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- 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
- 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
- 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- Raising awareness of mental health for young sports people. This will be done through marketing on social media and their website, which is work in progress.
- Funding education and qualifications. We will seek to fund the education of coaches, staff, parents and players on mental health through working with trained specialist to undertake formal training. Spoting Minds UK will seek to fund and facilitate an individual from a sporting institution, to become a mental health first aider. This will give them formal qualification and be invaluable in helping them recognise symptoms of mental health issues and how to handle them effectively.
- Providing and funding direct, for 1 to 1 support. Any young person in sport, with a mental health issue, will have the opportunity to be offered 1 to 1 support with a trained professional. Sporting Minds UK have a goal to have a ‘menu’ of trained psychiatrists and psychologists who are onboard with Sporting Minds UK and who offer their services. Their aim is to eventually acquire the support of around 20 or so professionals to ensure we don’t encounter any geographic issues.
The event organisers are a group of Edinburgh College Year 2 HND Students. The four-strong team at All Star Events are passionate about bringing children together in sport and could think of no better event to organise than a school’s football tournament.
Event team manager Andrew Fraser said: “We are delighted to be using the Oriam’s indoor 3G pitches for soccer 7’s school teams for this upcoming tournament. This was an event that we have wanted to do for some time allowing all levels of Primary School teams a chance to play at these facilities in the friendship of sport. On conducting research, it was apparent that very few primary school football teams had a league, cup or any competition they could feasibly enter.”
Sixteen school teams from all over the Lothians will face each during the tournament. There will be two Cups available based on team abilities, allowing all levels of teams to participate. The winning teams will receive a trophy and all players will take home a participation medal.
This event has partnered with “Sporting Start”, a charity that enables young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to experience and enjoy sport. They help individuals and groups who face financial - or other opportunity limiting barriers - to access or participate in sport. They aim to provide funding support to help with coaching, courses, events, facilities and sports equipment, for example.
Sporting Start was founded in memory of Martin Macari, an inspirational and talented sportsman whose life was cut short by cancer aged 47. A passionate advocate for the power and joy of sport, Martin was a role model who led by example as player, coach and leader across multiple sports.
As a father, one of Martin’s greatest hopes for his children was that they develop a love of sport from an early age and thrive from the many ways sport would enrich their lives. He strongly believed that every young person should be given this opportunity.
Andrew said: “On searching through sporting charities for this tournament the team came across Sporting Start. A charity that was initially unknown to us, but we discovered that both the team at All Star Events and Sporting Start shared the same ethos in regards to youth sport in the Lothians and we are delighted we have partnered for this tournament.”
The tournament has also received sponsorship from Football Nation, who will be providing event tracksuits; Bala Sports, who will be providing Fairtrade Match Balls; Scotmid and various other local businesses which will help the event to be a lasting experience for those pupils involved. The event is also hosting a Fairtrade Fruit and Water stand that all participants are free to enjoy throughout the tournament.
“It is hoped that the success of this tournament will allow it to become an annual event allowing more schools to be part of a footballing experience for their pupils,” added Andrew.
There are a limited number of spaces still available to primary schools and if you would like further details, or information on how your school can participate, please contact the organisers on [email protected]
Boroughmuir Thistle Violets v Boroughmuir Thistle Jags
Hutchison Vale v Hibernian FC
Hearts FC v Blackhall Athletic
Spartans Douglas v Blackburn United
Spartans FC v Cockenzie Star
Dunbar v Boroughmuir Thistle Whites
Haddington Athletic v Dalkeith Thistle Cardo
Edinburgh South v Murieston United Blues / Blackburn United Black
Broxburn Athletic v Tranent Colts
Arniston Rangers v Hibernian Greens
Boroughmuir Thistle Purples v Musselburgh Windsor Whites
Blackburn United Yellows v Penicuik Div 2 / Murieston United Whites
Musselburgh Windsor Blues v Loanhead Youth Miners FC
North Berwick v Hibernian Whites
Penicuik Div 3 v Hearts Development
Lauderdale v Linlithgow Rose
All ties are scheduled to be played in the 24th March