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    Six top tips on hydration for health

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    We’re working to tackle suicide

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    Callum Lang signs for Motherwell

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    Our new shorts partner Document Solutions

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    Next up: Ross County

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    Pay-per-view of Motherwell matches available

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    ‘Well held by Hamilton

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    Next up: Hamilton

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    Live streaming issues from Rangers friendly

  • First team

    ‘We’ll learn from this’

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    Six top tips on hydration for health

    Six top tips on hydration for health

    We are always being told to drink more water, but is it as important as we think?

    As we head into the summer months, with warmer weather on the rise, it gives us a great opportunity to bring our attention back to the basics around water and how increasing our intake can have hugely positive benefits to both our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

    Our partners Paycare have the following advice on the impact of keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water has on our mental health.


    “Water is one of the key contributing elements that allow us to thrive,” Paycare’s wellbeing manager and mental health first aid trainer at Paycare, Kerry, explains.

    “Drinking the recommended amount of water every day is essential for taking care of our mental health. Dehydration can rapidly impact on how we think and feel, suggesting that there could be mood cognitive consequences.

    “We can often sometimes associate lack of drinking water with thirst, however, by the time you are thirsty, you have already hit a potential mood change. This of course, can then have an impact on work, concentration and potentially relationships too. Drinking enough water keeps our brain and overall health in check.”

    With water making up nearly two-thirds of our body – keeping our water levels up is a must, making it essential for our body to function properly.

    So we can explore the physical benefits of staying hydrated, this month we’ve teamed up with, friend of Paycare and healthcare expert, Laura Butler of WelLBe Coaching, who provides us with 6 top tips to staying hydrated.

    “Water influences and supports all of the vital systems in the body, meaning that the benefits of upping our intake are quite literally, endless,” she said.

    “Everything from increased brainpower to providing energy, promoting healthy weight management, flushing out toxins, improving complexion, boosting the immune system, preventing headaches, lubricating your joints and much more. In fact, quite often when you think you are hungry, you are actually dehydrated and craving water.

    “But how much is enough and what if you don’t like the taste? Here are my 6 top tips when it comes to increasing your water intake successfully.”

    How much should I be drinking?

    Depending on your unique body size, the amount of water your body requires will vary greatly, however the national recommended amount is between two to three litres per day.

    This can be affected by how much exercise you do, the more you sweat the more you need to re-hydrate, how much caffeine you drink, try going one for one on caffeine and water and whether you are in a hot climate. Super-hot summers require more water.

    How do I know I am drinking enough?

    Well, it seems a little graphic but when your urine is on the light side. If you’re going to the toilet and your sample is dark and there’s not much of it, then you’re likely not drinking enough water.

    If you have to empty your bladder about every two or three hours then you’re about right, but if you’re going constantly, you could be drinking too much water.

    Take note, when you first start to increase water consumption, you WILL need to go to the bathroom more often than you’re used to, but that will only last for a few days and then the body will adjust.

    Pimp your water

    I meet a lot of people who struggle early on to drink 2 litres of water au naturel every day, if this is you, here are my favourite ways to make water more exciting:

    • Add slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or orange to water
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Add mint leaves to water
    • Use a fabulous drinking glass or goblet
    • Heat water and drink with lemon
    Make water a habit

    When you first try to increase your water intake you may find that even with the best intentions you can forget to drink your target amount throughout the day, but keep going.

    It takes time to embed a new habit and you can do yourself a favour by setting water reminders on your phone, leaving glass bottles of water in your car, on your desk, at home.

    Or keep a lovely jug of filtered water in your fridge at home or near your workspace containing the amount of water you want to drink each day or a time marked water bottle.

    Start the day the healthy way

    Drinking water first thing has so many health benefits including boosting your metabolism, especially if it is warm with a slice of lemon.

    I always recommend one to two glasses of water first thing in the morning. You’ve been asleep for six to 10 hours, so it’s time to hydrate. This can even replace morning coffee, as rehydrating the body and brain will lead to clearer thinking and better energy.

    Filtered water

    Filtering water improves the taste and smell of water, often by reducing chlorine, which is added to kill harmful bacteria. Some filters can also reduce other contaminants such as lead, benzene, MTBE, chloramines, and PCBs.

