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YSF deliver mental health awareness course to sports clubs in Leeds

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Posted 10th February 2020

Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) have delivered a first mental health awareness course to parents and coaches at a sports club in West Yorkshire.

Neil Park, Club Manager at Lawnswood Juniors Football Club in Leeds, first met Lauren Havecroft from YSF at a funding fair.  Neil’s passion for good mental health led to conversations around the topic, and resulted in the workshop being delivered towards the end of 2019. A mixture of club coaches, welfare officers, parents, and players from Lawnswood Juniors and Headingley FC attended.

After an introduction to mental health, and videos from Mind Charity and the NSPCC, a number of scenarios were put forward, designed to spark discussion among the group.

Although not a certified CPD course, the 90-minute session set out to engage, inform and point attendees in the direction of where to find more information and resources, as well as giving the club confidence in their current policies and procedures around Mental Health.

“The session was brilliantly delivered,” said Neil.

“The material was relevant and the chat and discussion in various WhatsApp groups only quietened down much later into the night. I even had a message from one attendee who is having to ‘“rethink it all’ because of the impact the session had on them.

“We are so pleased to have been a part of this project for both clubs.”

Kendle Hardisty, who delivered the course alongside Lauren, added: “Some of our team have been on the Mental Health First Aid course, and this was an opportunity to share some of what we learnt to support clubs in our area.

“There’s a growing awareness around the need to support people with their mental health both in adults and young people, but some clubs don’t perhaps know where to start.  This was an opportunity to give some pointers and start some discussion, and it’s great to see such instant benefits.

“We hope it is something that can be included in more club development events in the future across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.”

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