As a result of the changing environment in which all Victorians are now living, there is a significant increase in the causes for feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation and concern. Many people have lost employment, social connections, the ability to pursue hobbies and in some cases, loved ones. As a result, there is an expectation of increased need for support across the areas of mental health.
Evidence indicates that community groups, including sporting clubs, provide a unique opportunity for people to gather, connect and grow. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity to connect as they have traditionally done has been lost. However once restrictions are lifted, the sporting club environment is an ideal place to provide mental health and resilience awareness training and support.
It is understood that by reaching one person in a sporting club, this can have a positive impact on up to 10 people within the wider community(‘Value of a Community Football Club’ study conducted by the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at Latrobe University).
Leisure Networks has partnered up with the Knox Council to deliver these sessions FREE to any club that wishes to register in the Knox City Council municipality.
This includes the following suburbs: Bayswater (3153), Boronia (3155), FerntreeGully (3156), Knoxfield (3180), Lysterfield (3156), Rowville (3178), Sassafras (3787), Scoresby (3179), The Basin (3154), Upper Ferntree Gully (3156), Wantirna (3152), and Wantirna South (3152).
Leisure Networks will deliver the sessions in club facilities, so they do not have to travel. We have also partnered with headspace Knox and Latrobe University’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact.