Lidl Ireland has this morning launched One Good Club, a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs, developed in partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Jigsaw – the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
In June 2019 the initiative kicked off with four clubs participating in a pilot programme over a five-week period.
The programme is now being rolled out across the country with the aim of increasing awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community.
The five-step programme was developed using the ‘5 a Day for your Mental Health’, an evidence-informed framework, made up of simple actions aimed at boosting your mental health and wellbeing.
The steps include ‘Connect’, ‘Be Active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Give’ and ‘Keep Learning’.
Each step provides participating clubs with a suite of suggested activities, simple enough to complete without a significant time or resource commitment.
These include connecting with the community by hosting a coffee morning, organising fun ‘get active’ sessions aimed at younger members of the community not involved in sport or introducing meditation and mindfulness as part of the ‘cool down’ after training.
Clubs are being invited to participate in the first round of activity getting underway on April 6th and running over a ten-week period.
They will be encouraged to undertake activities from one of the 5 a day each fortnight and to capture the moments and share them on social media using the hashtag #OneGoodClub.
Clubs that complete all five steps in the programme will receive official Lidl One Good Club accreditation, as well as gear and kit for their club.
Accredited clubs will also enter the running to win a Lidl One Good Club funding award. There are three funding awards available with a total value of €10,000.
The clubs judged to have the most innovative initiative and the greatest community involvement will each win €2,500 while the one with the best overall engagement will win €5,000.
The programme is championed by four One Good Club Ambassadors – Dublin’s Carla Rowe, Galway’s Nicola Ward, Waterford’s Caoimhe McGrath and Donegal’s Emer Gallagher.
The One Good Club programme forms part of Lidl’s €2.1 million investment in the fifth year of partnership with the LGFA.
“The new programme will ensure that mental health and wellbeing is top of the agenda across Ireland’s LGFA clubs, equipping clubs with the tools that they need to effectively promote and support the mental health needs of their members,” said Lidl Ireland Managing Director JP Scally.
“We will continue to work closely with the LGFA throughout 2020 to ensure that participants at every level of the game are reaping the benefits of the sponsorship, through programmes like One Good Club or other initiatives like #SeriousSupport, which has proved extremely successful in engaging girls in sport across the country.”
“This year marks the fifth year of our hugely successful partnership with Lidl, our National League sponsors and official retail partners,” added Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey.”
“The mental health and wellbeing of our members is of utmost importance to us. That is why we are so pleased to work with Lidl and Jigsaw to develop a programme that can support the mental health needs of our young members at this critical stage of their development, and in turn nurture the potential future stars of our sport.”
Clubs who wish to participate in the Lidl One Good Club™ programme should visit www.lidl.ie/onegoodclub for more information.
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