Throughout January our athlete mentors have been delivering virtual COVID & Me sessions to young people and students across the country. The 90 minute session talks about some of the impacts that the pandemic and frequent lockdowns cause and is designed to help with the transition into the next stage of living with the pandemic and the anxieties, concerns, challenges and changes it has created for them, their families and their community.

As of the beginning of February 2021 the Trust had delivered more than 15 sessions to over 100 young people at schools, colleges and community groups with more booked in over the weeks ahead. Thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund we have been able to offer these sessions for free. In particular we were pleased that we were able to offer this session to all schools who applied to the AQA Unlocking Potential programme, regardless of whether they were successful or not.

While 90 minutes isn't long, the sessions enables young people to try and think positively about the future and give them tips and tricks to help them deal with the here and now. Some of the key topics the sessions cover are:

  • How you can try and understand any positives that have come from it
  • How you might deal with stress that is caused by the current situations using a model called the Stress Container
  • Understanding you can Control the Controllables
  • Talk about developing positive coping strategies
  • Discuss the Five Ways to Wellbeing 

The feedback from students and teachers we have delivered the sessions to far has been hugely positive as the examples below show:

Janice Norman - Teacher, Park Community School

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the Covid and Me Workshop today. The students have left the session feeling really uplifted and absolutely loving the learning, which is how we all aim for it to be! Both sessions were so well received and 24 students attended today, so thank you so much for that!

Adam Whitehead, Olympic swimmer and athlete mentor for the Trust has delivered a number of the sessions for the Trust alongside fellow athletes, he said of the sessions:

Its been amazing to deliver a number of our “Covid and Me” sessions, at a time where young people need more support than ever, and I believe its made a positive impact on those who have joined them.  It’s great to see the participants open up about how they currently feel and to be able to support them with some positive coping strategies through this period. Being able to reach more young people virtually has allowed us to have a greater impact on those who need it most and I hope we can reach even more young people in the future. 

If this session is something you are interested in one of our athletes delivering to your school, college or group then please don't hesitate to get in touch to find out more. Please get in touch at [email protected]

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to deliver these Covid & Me sessions to so many young people at this important time. We'd like to say thank you to the Government for making this possible.