The fathers in the south opening up about losing a child through football

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Two fathers from the south have set up a football team for dads who've lost their children.

More than 40 people have joined Sands United Solent Football Club in the six months since it was set up.

The grieving fathers play together, raise money for charity and also help break the silence around baby loss.

Players can choose to have the name of their child on their shirts.

I'm sure the guys here will tell you they rarely talk to their family and friends about it but this has encouraged us to do that now I've begun to talk to my wife about it a bit more often."

Terry Mundy, Team Captain

The team is part of a national network of fourteen squads, including one in Brighton.

They're supported by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity that works nationally to support grieving parents.

Nick Lang was inspired by the success of the original Sands United team set up in Southampton.

You can't wish for a more supportive group of guys to come and join and chat to should you need it."

Peter Moseley, Co-founder of Sands Utd FC Solent

Now fathers, uncles and grandfathers from as far afield as Chichester and Salisbury have joined the Solent team.

The founders hope it will give people the chance to talk about their experiences and help each other deal with grief.