How we support mental wellbeing

  1. Coaches develop children’s confidence and self-esteem
  2. Cricket is used to develop resilience
  3. We get young people thinking about their mental wellbeing
  4. We encourage young people to talk about their mental wellbeing by creating welcoming and safe spaces, with coaches who provide mentorship as well as cricket coaching

Playing our part

Children from less affluent families are four times as likely to have serious mental health difficulties by the age of 11, compared with those whose families face less economic challenges. Sport England Active Lives data has consistently shown that children who are active have higher levels of mental wellbeing.

Chance to Shine programmes aim to support young people to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

95% of teachers agreed that taking part in Chance to Shine sessions supported their pupils’ mental wellbeing.

98% of parents agreed that playing cricket at Street had a positive affect on their child’s happiness.

Sources: London Centre for Mental Health (2015), Children of the new century: Mental health findings from the Millennium Cohort study. Survey of 656 teachers at the end of a Chance to Shine programme. Survey of 224 parents of Street participants

Case Study: Free to be me

Every Friday evening, young girls in Sunderland peer out their windows, awaiting the bus that will take them to Young Asian Voices (YAV). After a long week, coming together and playing cricket in a safe, community space is just the opportunity they need. A chance to run free.

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