improve confidence and self-esteem.

‘We can’t underestimate the power of our game. Football can be a powerful healer. We are privileged to be engaging with lots of people around Scotland who come together regularly to help improve each other’s mental health and wellbeing’.

Secretary & Trustee – Julie Mulcahy

Julie Mulcahy is a Senior C-suite Executive and Non-Executive Director who has held leadership roles in Media, Entertainment, Sport, Financial Services and Non-Profits.

Currently Julie holds a number of Non-Executive Director/Trustee roles namely; President – Harvard Business School Alumni Association of the UK, Chair – United Glasgow Football Club (SCIO), Chair & Member – South East Academy Trust (Multi-Academy), Treasurer & Trustee – The Association of Physical Education, Trustee (Governance & HR) – Suffolk County Football Association, Director – SRRA Ltd

Julie was a Partner, Chief Operating Officer and executive board director of H2O Asset Management LLP as well as Executive Fund Board Director on several of H2O’s  Funds.  In her role she was instrumental in building and developing the company’s operations and culture, both within the UK and Overseas, to serve the growing needs of a scaling business: providing commercial insight, strong governance and leadership while enabling the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.

Previously Julie was Chief Administration Officer for Amundi; the UK’s leading French Asset Manager where she supported the CEO and leadership team in their growth strategy in the UK, Asia and Australia.  She also managed the operational transformation of many of the enterprise functions, including HR, Finance, Audit, IT & Facilities, through numerous periods of significant change.

Prior to this Julie held several Senior Human Resource & Facilities Management positions at Credit Agricole, PolyGram (Universal), The Decca Record Company and the BBC where she also worked alongside the F & CO to develop the BBC’s Operations at several remote overseas locations.

Julie is a graduate and Alumni from the Harvard Business School in General Management, Behavioural Economics and Women on Boards.   

Independent Trustee – Alex McClintock

Hi I am Alex McClintock, after experiencing my own mental health struggles and an attempt on my life I discovered ANDYSMANCLUB. Everything about ANDYSMANCLUB resonated with me and it ignited a passion within me to help make a difference particularly in men’s mental health. The power of talking has become a huge part of my life.

For the past 20 years I worked in the Scottish Prison Service and have now left to take up a position working in a mental health crisis hub in Perth. I hope that my experiences and passion can help drive forward the impact of the Scottish Mental Health and Wellbeing Football League across Scotland. I will continue to do what I can to challenge the stigmas in our society to help promote positive mental fitness every day with passion and commitment.

Trustee – John McGowan

John has worked in mental health support services since 2003, initially with SAMH supporting individuals in supported accommodation and in their own homes before moving on to work at Caledonia Service which is part of Falkirk’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

In his current role of Senior Project Worker he works with adults living with severe and enduring mental illness and his service offers group activities that aim to improve well-being, increase self-esteem and self-confidence while giving individuals an opportunity to learn new skills or build on existing ones.

John played a pivotal role in integrating the Falkirk Mental Health Services in 2014 to form the Falkirk Users Soccer Experience (FUSE) which currently works in partnership with Stenhousemuir Football Club to provide weekly coaching sessions. He has also been a part of the SFA Mental Health Football League since it’s conception and is keen to help in its continuing development over the coming years.

Treasurer - Jim Cockburn

As a qualified accountant with experience in financial management within the public sector for over 40 years, I was delighted to take up the role as Treasurer for Scottish Mental Health and Wellbeing League.

I have held several roles in different public sector organisations and I am an Independent Examiner for two charities.  I am also Treasurer of a local SCIO charity which supports a sustainable environmental, growing project and provides a creative outlet for mental health.

It is fair to say that I have a keen interest in football and though I may be one of the oldest, I still enjoy weekly 5-aside football with work colleagues.

League Ambassador

League Ambassador - Mickey Weir

We are delighted to announce that ex Hibs star Mickey Weir has agreed to become the league’s first ambassador. We look forward to working with Mickey in the season ahead where he will be attending our league fixtures. 

League Rules

The Scottish Mental Health and Wellbeing League is for players aged 17 and over however, as a member of Scottish Para Football we ask all member clubs to comply with the Scottish FA Child And Wellbeing Strategy – all member clubs must also ensure that coaches have undertaken the necessary Child Protection training and registered this on Scottish FA Live.  The League Safeguarding Officer is George Watson.


Current list of member clubs

  • Clyde United
  • Destiny FC
  • Dundee United 
  • Edinburgh Street Soccer
  • EE Bears
  • IFIT
  • North Lanarkshire Kickstart Blacks
  • North Lanarkshire Kickstart Reds
  • Partick Thistle Black
  • Partick Thistle Red
  • Real Richmond
  • St Johnstone
  • Stenhousemuir
  • Street Soccer Dundee
  • Street Soccer Glasgow
  • United Glasgow

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