Well-being and Mental Health

By Mike Varney

Published on Wednesday 17th June 2020 5:44am

The Hampshire Cricket Board (HCB) have distributed the following free resources and opportunities for club, coaches, grounds staff and volunteers:

UK Coaching: Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (available free until 31 August 2020)
UK Coaching has announced in collaboration with its awarding organisation 1st4sport, and partners Mind, the mental health charity, and Sport England – that the nation’s coaches can access the Mental Health for Sport and Physical Activity online course for free. Usually £18, the course is accessible via the organisation’s learning and development platform, ukcoaching.org, and will remain free of charge until the 31 August 2020.

ECB Association of Cricket Officials: Maintaining well-being among the officiating community
Heather Vernon ECB ACO National Scorer Officer Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist writes: "As Umpires and Scorers, we'd expect the cricket season to be in full swing but sadly, that's not the case this year in this country and world-wide, due to the significant measures implemented to minimise the effect and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all having to make changes to our way of life and for many those changes can have a huge impact. What started out feeling a bit like a holiday-at-home is beginning to prove taxing and it is easy to minimise the effects of a prolonged isolation that can creep up on us."
Full article at https://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpdoc/6/4/1/7/6/files/668730_well-being-for-officials.pdf.

Interim Safe Hands safeguarding training
Comprehensive information can also be found on the HCB website - https://www.ageasbowl.com/cricket/cricket-board/covid19-faqs/safeguarding/. The ECB are in the process of contacting existing welfare officers and any new welfare officers who registered for courses this spring which did not take place (the only courses to run this year in Hampshire took place at Lyndhurst Community Centre). Further information (and a booking link) will be available in due course.