Basketball Ireland is underway with ‘Mind Your Mental Health Week’, in association with Jigsaw and AWARE.

It begins today with the launch of Jigsaw’s ‘One Good Coach’, an online training course for people involved in the game to improve awareness of mental health.

On Tuesday at 8 pm there will be an ‘Intro to Mindfulness’ webinar with AWARE’s Anne Costello and there will be mindfulness exercises from AWARE posted on the Basketball Ireland social media pages.

Wednesday will see a ‘One Good Coach’ webinar at 8 pm, with Jigsaw representative Rebecca Murphy, to expand on the lessons learned from the course.

Staying fit is crucial to both physical and mental health and on Thursday there will be a special ‘Get Off The Couch’ programme with Ireland Under 18 head coach and Jigsaw partnership ambassador, Paul Kelleher.

Throughout the week Jigsaw and AWARE partnership ambassadors across the sport will be showing off skills for people to practice while at home during lockdown. players are also being encouraged to submit their skills videos on the Basketball Ireland Twitter page or the Basketball Ireland Instagram, using the hashtag #BISkillsComp, with prizes on offer for the best ones submitted.

“2020 was a trying year and the start of 2021 has been so too, looking after our mental health has never been as important, so we’re delighted to be working with our charity partners to help people maintain their mental health,” said Basketball Ireland Chair Paul McDevitt.

“The ‘One Good Coach’ course, which has been tailored to Basketball Ireland, is a really strong learning tool and will be of huge benefit to the basketball community as a whole.”

Jigsaw also has a strong partnership with Lidl and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and featured in our Sport for Business Sport for Social Good conference in December 2020.

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