    There are many types of water filters as well as many types of water filtering technologies. Finding the “best one” depends on the amount of space you can afford to clear out for it, your budget, and the specific water contaminants in your area.

    If you can’t access a filter for your water, then let drinking water stand at room temp for an hour or more, this reduces the amount of chlorine in drinking water, as the chlorine will evaporate.

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    We’re working to tackle suicide

    We’re working to tackle suicide

    Almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire.

    This season, we are continuing our support of North Lanarkshire Council’s efforts to save lives.

    We are working in partnership with them to help tackle suicide in local communities.

    Our players will carry the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire logo on their sleeves throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

    As well as other initiatives, we will also be displaying helpline information around Fir Park Stadium.

    “Mental health worries have increased for many people during the coronavirus pandemic and the need to raise awareness about suicide prevention has never been greater,” Lynne MacDonald, Suicide Prevention Lead Officer at North Lanarkshire Council said.

    “Motherwell FC are long-standing partners in our campaign to prevent the tragedy of suicide in our communities. The club has always embraced the opportunity to raise awareness around this very sensitive subject.

    “Football provides a platform for reaching out to people. By displaying the suicide prevention logo on their strips, people across the county will see it.

    “We are so grateful to everyone at Motherwell FC for supporting this campaign. This partnership provides a visible and positive step towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of people across Scotland.”

    Alan Burrows, chief executive of Motherwell FC, added: “It is important to us as a club, and a central part of this community, to continue our support for this initiative.

    “Suicide affects so many families in this area and has had a direct impact on young supporters’ families in recent months. We want everyone to know that support is out there, and the first step towards it is to talk to someone.”

    For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer or call 0800 073 0918.

  • First team

    Callum Lang signs for Motherwell

    Callum Lang signs for Motherwell

    Callum Lang is the latest addition to the Motherwell squad for the 2020/21 campaign.

    The forward signs on a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic, subject to international clearance. He will wear the number 29 jersey.

    “I can’t wait to get started,” said the 21-year-old. “I’ve only heard good things about the club. It sounds like the perfect place for me.

    “The manager has told me all about how we train, how we play and how he can improve me as a player. I think I can really push on in this team and help them.

    “I spoke to Cédric Kipré about coming here as well and he spoke very highly of the club. It was a chance I absolutely had to take.”

    Lang has scored one goal every 228 minutes in his career to date in Leagues One and Two in England.

    Having joined Wigan as a youngster in 2013, he has spent time on loan in recent years at Morecambe, Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town.

    “I’m really pleased to get Callum signed,” said manager Stephen Robinson.

    “We’ve tried a few times to get him before, so we’re delighted to have been able to this time.

    “He can play anywhere across the front three. He will add more goals and creativity to our front line, and add more competition for places.”

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    Our new shorts partner Document Solutions

    Our new shorts partner Document Solutions

    Document Solutions are our new partners, taking pride of place on our first team shorts for the 2020/21 season.

    We’re delighted to welcome the company, who are innovative leaders within the industry of office, print and communications across Scotland and Ireland.

    Their diverse range of photocopiers, printers, MFDs and software solutions enables them to provide a ‘best fit’ solution for each client.

    “We care passionately about our clients and our staff, as well as significantly supporting many needy causes across Scotland and Ireland,” Gerry Strain, managing director of Document Solutions, said.

    “It’s really clear to me as the owner of Document Solutions that the excellent values of Motherwell Football Club in all that they do. How they conduct themselves is very much aligned with our own mission statement of honesty, integrity and trust.

    “As the club embarks upon a new season with the added excitement of European football, Document Solutions are delighted to support them fully and work in partnership with them. We wish them every success.

    “We are also keen to provide companies associated with the club some unique offerings for their business environments at extremely preferential rates and additionally, we’d like to invite supporters of Motherwell Football Club to follow us on our social media platforms for giveaways and competitions.

    “We trust that this partnership will prove beneficial for both parties and will be the beginning of a long, successful association.”

    Alan Burrows, chief executive of Motherwell FC, added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Document Solutions as the club’s official shorts partner for the first team.

    “The company are well established in Scotland and Ireland and have premises in the Lanarkshire area, which make them a great fit for the club.

