Sharks, Bok star highlights importance of mental health support

It’s been confirmed that young athletes, coaches and parents across the country will receive mental health and wellbeing support with the announcement of an impactful learning partnership between SuperSport Schools and the world’s leading sports performance, wellbeing and psychology platform – ‘Believe Perform‘.

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The collaboration will merge SuperSport Sport Schools’ extensive school and youth database with Believe Perform’s world renowned curriculum, which is focused on promoting a healthy balance between performance and mental health using expert-led visual learning resources.

World Cup-winning Springbok and Sharks captain Lukhanyo Am hopes rising athletes will be able to find the balance between being physically and mentally fit.

“Sport comes with a lot of highs and lows, challenges and opportunities which can all have an effect on your mental health and ultimately your performance. The pandemic has shown us how important it is to not only be physically fit, but mentally fit too; the two work hand in hand. I hope the young sportsmen and women who have signed up to SuperSport Schools will use this opportunity to make sure they lead balanced and happy sporting lives.”

The partnership provides the platform to give athletes, coaches and parents applied and practical tools to help build positive mental health habits

As part of this partnership, SuperSport Schools will have access to a suite of mental health resources to promote awareness and encourage best practice amongst their community.

In addition, all new schools in the SuperSport Schools network will receive a starter pack of resources to get them started on the road to furthering their proficiency in this area. This will be supported by a year-round curriculum, including expert-hosted webinars, encouraging the use of mental health and skills building.

Proteas netball captain, Bongi Msomi, echoed Am’s sentiment.

“Mental health is as equally important as the physical health of an athlete’s journey. A healthy and a positive mind is a winner on its own so it is very exciting that SuperSport Schools and Believe Perform are giving young sportsmen and women this opportunity. Expectations and challenges in sport can get overwhelming and only those who are mentally fit can be sustained and will peak gradually in their performance.

“An athlete’s life is a challenging life that requires a full-on commitment and some sacrifice, if you are not mentally prepared for the holistic package, it can end up being a short career or hobby. Stay strong, speak about your struggles or challenges and get assistance early where required. Be committed, keep an open mind and embrace the journey”. 

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