What’s Involved?

 

Participating clubs will sign up for the 2016/2017 season, with the programs delivered throughout. We are looking for adolescent males aged 12-17 years, their coaches and parents to participate in the research study.

Data for the research study will be collected before and after Ahead of the Game is rolled out and our project team will work closely with your club to work out the best way to deliver the programs and recruit individual participants. Participation is entirely voluntary and participating individuals will be asked to provide signed consent before the study begins.

If your club signs up to the Ahead of the Game study, you’ll be able to access the following programs:


 

Ahead of the Game Awareness Campaign - for adolescents

An awareness campaign will be rolled out through participating clubs. We will provide informational posters and banners, which can be displayed around the club and goody bags for all adolescent participants. The campaign will focus on improving mental health knowledge, decreasing stigma and promoting help-seeking.


Help Out a Mate - for adolescents

Help Out a Mate is a one hour workshop session delivered by specialist presenters. It introduces participants to common mental health problems, teaches them how to look out for signs that a mate might be struggling and what they can do to help. 


Your Path to Success in Sport - for adolescents

A 1 hour workshop session supported by six 10-minute online modules. This is a sport psychology program that helps adolescents identify and develop skills for managing the challenges that sports can present. Participants consider key skills for being resilient and successfully navigating their own path through sport, including the importance of effort, learning, embracing challenges, and managing setbacks.


Athlete Motivation - A How-To Guide - for coaches

This program provides suggestions of small changes that can be made to your coaching practice to improve the motivation of your athletes. The benefits of this program include increased enjoyment for coaches and players, reduction in burnout/dropout from sport and improved wellbeing. This program initially involves a 2 hour workshop which is backed up by online content which can be completed throughout the season. Group mentoring sessions are also provided, which give coaches the opportunity to discuss your experiences and learn from each other.


Number 1 Supporter - for parents

A 1 hour workshop session designed to increase parents’ knowledge about adolescent mental health and wellbeing. It will help parents to differentiate between ‘normal’ adolescent behaviour and possible signs that an adolescent might be struggling. It also provides information on how to promote positive mental health, how to start a conversation about mental health with your teenager, what to do if you are concerned and where to seek help.