    “We’re very much looking forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

    Next up: Ross County

    The Scottish Premiership returns for 2020/21 on Monday 3 August as Motherwell travel to take on Ross County.

    The final fixture of the first round of action kicks off at 7.45pm BST.

    The game is broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, and is also available to watch on our live service outside of the UK and Ireland.

    Tale of the tape

    Stephen Robinson’s side were the victors in the last encounter between the pair in March, with a 4-1 win at Fir Park coming courtesy of an Allan Campbell double and strikes from Mark O’Hara and Tony Watt.

    Motherwell also won on their last trip to Dingwall, coming from one down on Boxing Day to equalise through debutant Ross MacIver before Declan Gallagher’s sensational last-minute winner.

    Form guide

    ‘Well ended their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw with Hamilton on Saturday. That followed defeat at Rangers, a 3-2 home loss to Kilmarnock and a 1-0 win over Dundee United.

    County were defeated 2-0 away to Celtic on Sunday in a closed-doors friendly.

    Watch or listen live

    In the UK, the only place to see the game live is on Sky Sports. Online pay-per-view will not be available.

    There will be audio commentary available on our live streaming service, priced at £6.99 per month or £70 for the season. Sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Outside of the UK and Ireland, you can watch a video stream of the match through our live service.

    All Scottish Premiership games, home and away, are available to view on our live streaming platform to fans based abroad.

    Priced at £150 for the season, or £15 per month, sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk today.

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    Pay-per-view of Motherwell matches available

    Pay-per-view of Motherwell matches available

    The majority of our forthcoming Scottish Premiership games will be available to watch online on a pay-per-view basis in the UK and Ireland.

    While we remain behind closed doors or in partially-closed stadiums, we will be able to bring you the games at Fir Park via our live streaming platform.

    Access passes for home league matches will be sold for £12 and can be bought for individual games at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Season ticket holders will continue to receive live streams of home league matches as a free add-on. You do not have to pay anything extra.

    When we’re on the road, most of our opponents will also sell access to the game via their own respective live platforms. Full details on a match-by-match basis will be provided nearer the time. Each club may set a different price for pay-per-view at their stadiums and most will charge more than £12.

    The only exception will be if a match is picked by Sky Sports for live TV broadcast. Those games will be unavailable for pay-per-view purchase in the UK and Ireland, whether we are at home or away.

    That means our season opener at Ross County will be exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, as will our trip to face Hibernian on Saturday 15 August.

    Our first pay-per-view fixture will come against Dundee United at home on Saturday, 8 August. Kick-off is at 3pm BST. That is then followed by the visit of Livingston on Wednesday, 12 August at 7.45pm. Details on how to buy will be communicated shortly.

    Want more in the UK and Ireland?

    You can add on a subscription to your season ticket package which gets you guaranteed live audio from every away game, as well as the chance to watch 90 minutes back in full and the match highlights from 10pm after every match.

    Priced at £6.99 per month or £70 for the season, sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk today.

    Based outside the UK and Ireland?

    All Scottish Premiership games, home and away, are available to view on our live streaming platform to fans based abroad.

    Priced at £150 for the season, or £15 per month, sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk today.

    Got a season ticket?

    You’ll be able to watch every Scottish Premiership match played at Fir Park, whether it is on Sky Sports or not. Guaranteed.

    First, head to live.motherwellfc.co.uk. Have your season card ready.

    Then press sign in in the top right corner and enter your details using the following example:

    Username: firstname-surname-customernumber
    Password: customernumber

    For example, Joe Bloggs’ customer number on his season ticket is 24141.

    He would sign in as joe-bloggs-24141
    His password would be 24141

    Please change your password after you sign in for the first time.

    Your customer number is displayed on your season card. If you don’t know it, please call 01698 333333 between 9am and 5pm, or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    If you have more than one season ticket in your family, you will each have your own login details. You may only receive one email if you share an email address on our system.

    If you have two first names on your season card, for example your name is Peter John Morrison, then please put a space between your first names in your username.

    If you can’t login, please email tvsupport@motherwellfc.co.uk.

  • First team

    ‘Well held by Hamilton

    ‘Well held by Hamilton

    Motherwell were held by neighbours Hamilton Academical in a bounce game on Saturday.

