PERTH-Bayswater Rugby Union Club’s family-orientated environment and mental health support have helped members become stronger after the tragic loss of two players last year.
The club partnered with Headspace to provide one-on-one support for players, foster an environment for players and families to talk about mental health and held fundraisers.
It has been named a finalist for the RAC Insurance Beyond Sport award in the RAC Sports Star Awards, with winners to be announced at a ceremony at Optus Stadium on February 7.
Junior chairwoman Hayley Clarke-Payne said she was “humbled” and “touched” to be nominated.
“We have got some really good people so I am quite stoked for them,” she said.
“We are very senior and junior orientated.
“I think it proves it was one of the things that we were going to achieve that season, to combine the club.”
She said in 2019, the club would continue working closely with Headspace and running its homework club for juniors.
Joint president Kerrie Buist said it was important to be “one club” and build a connection between the older and younger players.
“We really pride ourselves on being a very family-orientated club so we look after each other,” she said.
“We made sure that those (mental health) resources were available and knowledge was out there that those resources are available.”
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