A short time ago I was made aware of a young sportsman who committed suicide.
So many questions went through my head...
- Why did no-one notice?
- Why did he keep the thought to himself?
- Why did he do it?
- What made him do it?
- How are the parents feeling?
- What happened in the moments before he made that choice?
The Pressures From Life And Sports From My Experiences
I've worked with young kids since 2005 as a youth worker and coach. Working with and educating kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and kids from affluent backgrounds, I've learnt many things over the years and it's this experience I have to draw upon to make a positive difference in this world.
When I was younger; much younger, I too had my own concerns, anxieties and thoughts about life and sports such as height, how I looked, friends, family, exams, education, sports, girls, games, exercise and everything else in between and I'd like to invite you back to your childhood and think about your own concerns and anxieties.
Now think about the support and guidance you had that moulded you into the person you are today.
There are kids in sport right now who aren't getting the support and guidance they need that will mould them into the people we know they can be.
The thing is, times have changed and there seems to be more risks that young athletes face.
It's not right that someone should choose to commit suicide through feeling pressure.
How Does It Work? - The Pressures From Life And Sports
Firstly I acknowledge talking to and educating young people, parents and coaches about the pressures young sports people face, that make them consider suicide, is a topic no-one really wants to engage with because of the nature of the topic.
So rather than focus on the word 'suicide' I've designed a 'live event' that allows the young person, parents and coaches to understand how a situation can quickly turn into a pressure situation. But by engaging and empowering them all, a solution is quickly found to remove that sense of pressure.
The foundation of the live event stems from knowledge about the mind. The thing is there are things we can control in life and things we can't. When we spend time on trying to change things we have no control over, we become frustrated and anxious.
But when we understand there are two things we can control; our thoughts and our behaviours, life suddenly takes on a more positive meaning.
In addition, we always have choices but those choices aren't always visible so the live event helps make these choices visible.
Support will then be offered to the club to help create a purposeful strategy.
THE BIG IDEA
To support sports teams around the country in creating positive, engaging environments, so young people and leaders can experience healthy growth and participation in sports and life.
We do this by delivering workshops and live events educating leaders and young sports men and women how to remove anxiety and negative pressure.
THE PROCESS - The Pressures From Life And Sports
Deliver and film the first 'live event' to demonstrate the concept of how to remove pressure and anxiety
Raise awareness using Social Media and Crowd Funder
Invite donations and support to raise money
Start the Charity creation process
Begin to deliver more 'live events' and attract more support from athletes who have suffered from anxiety and pressure
A 'champion' will be nominated in areas around the country who will be trained to deliver the live events
A support and growth network will be created on Facebook
National recognition and support from athletes to keep spreading the work for results.
WHO I'M INVITING TO DONATE AND BECOME ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHARITY
Parents of young athletes
Professional athletes who understand the value this charity and want to be associated with it
Businesses who can offer donations to help towards making this a reality
Philanthropists that believe young people in sports deserve to be given chances in life to overcome challenges
Coaches of athletes
People who care about the cause
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
Donate, donate, donate and help us help young sports men and woman across the country
THE FIRST LIVE EVENT HAS BEEN FILMED!
I recently filmed a live event highlighting how to shift perceptions from a situation when the answers to release pressure and anxiety aren't forthcoming.
WHAT IS IN PLACE RIGHT NOW?
I've created the documents that any club can access that can be used immediately. I need help to create the support structure to enable me to focus on delivering this work and sustain it over the coming years.
Be part of something amazing and get involved!
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