Finn Harps Academy coaches, players, staff and athletes recently attended the pilot of the Building Positive Clubs Workshop delivered by Donegal Sports Partnership.
The training and education initiative and supporting resource materials have been developed in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ulster Rugby, Athletics Ireland, the GAA and North West Coaching Network with funding support provided by the National Office of Suicide Prevention. The programme aligns with the Charter for Positive Mental Wellbeing which was developed in 2014 by Donegal Sports Partnership.
Sport is a powerful resource in all communities and can contribute hugely to creating a positive environment for everyone to enjoy, however at times the win at all costs and poor sportsmanship can take away from young people and adults enjoying sports applying unrealistic challenges and pressures.
The aim of the Building Positive Clubs programme is to develop the potential of sports clubs as a setting for positive health promotion, encouraging positive enjoyable sporting experiences. It is hoped that a whole club approach will be taken and that sports leaders, parents, coaches, volunteers, committee and athletes can be guided to create a culture of positivity within their sporting clubs and community.
Feedback from the pilot has been very positive with participants enjoying the interactive nature of the workshop. Donegal Sports Partnership will continue to work with the Finn Harps Academy over the coming months to ensure they are fully supported with the implementation of the programme.
If you required further information or your club is interested in getting involved in the programme please do not hesitate to contact Donegal Sports Partnership on 074 (91) 16078.