ENGLAND star Raheem Sterling has started his new role as an Ambassador for a mental health and meditation app.
The Premier League striker, 26, is hoping to remove mental health stigma alongside the Headspace app.
He said he would meditate regularly during the Euro last summer and felt the benefits on and off the pitch.
Speaking about the app, he said, “I am delighted to be embarking on this great partnership with Headspace.
“Meditation is a practice that I have benefited greatly as a professional athlete, helping me to balance my thinking, my concentration and decrease outside noise, especially during the UEFA EURO ’20 summer tournament. “
The 26-year-old said there was “no doubt” that the practice of meditation had allowed him “to perform at the highest level consistently”.
He praised the benefits the Brits could experience if they started using the technique.
Raheem said: “It is only now that I can see the benefits of such a practice on people of all ages and I can’t wait to see the difference we can make.”
He wants to “grow the conversation around mental health, educating about tools and resources that can help people deal with everyday challenges.”
He continued, “COVID-19 has challenged us all, young and old, and it’s a great feeling to be able to support people through these challenges.”