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VSS hosts mental health session for K4L Women

VSS hosts mental health session for K4L Women

A mental health and wellbeing session, in collaboration with Virtual Soccer Schools (VSS), was held for the Kick4Life Women’s team on Sunday.

The session featured Scottish international goalkeeper, Shannon Lynn, who plays in the Swedish Damallsvenskan for Vittsjö GIK. Shannon talked about some of her experiences in life and football, and shared coping mechanisms when dealing with trauma and mental health issues.

Tom Lamb, Founder of VSS, who facilitated the session said: “It was brilliant to see and hear the players have the confidence to stand up, ask Shannon fantastic questions on soccer whilst thinking about mental health themes such as trauma, pressure and growth mindset - they should be proud! I know the players will immediately feel empowered by Shannon's answers and how they can now believe in themselves even in the hardest moments.’

The session also covered how female players can manage the challenges of playing what remains a male-dominated sport.

Kick4Life midfielder, Nthona Sekonyela said: ‘Interacting with Shannon and hearing her tell us her story is a relief, it makes us aware that we are not alone and we will get through the things we are going through.’

Kick4Life’s Director of Women’s Programmes, Maphoka ‘Puky’ Ramokoatsi added: ‘The platform was a great opportunity for our players to ask questions and interact with someone who plays at a top level. It helped them learn about how they can cope with challenges they face in their lives on and off the field.’

Read more on Shannon’s story including her involvement on FIFPRO’s Mental Health Taskforce

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