Sports program dealing with mental health

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WHEN North Ballarat clashed with Melton South last Saturday in the Ballarat Football Netball League, there were more than premiership points and a place in the final on the line.

Both clubs were taking part in a program to educate players and coaches about mental health and all teams at all levels took to the football pitch and netball pitch to take part in the Tackle Your Feelings Cup.

The Roosters’ involvement was set up by Sports Central Ballarat, and head coach Brendan McCartney said it was important to recognize the place of mental health at the club.

“It’s a great program that helps us recognize and deal with when someone might be struggling and our role as a football club is to have enough of us do just that,” he said. -he declares.

“It’s about educating people about potential signs that aren’t always as clear as they seem and don’t have one-person solutions.

“We are a young club and we want to develop competitive and resilient youngsters at all levels who are in touch with themselves and understand their teammates.”

The club already took part in a workshop for the program last year, and this year attended a question and answer session last week before the game.

The event included presentations from McCartney, ambassadors Dylan Buckley and Brit Bonnici and Sports Central‘s Michael Flynn.

Stacey Matthews, captain of Rooster’s A Grade netball team, said the program reinforced the support she felt from the club.

“Having everyone who has been here gives everyone the knowledge that everyone can go through ups and downs,” she said.

“Even your highest elite of footballers and netballers can go through different experiences in life, and that can be injuries, families, relationships, anything.

“Just knowing you have the support of your club around you is so important and it’s something that North really focuses on, so that’s fantastic.”

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