Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 (CMHW) is taking place from 1-7 February and England Netball is supporting this important initiative, along with young members of the Netball Family, through sharing a variety of practical and valuable resources.

CMHW was created by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, whose aim is to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing among children and young people. The theme of the week is ‘Express Yourself.’

In support of this week, England Netball are inviting all U11s, families and schools to join us for a free live digital session all about ‘Expressing Yourself’ through netball at 1pm on Friday 5 February. 

The session will be delivered by expert coaches, Georgina Rettey and Eliza Morgan, and will be based around the Bee Netball framework; allowing children to continue learning valuable physical, social and emotional skills.  

Bee Netball supports whole child development and is about friendship, inclusion, fair play – helping develop grit and resilience. It’s not about how good children are, it’s about how hard they try to Bee!

From being a de-stressor to teaching individuals how to deal with setbacks, there’s plenty of evidence that taking part in physical activity can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. 

The role of physical activity and sport will be crucial in the nation’s recovery from COVID-19 in 2021, with 500,000 young people needing support for mental health problems since the pandemic began (Youth Sport Trust). 

Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball, said: “We’re proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week. 

“It’s been a challenging year full of change and uncertainty, and research from the Youth Sport Trust shows the impact that this has had on young people’s physical and mental wellbeing. 

“Supporting children through sport, including tailored programmes such as Bee Netball, can help them feel happier and healthier both physically and emotionally. 

“We will continue to be here for the Netball Family throughout the year and look forward to being back out on court together.” 

To sign up for the free live digital session, click here. We’d love to see photos and videos of you taking part shared with us @englandnetball on social media! 

If you can’t wait until Friday or want even more Bee@Home fun, there are six challenges on the England Netball website and YouTube, featuring Vitality Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby, Tamsin Greenway and Gary Neville, to practise at home. 

A range of creative resources to encourage children (and adults) to share feelings, thoughts and ideas are also available. 

For more information on the week, visit Place2Be’s website