Young people will get the opportunity to understand the importance of resilience and good mental wellbeing with ‘Find Your Brave’, a new mental-wellbeing schools’ programme from Sharks Community Trust.
Sale Sharks charity partner, Sharks Community Trust is excited to announce the start of its new ‘Find Your Brave’ programme for young people in Manchester and North West primary schools. The programme has been developed in partnership with children’s mental health charity and club charity partner, Place2Be, and will help young people understand the importance of resilience and good mental wellbeing. Each school will be offered a whole school assembly, a classroom session and an outside tag rugby session.
To launch this exciting project a number of high-profile Sale Sharks players, will join Sharks Community Trust, Place2Be and a number of Salford school children to a launch event at the AJ Bell Stadium. The aim of the session will be to help young people to gain some important skills to build their mental wellbeing. The youngsters will also get a chance to tour the home of Sale Sharks, play some Tag Rugby and meet some Sale Sharks players. All the children taking part will also get the chance to attend the Sale Sharks Premiership Cup semi-final match against Saracens on Friday 7th February and take part in a parade around the pitch at half time.
The events will coincide with the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week which will help raise national awareness of the importance of promoting good mental wellbeing amongst young people. This comes on the back of statistics from the NHS that show that currently 1 in 8 young people have a mental health disorder with increasing numbers of young people reporting issues around anxiety and depression.
Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be, said:
We are excited to launch the next phase of our partnership with Sale Sharks. The team’s support is already helping to shine a light on our work to improve children’s mental health in schools in the North West and across the UK. This new community outreach programme will be of great value to our partner schools, and will spread a message that whether you are a successful rugby star or an eight year old child, it is OK to talk about your feelings and ask for help when you need it.”
Alison Warwood, Sharks Community Trust Executive Director, said:
Find Your Brave is an innovative new project that will be delivered by the dedicated schools department within Sharks Community Trust with the aim of strengthening the work currently being done around mental well-being.
As a club, we’re committed to ensuring rugby can play its part in social change and we are excited for the impact that this project will have. To partner with Sale Sharks and their charity partner, Place2Be is an exciting opportunity for the Trust and one which we are eager to start.”