Hatch Communications

Powerleague Silent Football


Powerleague Silent Football Event with CALM and Street Soccer London

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The Challenge

Develop a campaign that highlights the power of team sports in supporting and preventing mental health issues, while raising brand awareness of Powerleague sites across the UK.

Our Solution

We teamed up with Street Soccer London and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to host a Silent Football match, where for the first half of the game, players were not allowed to speak!

This was to show the importance of communication, on and off the pitch.

Paul Merson attended as our spokesperson to media, given his personal experience with mental health problems. We invited media to attend the event, including BBC Breakfast, PA Media, MOTDx, Mundial and Sunday Mirror, and hosted video interviews in front of a branded backdrop.

Influencers Big Zuu & Andrew Willz also attended and shared content across their channels. We then released a full video of the day along with a press release to key target media, plus additional vox pop content across social media from interviews with some of our 40+ players.

When it comes to results:

- 167 pieces of coverage
- 42 Million estimated reach of coverage
- A full feature on BBC Breakfast on a Saturday morning
- Interviews across BBC Radio London
- Additional coverage in Mail Online, BBC News 24, SPORF and across all regional & local newspapers in the UK
- Featured on BBC’s MOTDx show