8 out of 10 students report improved self-confidence as a result of Lidl Northern Ireland’s Sport for Good program

Olympic and Paralympic heroes and local sporting legends have teamed up with Lidl Northern Ireland to launch this year’s Sport for Good Schools program which, in partnership with children’s charity Youth Sport Trust, aims to promote healthy mental positive impact among secondary school students across Northern Ireland through sport. .

The Lidl Northern Ireland Sport for Good Schools program is a mental health athlete mentorship program that focuses on building young people’s social skills, self-esteem and self-confidence through participation athletic. The program aims to meet the needs of approximately 45% of young people here who said their mental health had deteriorated since the start of the pandemic.*

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Over 5,200 secondary school students from 25 schools in each county took part in the 2021/22 scheme, with feedback survey results revealing that 83% of participants felt the Lidl Northern Ireland scheme had boosted their overall confidence .

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Additional benefits of the program included improved resilience and enjoyment of exercise as well as increased confidence to participate in future sports. All of the teachers participating in the program have also confirmed their commitment to making improvements to their school’s mental health program through the program.

The Sport for Good Schools program is championed by six-time Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Bethany Firth OBE, 2022 Commonwealth Games and European 1,500m Championship silver medalist Ciara Mageean, and gymnast Olympic, Rhys McClenaghan. The program includes a series of mental health workshops delivered by a team of specially trained NI sports stars, including Michael McKillop MBE and Shirley McCay MBE, who are appointed as mentors to the program’s athletes by the Youth Sport Trust. The 2022/23 program was officially launched today at a special event in Belfast.

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Speaking at the 2022-23 program launch, Lidl Northern Ireland Sport for Good Ambassador Ciara Mageean said: “As a middle-distance runner competing at the highest level of international sport, I know how important it is to have a strong mindset and believe in myself to achieve my goals. I focus and work on every day. I am proud to be an ambassador for Lidl’s Sport for Good Schools program in Northern Ireland, which is dedicated to supporting young people and improving mental health outcomes, especially after the difficult times of recent years.

“I am thrilled to see the results of last year’s program and to know that it is truly impacting our youth and improving their mental health. Knowing that 80% of students who participated in the workshops saw their confidence improve demonstrates the true power of sport, and I am proud to have been able to contribute.

“I am delighted to launch the 2022-23 program and share with even more students in Northern Ireland the tools sport participation can provide to improve overall well-being, build resilience and manage health issues. mind, and hopefully find the next generation. of sports stars.

The 2022/23 Lidl Northern Ireland Sport for Good Schools program consists of a series of workshops designed to help young people explore the positive effect sport can have on their mental health now and in the future.

Jenny Rouse, Commercial and Fundraising Director at Youth Sport Trust said; “We are really excited to continue our partnership with Lidl Northern Ireland and launch our Athlete Mental Health Mentorship program for a second year. The results of our survey of the program have been fantastic and it is so inspiring to see how it has had a positive impact on the lives of so many young people in Northern Ireland.

“By designing and implementing initiatives like these, through our new strategy Inspiring Changemakers, Building Belonging, we are committed to supporting those who need the transformative power of sport and play the most. a world where digital technology has an increasing impact on their lives and where more and more children feel lonely and disconnected. It is essential that we recognize how sport and physical activity can help them feel a sense of belonging and manage their well-being.

Since 2019, the Sport for Good program has supported over 120 sports clubs and schools across Northern Ireland and provided over £320,000 in funding and equipment to encourage more children to connect with sport.

The Sport for Good Schools program is part of Lidl’s long-standing ‘Community Works’ initiative in Northern Ireland, which supports communities across Northern Ireland. First launched in 2014, the Community Works program has engaged over 750 community groups to date and has raised over £420,000 for charity partner NSPCC Northern Ireland.

Joe Mooney, Senior Partnerships Manager for Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland, said;

“As part of our established Community Works initiative, the Sport for Good Schools program is designed to tackle head-on the mental health issues facing our young people and we are delighted to see the positive feedback in the evaluation of the program. which shows just how transformative the program is in its first year.

“It is an honor to welcome back our program ambassadors, Ciara, Bethany and Rhys, who are wonderful role models for young people in Northern Ireland, both in their sporting success and in sharing their own personal experiences in mental health issues and how they have used sport as an outlet to deal with these challenges.

“We are committed to continuing the work we have done so far to ensure that more students are motivated to harness the benefits of sport for physical and mental health, and we look forward to working with our ambassadors and with the Youth Sport Trust as we reach out to local communities to support young people across the region in practical and meaningful ways.

Lidl shoppers in Northern Ireland can nominate their local secondary school to win a place in the Sport for Good scheme, along with £1,000 worth of new sports equipment, by visiting their local Lidl store and making a purchase to receive an eligible Lidl receipt containing a 10-digit code. Receipt codes must be submitted online with high school nomination for a chance to win. Registrations can be made via the Sport for Good dedicated online registration form at lidl-ni.fr/lidl-community-works. The contest is open until Sunday, October 16e.

For more information, please visit www.lidl-ni.co.uk/lidl-community-works.

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