SuperSport Schools has concluded a learning partnership with one of the world’s leading sports performance, wellbeing and psychology platforms – Believe Perform.
With this agreement, young athletes, coaches and parents across the country will receive mental health and wellbeing support.
The collaboration will merge SuperSport Sport Schools’ extensive school and youth database with Believe Perform’s curriculum, which is focused on promoting a healthy balance between performance and mental health using expert-led visual learning resources.
“The impact of Covid-19 on schools and the youth has highlighted the importance of mental health in our communities,” said SuperSport Schools General Manager, Gerhard Steyn. “We are delighted to welcome Believe Perform as our mental health partner and to be giving our young athletes this fundamental support to lead balanced and successful sporting lives.”
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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.
Former SA Water Polo captain and Olympian Duncan Woods, is the Believe Perform lead in South Africa.
“Our purpose is to inspire the worlds of sport and education to experience the full power of mental fitness through visual led learning,” he said. “We are extremely excited to become the Mental Health Partner to SuperSport Schools and look forward to sharing our expertise with their community of schools.”
The partnership will be looking to improve the access to mental health resources available in schools and help more athletes, parents and coaches to stay mentally healthy, in and out of sport.