Alpine Saints MFNC awarded Victorian Club of the Year
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Alpine Saints MNFC awarded the Good Sports Victorian Club of the Year 

Congratulations to the Alpine Saints Myrtleford Football Netball Club who have received the Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year for inspiring positive change and building a healthy, family-friendly club. 

The AS MFNC were acknowledged for;

  • development of a wellbeing team to provide support for those who are experiencing mental health issues and provide pathways to local services
  • encouraging help seeking behaviours and providing a safe and welcoming space where conversations help to de-stigmatise mental health issues

In 2019 the club approached CTCA coordinator to support them with this initiative.  Following the CTCA framework, the Wellbeing team established a plan that provides clear objectives and outcomes.  The plan attracted funding through Alpine Health’s prevention platform Communities That Care Alpine and the CTCA Coordinator has supported the club to realise its vision.

“We know that sport provides a huge boost to mental wellbeing through social connectedness and physical activity.  It also plays a vital role in building awareness as well as building essential skills so people can recognise poor mental health and know what to do.” Said John Pryor chair of the wellbeing team

The Wellbeing Team has developed a sustainable and transferrable model by:

  • establishing a governance structure,
  • capacity building for Wellbeing Team - youth mental health first aid and media training, brand development, Self-care and support
  • MFNC and broader community – club messaging and events, mental health supports and pathways
  • Partnership development – ADF, Alpine Health, local schools, GP practices

This, grassroots Wellbeing team comprises, health professionals, board members, coaches, players and supporters who want the club to be seen more than just a place for sport but a one that supports its whole community. 

Nick Shaw, CEO Alpine Health said “Being able to recognise and maintain good mental health is the purpose of this group.  Mental Health services are stretched and by taking a preventative approach we aim to reduce the burden to the mental health system and Alpine Health sees this as important work with and for our community”

More information

Lisa Neville - Alpine Health Health Promotion

CTC Alpine | MARAM | Gender Equality

[email protected] | 0439 007 412

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