Players from Carrick Rangers attending the Sporting Chance workshop at the Ballymena Showgrounds

SPORTING CHANCE SUPPORTING NIFL ACADEMY LEAGUE TEAMS

The partnership between Sport NI, the Sporting Chance Clinic and the NI Football League continued to deliver this weekend past through a number of regionalised workshops for Academy League teams.

During a break in regular Academy fixtures three development days hosted in Ballymena, Belfast and Dungannon provided over 125 young players and coaches from eight clubs the opportunity to hear the personal story by Armagh GAA legend Oisin McConville and gain an understanding of support available from Sporting Chance.

NI Football League Development Manager Steven Mills stated, “We are grateful to Sport NI and Sporting Chance for their support and guidance around the education of players and coaches within the NI Football League.

“Oisin has already been delivering and supporting our senior teams but this was the first steps into our Academy level. One of the aims of the Academy League is to offer more than just matches and with mental wellbeing being so important I am delighted this partnership can support the next generation of Irish League players.”

The partnership between Sport NI, the Sporting Chance Clinic and the NI Football League is part of the wider NI Wellbeing in Sport Action Plan. The aim of this plan is to improve and support the mental health and wellbeing for people involved in sport across Northern Ireland.

Partners of the NI Wellbeing in Sport Action Plan are committed to:

1. Engage, promote and support positive mental health and wellbeing

2. Build capacity and capability around mental health in sports clubs

3. Identify and inspire help seeking behaviours. Reduce stigma and discrimination

4. Invest and implement resources of people, time and money

The NI Football League is committed to raising mental wellbeing awareness for players and staff through Academy Player Education & Senior Player Workshops. To organise these please contact NIFL Development Manager Steven Mills: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07472750799

Alongside education the partnership with Sporting Chance offers a Counselling & Referral Service. Please note any communication to this service is strictly confidential, the NI Football League, no member clubs or individual outside of Sporting Chance will be aware of any individual who avails of this service. To utilise this service please contact Sporting Chance Counsellor Oisin McConville: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 00353 (87) 663 66 23

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