Grand Finale for READ the PLAY Murrumbidgee Pilot

August 2015

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What better way to celebrate the completion of the two- year pilot of READ the PLAY Murrumbidgee than to host a Game Day in Temora.

The READ the PLAY Game Day was held as part of the junior AFL and netball round on Saturday 1st August at Nixon Park when Temora played the Northern Jets. The Game Day provided an opportunity for young people to recognise the brand and assist with consolidating the program into the community in a fun and engaging way.

The Under 11, Under 13 & Under 15 games were played with identifiable match balls. At the completion of the games the match balls were presented to the player who was judged to have demonstrated the READ the PLAY key messages which include; looking after your mates as well as communicating well with your coaches, umpires and fellow players.

According to Rural Mental Health Coordinators Merilyn Limbrick and Helen Sheather, the day was a big success and participants were enthusiastic and keen to demonstrate their understanding of  READ the PLAY.

“The two-year pilot has been rewarding and has produced some positive results in regards to boosting mental health awareness to young people living in rural communities, said Merilyn

“Through our wonderful partnership with AFL NSW/ACT, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD),  RAMHP and Riverina Bluebell, we have been able to deliver the program to the Under 15 AFL and netball players in five clubs within the Murrumbidgee area. The feedback from the participants, coaches and parents has been that they have increased their knowledge about mental health issues and how to assist someone to seek help.” Merilyn said.

Following on from the pilot project, an evaluation report will be submitted to the participating partners to assess the programs impact on local communities. It is envisaged that the program will then be supported to be rolled out in in the future

If you are interested in the program and would like to know more about it, please contact RAMHP Coordinators Merilyn Limbrick  
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