SportsAid has launched a brand new partnership with BelievePerform - the world’s leading source of performance psychology, wellbeing and mental health content for the sport community - to offer additional support to the charity’s nominated athletes, and their parents and guardians.
The online platform will provide access to a wide variety of applied and practical resources which seek to maintain the mental fitness of athletes, while also guiding parents and guardians on how they can best support, encourage and look after their children to thrive both inside and outside of sport.
The platform includes a number of online courses and training plans - all of which can help contribute towards building positive mental health habits. There are also a range of written articles, videos, podcasts and infographics available to support the learning of athletes and parents and guardians.
Adam Morris, the Managing Director of BelievePerform, is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. He founded the platform in 2012 and is passionate about helping people to build resilience and develop a toolbox of psychological coping skills that can be used in the face of adversity.
“Athletes and parents are two key audiences at the heart of everything that we do,” said Adam. “We could not be more proud to have partnered with SportsAid - such an inspiring charity who have already made a huge difference to thousands of athletes and parents across the country.
“For the last eight years we have focused on supporting the sport community to learn how to build positive mental health habits. We are looking forward to helping more athletes and parents, in partnership with SportsAid, to identify key areas that can nourish and support their mental health.”
SportsAid and BelievePerform have been in close discussions since last year to strengthen the practical support offered by the charity to athletes and their parents and guardians, and the launch of the partnership comes at an important time with the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Having access to this level of resource and knowledge is very welcome news for talented young athletes and their parents and guardians,” said Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE, DL - the 11-time Paralympic champion who was a previous beneficiary of SportsAid and former trustee of the charity.
“The partnership between SportsAid and BelievePerform has been long in the making and demonstrates the depth of support on offer,” she added. “The timing is extremely pertinent and should help athletes, as well as their families, put more focus on their mental wellbeing.”
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“Every year SportsAid runs a number of workshops for athletes and their parents and guardians. We’ve been listening to their views and ideas, their frustrations and their pride, as well as providing useful tips and resources to support them. We wanted to have a sense of what they’d like to see and hear more of. Our new partnership with BelievePerform is one of the ways we’re responding.”
SPORTSAID, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
“These are unprecedented times for everyone. We know that the daily reality for talented young athletes and their families is very different now - with their busy lives of travel, training and competitions now significantly changed. SportsAid have taken a really positive step by making these high-quality, practical resources available, and we hope the athletes and their families gain real benefits from BelievePerform.”
SPORT ENGLAND, HEAD OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT
“Having a positive mental health is crucial as a high-performance athlete. Being involved in competitive sport always comes with emotional challenges, and so it is important that we are aware of how to deal with these moments so that we don't get snowed under. The clearer our minds are, the less negativity there is to translate into our competitive nature when we are performing when it matters.”
BRITISH RIFLE SHOOTER AND CURRENT SPORTSAID BENEFICIARY
“SportsAid has been a vital link in the family management support chain and being part of a wider network of like-minded adults is fantastic. This is a really important part of the development cycle and many of us don't have the tools, resources or expertise to draw upon when managing our children at home. A balanced and working approach between parents, athletes and sporting professionals is crucial.”
FATHER OF OLIVER JUSZT, ENGLAND JUNIOR HOCKEY GOALKEEPER AND CURRENT SPORTSAID BENEFICIARY