Founder, Mental Health World Cup
The Mental Health World Cup was founded by Giancarlo Gaglione who lost his youngest brother Lanfranco to suicide in 2012. Brought up in Tottenham, Giancarlo and his family and friends first ran the tournament at the local park, where the brothers had played football as children with jumpers for goal posts. From humble beginnings it grew so that by 2017 the tournament had moved to the Arsenal Community Centre. Then, in 2019, a collaboration with the QPR Community Trust, saw the first Mental Health World Cup at QPR’s awe-inspiring stadium where it has been held every year since, last year raising over £111k for mental health charity CALM. Giancarlo works in the construction industry for Overbury (part of the Morgan Sindall Fit Out Group) where mental health and suicide rates exceed the national average, with three times as many deaths compared to other industries.