    Liam Donnelly and Ricki Lamie netted headers from Liam Polworth corners but, despite having the bulk of the chances, were unable to claim victory.

    The hosts started the brighter and had the early chances.

    Hastie’s pass into the area from the right found Polworth, who twisted away from his man and went down calling for a penalty.

    With nothing given, the ball fell to Campbell whose low side-footed effort was straight at goalkeeper Fulton.

    Close to the half hour mark, the visitors could have taken the lead. Ross Callachan snuck in behind the defence to latch onto a pass from the left side, and foudn himself one-on-one with Carson.

    With the goal at his mercy, his shot from 15 yards brought out a stunning reflex stop from the ‘keeper.

    Straight up the other end, David Turnbull thought he was sure to score after Long played him in on the penalty spot.

    But Accies’ trialist defender got across him in the nick of time to stick a toe in and divert the ball away as he was set to pull the trigger.

    With five minutes left in the half, Motherwell took the lead.

    Polworth’s delivery from the left was to the front post, where Donnelly had steamed across the front of his man to head in to the left side of the net.

    Just minutes later, Accies would ensure they’d go in at the break level.

    Scott McMann found room down the left on the overlap and shot low across Carson, finding the bottom right corner at a tight angle.

    O’Hara and Watt replaced Turnbull and Donnelly at the interval as Motherwell again started brighter. But they found themselves behind in the 57th minute.

    McMann’s ball from the left was met by the run of substitute Marios Ogkmpoe, who managed to loop his header over Carson into the right side of the net.

    Motherwell continued to press, with sub Sherwin Seedorf eager to impress with a number of efforts from a lively outing on the right side.

    The Steelmen’s leveller would come with 20 minutes to go. Another Polworth corner from the left found the run of Lamie, who got between the defenders to power a header home.

    There would be further half chances for Stephen Robinson’s side through Seedorf and Watt, but the fourth test of pre-season would end level.

  • First team

    Next up: Hamilton

    Next up: Hamilton

    Motherwell take on local rivals Hamilton Academical in a closed-doors bounce game on Saturday.

    It’s game four of pre-season for the Steelmen, having already taken on Dundee United, Kilmarnock and Rangers so far.

    Kick-off at Fir Park is at 2pm BST. This game is not open to spectators.

    Tale of the tape

    A 0-0 draw was the result in the last competitive clash between the pair, with Motherwell passing up late chances to take a derby win away from home.

    Accies won on their last visit to Fir Park in December 2019, but Stephen Robinson’s side have won three and drawn two of the last six encounters.

    Form guide

    Motherwell were defeated 4-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday night against a Rangers side who had come off the back of wins in France against Lyon and Nice.

    Before that, a 3-2 home defeat to Kilmarnock came after a 1-0 victory against Dundee United.

    Hamilton beat St Mirren 2-1 in a home friendly last weekend, with David Moyo and Lewis Smith on target.

    Follow the game

    We’ll have updates on Twitter from 2pm, with goal action later in the evening.

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    Live streaming issues from Rangers friendly

    Live streaming issues from Rangers friendly

    We are aware that a number of fans experienced difficulties connecting to our live streaming service on Wednesday night.

    Firstly, we apologise if you were unable to watch all – or part – of the match with Rangers, which was used as a fixture to test out the service.

    There were a combination of factors which caused some of you to be unable to get on.

    Firstly, the unexpected late change to the kick-off time caused issues, as resources had to be quickly redeployed to allow the stream to be able to be broadcast. This was not an easy task, but our providers did everything within their power to ensure we were able to carry the match.

    Planned maintenance on the streaming servers was also due to take place at 8pm and, unfortunately, this could not be immediately rescheduled, which caused some of you to be unable to get onto the live website for a spell around that time.

    Both of these factors were out of the ordinary and we are confident things will be smoother for our first home league match against Dundee United.

    If you are experiencing any problems with your username and password in trying to log in to the service, please email tvsupport@motherwellfc.co.uk as soon as possible, so that you are set up for the opening game at Fir Park.

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    ‘We’ll learn from this’

    “We will get more out of that game than we would in a normal pre-season.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to the friendly loss to Rangers.