The Alinta Energy Gippsland League will be hosting a mental health awareness themed round on July 9th for round 13 of the 2022 season. This special theme round is proudly supported by our major partner Loy Yang B and will aim to help raise awareness of mental health issues and the impact it is having on our community and the quest to ‘making better mental health our goal’.
The event will be run over the 5 match days with the Traralgon v Moe match being the feature matchday of the round. Both football and netball will be engaged with activities on the day. The main activation in the round will see one mental health champion from each football team across the four grades wear a specially designed jumper featuring a blue 0 on the back to represent the push for zero lives lost to mental health. These jumpers represent the League and member clubs’ united position to support better mental health across our clubs and communities. In each netball match a mental health champion from each team will wear a special blue bib. Each netball match will also feature the use of a special blue netball match ball. All football and netball players and officials will be wearing blue arm bands to support the quest to make better mental health our goal.
Each of the five matchdays across the Gippsland League will participate for a Mental Health Round Cup. The winning club will receive this at the end of the day. The winning club will be based on the total team wins on the day across football and netball. In the result of a tie, the club with the highest average winning margin on the day will be declared the winner.
All 10 matches at each venue will have a medal to be awarded to the Alliance Player of the Game. This medal will be decided by the winning sides coaching panel and is awarded to the player they believe demonstrated the most courage, determination and teamwork for the winning side.
The League will be producing a special copy of the Gippsland League Record for the round and the match between Traralgon and Moe senior match and A Grade match will be streamed live via Gippsland League TV.
Summary of mental health round activations:
- Each of the five matchdays will compete for a Mental Health Round Cup
- Each match in Round 13 will have a player awarded the Alliance Medal for the best display of courage, determination and team work for that matches winning side.
- In every senior match in Round 13 a nominated champion will wear a specially designed jumper.
- In every netball match a nominated champion will wear a set of blue bibs
- In every netball match a special blue match ball will be used
- Football and netball players and officials will be asked to wear blue arm bands in the support of better mental health.
- Gippsland League will use the Record to feature an all-blue cover with an image of the champions in the jerseys to be worn on the match day.
- Traralgon v Moe Senior & A Grade match will be live streamed via Gippsland League TV