Today we have been joined by six times European Champion, seven times British Judo Champion and two times Olympian, Sophie Cox. Thanks to funding from the Youth Sport Trust, Our Lady’s is piloting an ‘Active in Health’ project in 2018 to tackle inactivity and promote mental well-being in adolescents.
The project is designed to motivate students that are ‘less likely to be physically active’ or would benefit from an extra fun based activity sessions. Research shows that levels of participation in physical activity drop between childhood and adolescence, the most significant decline taking place from age 10 into early adolescence. To avoid inactivity and sedentary behaviours continuing throughout adolescence and into adulthood, we are training health mentors in year 9 in preparation for them delivering well-being sessions to their younger counterparts.
Sophie has been working with the year 9s who will become ‘Active in Mind Mentors’ teaching them what is required from them in a mentoring role. They have watched videos and taken part in activities and discussions focussing on how the skills you use as an athlete can help tackle anxiety and increase confidence. These skills include determination, aspiration, motivation and resilience – all skills that our mentors will use to promote well-being at Our Lady’s. Sophie will be visiting us again in the new year, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see how we stay active in 2018!