Pioneering wellbeing partnership for young people launches
Four sporting national governing bodies, including Archery GB, have joined forces to create a pioneering "Wellbeing Partnership" to support young athletes.
Archery GB, Boccia England, England Handball, and Goalball UK will work together for three years on a series of initiatives designed to nurture the wellbeing of young people.
The project has been funded by Sport England and embodies Sport England’s “Uniting the Movement” mission.
The launch also comes in the wake of the Whyte Review – the report into the culture of bullying, abuse and discrimination within British gymnastics – which has shone a light on the need for
more caring sporting environments.
The partnership is led by The True Athlete Project (TAP) – a charity that aims to build a more compassionate world through sport. The TAP team will deliver mindfulness training for athletes,
a mentoring programme that matches athletes across sports, and a holistic course of development for leaders and coaches, which will help them build environments where every athlete can flourish.
Sam Parfitt, TAP CEO, said: “The country is facing a mental health crisis. Unfortunately sport is often part of the problem rather than the solution. Our mindfulness-based approach helps individuals to flourish, and helps sport to realise its potential as a vehicle for social change.
“The four governing bodies deserve huge credit for deciding to be proactive in coming together, and we’re grateful to Sport England for believing in this project’s potential.”
Cait Leach, of Archery GB, said: “Through an ambitious vision across our four sports and TAP, this exciting project will help athletes to flourish on and off the field of play.”
Andrew Partridge, of Boccia England, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to support athletes and create real change in the sporting system.”
Faye Dale, of Goalball UK, said: “This initiative will provide an exciting platform for change and one that will make a real difference to our young athletes across all of these fantastic sports.”
Bobby White, of England Handball, said: “Young people deserve the best that sport can give, and this project makes that a reality.”