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  • Women

    Eddie Wolecki Black departs Motherwell

  • Club

    Players discuss experiences of racism

  • Club

    Join Paycare’s stress and workplace wellness e-clinic

  • First team

    Hamilton game moved to 6pm kick-off

  • Club

    The importance of financial wellbeing

  • First team

    Inside Motherwell E17 // Taking a stand against racism

  • First team

    Motherwell to face Formartine United in Scottish Cup

  • First team

    2020/21 post-split fixtures announced

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Kilmarnock loss

  • First team

    Kilmarnock 4-1 Motherwell

  • Women

    Eddie Wolecki Black departs Motherwell

    Eddie Wolecki Black departs Motherwell

    Eddie Wolecki Black has left his post as manager of the Motherwell FC women’s team.

    Following discussions with the club, Eddie is leaving to concentrate on a degree course at a local college.

    Assistants Stewart Hall and Willie Kinniburgh have agreed to lead the team on an interim basis.

    Wolecki Black first joined the club in 2018 and, together with assistant Donald Jennow, led the club to the SWPL2 title and promotion to the Scottish top flight. The pair also guided ‘Well to their first Scottish Cup final in 38 years.

    After leaving for a short stint at Celtic, Wolecki Black returned in late 2019, ahead of the proposed 2020 campaign.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to the season, with the league campaign resuming on Sunday after a lengthy break.

    “I want to put on record my thanks to Eddie for all he has done for Motherwell in his time with us,” Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows said.

    “He achieved everything we asked him to and more. However, we both felt that this was probably a good time for a change, allowing the club to focus on a new direction, particularly with next season in mind.

    “I would like to wish Eddie every success, particularly with his impending degree and with his future football career.”

    Wolecki Black added: “I am grateful for the opportunities Motherwell Football Club have provided me with to grow the women’s team over my two spells here.

    “We have made great strides forward to become a top-flight team, and the club has every chance of continuing to build on that in the coming months and years.

    “I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future and the resumption of the league season.”

  • Club

    Players discuss experiences of racism

    Bevis Mugabi, Devante Cole, Charles Dunne and Sherwin Seedorf all play professional football for Motherwell FC.

    They’ve all also been targeted based on their race in their lives, both during their time as players and in life generally.

    In a candid chat amongst the four, they tell of the racist abuse they’ve suffered, living with the perception of being targeted for their race, the Black Lives Matter campaign and “taking the knee” before matches, and how they hope the world can change to make it equal for all.

    Please be warned that this video contains offensive language and comments of a racist nature.

  • Club

    Join Paycare’s stress and workplace wellness e-clinic

    Join Paycare’s stress and workplace wellness e-clinic

    Our partners Paycare are hosting another free e-clinic focused around stress and workplace wellness.

    Ways to combat and cope with stress will be shared during the latest in a series of hour-long online sessions hosted by their wellbeing manager Kerry B Mitchell, starting at 10am on Tuesday 6 April.

    She will be joined by David Webster, CEO of the Dougie Mac Hospice – a charity that offers specialised care for patients with life-limiting illnesses when a cure is no longer possible.

    The hospice provides free care to more than 3,500 patients each year in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and the surrounding villages, as well as offering support to their families and carers.

    “It’s important that colleague wellbeing isn’t simply tokenism, but that it’s woven into the tapestry of a values-driven organisation’s culture, as a natural part of what you stand for,’ said David.

    “If colleague wellbeing isn’t part of a broader canvas then it will struggle, but if it’s a natural fit within the culture of the organisation then it has every chance of long-term resonance.

    “An example of considered workplace wellbeing is that clinical staff within our organisation have reflection time built into their day, but we believe that fundraisers and those within HR and marketing teams, for example, are all part of the same organisation so they should also be able to have that time where they reflect on how they are, and whether anything is going on around them which is impacting them.”

    Kerry added: “Even before the pandemic, three-quarters of adults were reporting in the previous year they had felt so stressed they were unable to cope. Recent research shows two-thirds have felt more stressed since Coronavirus restrictions began in March 2020.

    “That’s why it’s so important for us to share information about the strategies which can be used to cope with stress, and combat it, as well as enabling e-clinic attendees to understand more about positive coping strategies.

    “April is Stress Awareness Month too, so it’s a good time to get organisations focused on how they can support employees who are struggling with stress, as well as equipping individuals with the tools they need to effectively combat the stress they are experiencing.”

    The session will particularly focus on how an organisation’s culture can impact employee stress levels, including key values around workplace wellbeing, initiatives that make a positive difference, and information about The Culture Audit.

    For more information and to book your free place on the Workplace Wellness e-clinic, visit paycare.org/MHFA or email wellbeing@paycare.org.

    In addition to monthly e-clinics, Paycare Wellbeing offers a range of training opportunities including a two-day virtual accredited Mental Health First Aid course. Visit paycare.org/wellbeing to find out more.

  • First team

    Hamilton game moved to 6pm kick-off

    Hamilton game moved to 6pm kick-off

    The kick-off time for Scottish Premiership match with Hamilton Academical has changed.

    The game on 21 April will now start at 6pm, moved from the original time of 7.45pm.

    Streaming information for the game at FOYS Stadium will be announced shortly.

  • Club

    The importance of financial wellbeing

    The importance of financial wellbeing

    Life before Covid-19 now seems like a very distant memory, such has been the effect of the pandemic.

    It is easy to overlook how suddenly it all seemed to unfold, moving rapidly from the periphery of our lives to changing everything within a matter of weeks.

    However, it has become ever more apparent, as a result, that we need to focus on our wellbeing and our preparation for the future.

    Financial wellbeing is a key element of that overall welfare and is often overlooked or poorly understood due to lack of access to expertise and support.

    Taking steps to make a plan and achieve a sense of control over your finances can lead to a greater sense of security and wellness.

    Take steps to plan for the future

    Our partners SRB Wealth Management Ltd believe in supporting their clients with accessible, transparent advice, wherever they are in their financial journey.

    With the knowledge and expertise to guide and support, and offer advice based on your goals and needs, their friendly team are here to offer the best solution for you now, and in the future.

    We are here to help navigate the world of financial planning and support that sense of wellbeing from the start, creating bespoke, holistic plans for every client, whether it is:

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    We love it when a plan comes together

    It has been said that a goal without a plan is just a wish.

    SRB understand that planning for a secure future can mean facing important and challenging decisions. But as difficult as it may appear, don’t be put off.

    Working with a qualified and dedicated Financial Adviser offers reassurance and an expert focus on your financial wellbeing.

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  • First team

    Inside Motherwell E17 // Taking a stand against racism

    This is the latest from ML1 in the next installment of our season-long documentary series.

    A good diet is at the heart of a footballer’s lifestyle, ensuring they are able to perform to the maximum of their abilities and continue to improve their strength and stamina.

    Our head of sport science Andy Boles talks us through the work that goes into maintaining our players’ diets, while head chef Euan McInnes tests out some new recipes on some of the squad.

    Needing points to keep out of relegation danger, Motherwell headed to Edinburgh for a tough task against high-flying Hibernian, knowing a win would lift spirits and also dent the opponents’ European aspirations.

    Back off the field, the impact of Covid-19 one year on is still looming in minds.

    Young midfielder Allan Campbell was part of last season’s squad forced to stay at home when the 2019/20 campaign was curtailed.

    Well-known for his dedication to improving himself, he took the opportunity to build a home gym to keep himself ticking over. Still reaping the benefits of it – and using it on his days off – we visited him to see what his setup is like and how the year has been for him.

    Livingston were the visitors to ML1 soon after, with the Betfred Cup finalists always a difficult proposition.

    Racism in football, and society as a whole, remains a major issue.

    The call for all players to “take the knee” at the start of the season was welcomed by all, in the light of several worldwide incidents last summer.

