Guardian Ballers helping to improve mental health in young people

Published Friday, 24 September 2021

A councillor has spoken of her admiration for a local project that is using basketball to help young people consider and act towards greater mental health.

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Cllr Becky Gittins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, couldn’t wait to visit a Guardian Ballers session after hearing all about it on a radio interview. 

Guardian Ballers was founded by Kieran Joseph and is led in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind as part of their child and young people provision. 

They hold a series of sessions within secondary schools and the local community using the medium and principles of basketball to facilitate opportunities for young people to develop a greater understanding of their mental and emotional well-being. 

Cllr Gittins said: “I work with lots of different community initiatives and when I heard about Guardian Ballers I knew what an important project it was. 

“Having now been to see and take part in one of the sessions I could see first hand how engaged everyone was, both with the basketball and the elements of the session concerning wellbeing and community. 

“Acknowledging and talking about mental health is such a vital thing and I’m really encouraged to see such an innovative approach.” 

Kieran Joseph added: “It was an honour for us to welcome Cllr Gittins to one of our School Sessions. At the heart of our programme DNA is the desire to reach and unite diverse communities through the medium of Basketball and Mental Health provision; so we loved that someone like herself was able to see how our programme is at the beginning of great trajectory of growth to do that on even bigger scales!” 

Coventry City Council