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“Inspirational and Supportive”: The WSA’s Wellness Month

31 May 2021

The Women’s Sports Alliance’s (WSA) Dedicates May 2021 To Coping With Mental Health Issues In Women’s Sport

Following a month of online support workshops, the WSA’s Wellness Month was a huge success. Recognising the importance of wellness as a huge contributing factor to both on and off field success, the WSA dedicated the month of May to providing its members with tools, resources, and inspirational advice from leaders and athletes on how to promote a healthy state of mind.

Through a series of online events, which attracted over 500 attendees and viewers, the WSA and its wellness partners ran workshops, interviews, Q&As and classes, all designed to give support and advice on the issues of mental health.

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The Month’s highlights included:

 

  • Interview with WSA Ambassador Fran Kirby, England and Chelsea footballer, who shared her own personal mental health battles – from losing her mum at the age of 14 to coming back from a life threatening illness and everything – inspiring the WSA audience with her story.
  • Yoga Workshop with Alecs Donovan, Wales women’s centre and yoga teacher, who showed how regular yoga practice, which focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing, can boost physical and mental wellbeing.⁠
  • A series of mental health support workshops from Willow Grove Consultants, an organisation founded with a view to increase Mental Health support available to elite athletes and sporting organisations.
  • A workshop by CBT Therapist, Laura Murphy, which focused on the importance of sleep, offering a wide range of sleep techniques which are most effective for elite athletes and coaches.

Jordan Guard, WSA Managing Director, looks back at a hugely successful and inspiring month: “The response to our events this month has been incredible. Giving our members a platform to open up about mental health and working with our partners to highlight strategies and coping mechanisms has been a most amazing experience. As an ex-professional athlete myself, I am very conscious of how good mental health is a huge contributing factor to sporting performances at any level, and I feel honoured and humbled to have been able to focus on the importance of wellness this month.”

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