QDNC is delighted to welcome Vanesse Cronje to our committee team. Mental Health/ Wellness is one of our 3 strategic focus areas for 2021 and we were keen to update our website with useful information for our members and then appoint an expert to help us drive forward further actions prior to winter season. Vanesse is looking into having our coaching team put through mental health first aid training and we will have further announcements through Feb - March to inform you of the proactive support we have for our QDNC family. Please find below an introduction from Vanesse. We are very grateful for your support Vanesse - thank you so much!#QDNClove #feelgood #belonging #goodsports❤️🖤❤️ "Hi! My name is Vanesse (pronounced Vanessa 😊) and I am excited to take on this new role of the Quinns Netball Club Wellbeing Officer. My two daughters and I have proudly been a part of this netball club for the past 8 years. The provision of this role is a fabulous initiative by the club for its members.I have a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and I currently work as a Wellbeing Counsellor with students at a University. Working with young adults for the past five years has taught me a lot about the challenges you have to face every day. One way of dealing with these challenges is through talking to someone about them. You can reach out and talk to a number of people at any time, such as your friends, netball coach, committee members, parents, and myself.Talking is a healthy way to express feelings. I create a safe space for us to discuss life issues, and what we talk about is confidential. Common issues to discuss with a Counsellor are issues like stress, anxiety, low mood, study stress, bullying and relationships.Remember to reach out if you need to – I’m here to help!"
When surveying our QDNC members, we were not surprised that the number one reason people register to play netball is for health benefits, both physical and mental.The club has observed more teenagers than ever claiming that netball helps them to "stay sane", it "gets them through their WACE", it helps them "forget about their anxieties".
For parents enrolling their child in team sport, they know netball helps kids build different social networks than those at school and it keeps them away from devices and social media. Playing in a team helps younger kids to develop self confidence, to work as a team and have a sense of belonging.Our aim is for all our players to "Feel Good". We strive to lead by example, to educate on diet and mental health, to provide a nurturing environment and a place for our players to develop greater self worth as their skills grow. Netball can help build strong and healthy bodies which in turn builds better netball players, which in turn makes happier netball players. You really can't lose!Please find some research on the benefits of team sport below
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