Guardian Ballers

Basketball and educational sessions for children and young people – a great way to explore how you can Ball, Be and make your community Better.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is working in partnership with Kieran Joseph (Founder and Director of Guardian Ballers).

This project will primarily target children and young people within Secondary Schools through the funding received from Mind and the Co-Op Resilience Fund.

VISION The project aims to facilitate opportunities through the medium of Basketball and Educational sessions for children and young people to consider how they can Ball, Be and make their community Better.

Enabling children and young people to engage in and enjoy the game of Basketball.

Improving Basketball performance of Novice and Elite performers (through skill development, strength-and-conditioning, and introductions to tactical-gameplay).

Increasing the physical activity participation of school and community populations.

To reach BAME communities to combat the inequality in national data relating to children and young people’s participation in Sport.
“Asian and Black children are most likely to do less than an average of 30 minutes activity a day.” (Active Lives Children and Young People Survey 2019, Sport England) https://www.sportengland.org/news/active-lives-children-and-young-people-survey-academic-year-201819-report-published

Formulating ‘player contracts’ between the students and the programme to encourage positive study habits, in line with school leadership aims (e.g. school attendance).

Facilitating opportunities for children and young people to develop a greater understanding of their mental and emotional well-being. Underpinning the value of character, as a foundation for impacting their current and future life circumstances.

Facilitating discussion around age-development-relevant mental and emotional well-being topics.

Suggesting helpful strategies for mental and emotional regulation that apply to sporting and everyday life circumstances.

Underpinning positive character traits as the foundation for life successes.

Creating future accessible well-being services for children and young people.

To reach children in low-income families who are “4 times more likely to experience mental health problems than children from higher-income families (Morrison Gutman et al., 2015).”

Providing exposure to local charities and community organisations, helping children and young people to see the positive impact they can have as a citizen in the world around them.

Providing experiences, within or outside of the school setting, with local charities to widen children and young peoples’ awareness of local needs and services.

Encouraging participants to consider how they could serve their local communities in the present or future.

Could you help or do you want to connect with us?

This project desires to raise-up the next generation of ‘Guardian Ballers’ who embody the “Ball-Be-Better” mentality in their everyday lives. Therefore, we are passionate in shaping a team of leaders that can fulfil various roles to enable the project to thrive.

Reach-out for more information

For further information please contact

T (024) 7663 1835

E guardian.ballers@cwmind.org.uk

Guardian Ballers is a service that aims to facilitate opportunities through the medium of Basketball and Educational sessions for children and young people to consider how they can Ball, Be and make their community Better. This service is part of the partnership between Co-op, Mind, SAMH and Inspire to bring communities together to improve mental wellbeing.

You can find out more about the partnership here or contact coop@mind.org.uk

The GDPR Leaflet can be found here.

 

Guardian Ballers is further supported by