Yesterday, Sensei Richard attended the 'Sport Minds: a pan-sport movement to support mental health' Conference at Wembley Stadium representing the English Karate Council (EKC) and the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB).
On March 25th, the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation was launched to national media coverage and personal support from the then Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Members of Chelmsford SKC are very proud to have an active role in this launch and the Club alongside the EKC and the KUGB are keen to support and help raise awareness of Mental Health.
Photo: The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation
The conference purpose was to emphasise that the launch was just the beginning and the sector can still learn and do more to ensure that good mental health is recognised as vital to all who enjoy physical activity and that help, support and guidance is available where required.
It was announced at the start of the conference that over 200 organisations had signed up for the Charter, many of whom were in attendance. Richard found the day an excellent opportunity to network with other organisations, gaining a greater insight on how to tackle the stigma and improve access to sport and Karate for people with mental illness. There was also the forum to review how to take the Charter forward and put plans into action.
Photo: Speakers at the Sport Minds Conference
During the day, Richard also had the opportunity to talk with representatives from MIND about World Mental Health Day this coming Saturday and what we planned to do both in Chelmsford and across the country to help raise awareness.
Whilst at the conference, Richard took part in an exercise called 'Exhibition Bingo' where delegates were invited to go to each stand and match a fun fact about the organisation running the stand. At the end of the conference his name was picked 'out of the hat' as the winner with his prize being presented by Olympian Andy Baddeley with a book on 'Mindfulness' (Author - Gill Hasson).
Photo: Sensei Richard receiving his prize from Olympian Andy Baddeley
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