    With the knee still being taken but little in the way of change, four players – Devante Cole, Charles Dunne, Sherwin Seedorf and Bevis Mugabi – sit down to talk about their experiences of racism, what needs to change and whether enough is being done to tackle it.

    Please be aware that this video contains strong language and comments of a racist nature in the Black Lives Matter feature.

  • First team

    Motherwell to face Formartine United in Scottish Cup

    Motherwell to face Formartine United in Scottish Cup

    Motherwell will face Formartine United in the third round of the 2020/21 Scottish Cup.

    The Steelmen will head north after Formartine beat Annan Athletic on penalties in the second round on Tuesday night.

    The game will be played on Saturday 3 April at North Lodge Park. The date and kick-off time will be confirmed shortly.

    Live streaming information will be provided as soon as possible.

  • First team

    2020/21 post-split fixtures announced

    2020/21 post-split fixtures announced

    Motherwell will end the 2020/21 season with three home Scottish Premiership matches.

    The post-split fixtures will see the Steelmen host St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Ross County at home, with away trips to Hamilton Academical and Dundee United.

    The run-in to the close of the campaign will start with a home match against St Mirren on Saturday 10 April.

    A trip to Hamilton Academical comes second on Wednesday 21 April, followed by the visit of Kilmarnock to Fir Park on Saturday 1 May.

    Motherwell head to Dundee United on Wednesday 12 May in the final away game of the season, before ending the campaign at home to Ross County on Sunday 16 May.

    Dates and kick-off times remain subject to change, dependent on TV selection. As things stand, all home matches will be broadcast live at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Motherwell 2020/21 post-split fixtures
    DateOpponentKick-off
    Sat 10 AprilSt Mirren (H)3pm
    Wed 21 AprilHamilton (A)7.45pm
    Sat 1 MayKilmarnock (H)3pm
    Wed 12 MayDundee United (A)7.45pm
    Sun 16 MayRoss County (H)12pm

     

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Kilmarnock loss

    “When we play with intensity, we win games. When we don’t, you get today.”

    Graham Alexander speaks after Motherwell’s 4-1 away loss at Kilmarnock.

  • First team

    Kilmarnock 4-1 Motherwell

    Kilmarnock 4-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell shot themselves in the foot with a collapse in performance in defeat at Kilmarnock.

    Kyle Lafferty’s goal in the opening minute was cancelled out by Barry Maguire’s first goal in claret and amber to take the game in level at the break.

    But a quickfire double from Rory McKenzie and Chris Burke before the hour mark put the hosts in the driving seat, before Mitch Pinnock added further insult to injury late on.

    The afternoon started with the Motherwell team deciding to no longer take a knee before the match.

    The squad spoke out beforehand to say the action had became an empty gesture, with further action required by those in power to fight properly against racism.

    When the game got going, a minute hadn’t passed before the hosts took the lead.

    Lafferty found room on the edge of the box and his snapshot caught Kelly off guard to find the bottom-right corner of the net.

    Motherwell were shellshocked but started to get on the ball and would bring themselves level seven minutes later.

    Jordan Roberts was denied at point-blank range by Doyle’s save but Maguire reacted quickest, finding the corner of the goal from the edge of the area with a precise finish.

    The Steelmen were in level at the break despite not putting in their normal level of performance but would collapse 10 minutes into the second half.

    A ball from the right wasn’t cleared and allowed McKenzie to be alert to nick the ball, round Kelly and slot home from close range.

    Barely a minute later, they were 3-1 ahead. A cross from the left sailed unchallenged all the way to the back post, where Burke was on hand to fire into the roof of the net.

    Long and Lawless were introduced to try and spark the team back to life but, save for Roberts’ volley hitting the post, Graham Alexander’s men couldn’t get a foothold back in the fixture.

    Then, with seven minutes left, Pinnock got the better of Magloire down the left to find himself one-on-one with Kelly, picking his spot to give the Ayrshire club a vital victory in the fight against relegation.