February 2018 marked the launch of ‘Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport’ which aims to use sport to improve equality and reduce stigma through positive conversations and action on mental health – with scottishathletics and jogscotland among the first signatories.
Work on the Charter was launched by SAMH Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, in 2016 and since then more than 300 people with lived experience have contributed to its development.
Leading the way as the first signatories of the Charter are scottishathletics, sportscotland, sporta, SPFL Trust, jogscotland, Glasgow Life, KA Leisure, NL Leisure and Oriam and will be taking action on mental health in their respective organisations.
This SAMH project, funded by Comic Relief, encourages physical activity and sporting communities from grassroots to the elite level to incorporate mental health into their strategies to make sport more accessible to people with mental health problems.
On the launch of the Charter Sir Chris said: ‘I am a firm believer in the link between physical and mental health and I know from experience that if I don’t get out on my bike regularly it affects my well-being.
‘There is still a long way to go but initiatives such as this Charter will certainly help remove barriers, supporting people to increase their confidence and self-esteem.
“That is why I am delighted to support Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. We must ensure that having a mental health problem is never a barrier to engage, participate and achieve; whatever your goal.’
Hurdles action at the Emirates Arena – now coaches can learn more at a special free workshop (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Olympian Allan Scott will deliver a free Sprint Hurdles Coaching Workshop in Glasgow last this month
These clinics are designed to help coaches develop a sound understanding of how to coach the event, building on the technical content presented on the Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coach Award.
It’s happening at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 17 February from 10am to 1pm. It is free for coaches with a Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coaching (or equivalent) qualifications. Coaches attending can bring an athlete demonstrator on the day.
The session will involve practical activities using athletes to demonstrate key coaching points with clear take-home messages for both athlete and coach moving forwards.
Sign-up for the workshop online
scottishathletics held a special education session on ‘Supporting Athletes dealing with an Eating Disorder’ in Edinburgh on 12 January 2018.
There was a strong turnout of around 70 people on the evening as athletes, coaches, parents and club representatives sought to learn more about what is clearly a difficult topic for discussion within clubs.
We are delighted to now be able to share video footage of the two presentations made that evening – by Louise Capicotto and by former Team Scotland high jumper, Jayne Nisbet.