The ProActive Minds initiative has employed a sport and exercise psychologist as their KTP Associate to work in partnership with the Active Schools network in a bid to improve young people’s mental health across the city. They will develop resources, upskill staff and volunteers, and provide individual support.
The Wood Foundation is funding £60,000 over the period and will be involved with the strategic direction of the programme alongside Dr Bryan McCann from Glasgow Caledonian University and Graeme Dale from Sport Aberdeen.
Ali MacLachlan, UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“The health and wellbeing of our young people are inextricably linked. Understanding their needs now, following a few very challenging years, and using sports as a way to engage them in positive experiences and behaviours is something we are delighted to be involved with.”
The pilot has the backing of sportscotland, NHS Grampian, SAMH, and Aberdeen City Council.
Glasgow Caledonian University will support the KTP Associate in their research to evidence the impact of the partnership, providing a robust analysis of the pilot. It is hoped that the Knowledge Transfer Partnership will demonstrate the value of embedding psychologists with Active Schools teams and present a compelling case for national rollout.