Hello, my name is Lewis Davies and groundhopping is my High Stress Therapy. I created this blog to share stories from my therapeutic matchday experiences, raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage people to find their own form of High Stress Therapy – whether that’s groundhopping or not.
In my blog posts, I discuss the match I attended, as well as anything interesting away from the field – including local landmarks and culture. I also like to give an honest rating of the ground visited and take a photo of my logo as a confirmatory attendance ‘tick’.
Some memorable moments on the blog so far include getting locked inside a ground in Italy, standing in the snow as my team got thrashed, and witnessing a record 10-0 win for one of Portugal’s biggest teams. Meanwhile, I’ve managed to see some amazing sights just from going on football trips.
What matters most to me, though, is helping people with their mental health. It’s an issue that’s affected myself and my family greatly, so any little mark I can make on changing the landscape will be extremely rewarding for me.
I hope there’s something you can take away from your visit. If you’d like to follow my journey, you can find the blog on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest under @hst_groundhop, or by searching for the hashtag: #MentalHealthStadiumTour.