In 2021 Sports Central entered a new partnership with Tackle Your Feelings to help upskill local level coaches’ understanding of mental health.

Tackle Your Feelings is a mental health training initiative designed for community football netball clubs that strives to improve the abilities and awareness of mental health by building skills to foster an environment where players are supported to effectively manage their emotions. 

Tackle Your Feelings is a joint venture between the AFL Coaches Association, AFL Players’ Association and the Zurich Foundation, with the learning based on the mental health training program delivered by the AFLPA to players, coaches and staff in the AFL industry.

Throughout the 2021 season coaches and officials from Daylesford Football Netball Club, Gordon Football Netball Club, North Ballarat Football Netball Club, Redan Football Netball Club and Skipton Football Netball Club participated in mental health training delivered by local psychologists, before undertaking further online learning.

“We had more than 20 coaches and officials attend the mental health training.  The psychologist created an environment where our participants felt comfortable to share their own experiences with mental health. As a club, we feel much better equipped to provide support for our players and members.” – Simone Smith, Secretary, Skipton Football Netball Club

As we look ahead to the 2022 season, Sports Central will continue to deliver Tackle Your Feelings to football netball clubs across the Central Highlands. If your club would like to find out more about the program, please contact Andrew Milligan on 5331 6966 or andrewm@sportscentral.org.au.