THINGS are looking up for Vale of Leven Football Club on and off the pitch following a positive start to their season and the announcement of a new sponsor.

The Millburn Park side have won two of their first three games in the Sectional League Cup. A 4-3 win at Port Glasgow was followed by a 2-1 come from behind victory over Johnstone Burgh at Millburn Park on Wednesday.

Saturday seen Hugh Hamill’s side travel to Greenock Juniors where they were on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat but they still remain in a strong position in their group with one game to play.

After a disappointing campaign last season, the tide seems to be turning at the Vale. Striker Sean Stewart, signed in the summer from Clydebank, looks to be an astute piece of business from Hamill, he has scored two in the first three game after impressing in pre-season.

Off the pitch the club have agreed a partnership with Breathing Space, Scotland’s mental health helpline, for the coming season.

Vale Secretary Angus Wallace said: “I’m delighted that we have Breathing Space as our main club sponsors for the new season. As a club we are committed to the health and welfare of our players, fans and the wider community, this partnership is testament to this commitment.” “Our officials and players will be promoting Breathing Space initiatives throughout the season. Low mood, anxiety and depression can affect us all throughout our lives, so raising awareness of this free helpline makes sense.” Breathing Space National Coordinator, Tony McLaren, added: “We are looking forward to working closely with Vale Juniors. We are confident that we will have a successful season of raising awareness of the helpline not only within West Dunbartonshire but across Scotland.” Breathing Space handles more than 6000 calls each month. The helpline is staffed by over 40 fully trained advisors who take calls relating to a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, loneliness, isolation, stress, anxiety and bereavement.

Many people suffering from low mood and depression feel particularly bad in the evenings, as a result the helpline is open from 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend (6pm on Friday to Monday 6am).

If you think you need breathing space call 0800 83 85 87 or visit for further information.