Trauma-informed and ACE-aware practice

Online training: Trauma-informed and ACE-aware sports participation

Healthy Stadia is now providing interactive 2 hour online training courses, delivered via Zoom, that provide coaches and those involved in child and adult safeguarding with new insights into the profound effects of trauma, the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how participation in sport and physical activity can foster resilience and help people heal, recover and improve their long-term physical and mental health.

Who’s it for?

This training takes an organisation-wide approach for sport organisations that will have specific benefits for coaches engaging young people, but also managers, volunteers and those with a responsibility for safeguarding and workforce development. The training will be particularly useful for staff involved with projects covering: social inclusion (e.g. Kicks); mental health and wellbeing; National Citizens Service; school partnerships.

Training Objectives

The training will explore how sustained trauma can have adverse effects on behaviours, emotions and lifelong opportunities and how the supportive relationships and environments that sport provides can prevent or even reverse the harm from trauma and build individual and community resilience.

Next Online Training Session

Date: Thursday 23 July

Time: 14:00 BST

Platform: Zoom

WHAT DOES TRAUMA LOOK LIKE?

Trauma often stems from abuse and neglect or living in households where individuals are routinely exposed to issues such as domestic violence, alcohol and other substance use issues. Individuals may also suffer trauma outside of the home environment through bullying and discrimination in school and in workplaces, as well as gang violence, natural disasters and even war. Ultimately, trauma can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing, social outcomes and participation in sport.

TRAUMA AND ACES - HEALTH AND WELLBEING OUTCOMES

There is a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that our experiences during childhood can affect our physical and mental health throughout the life course.

Children, and indeed adolescents and adults, who experience prolonged stressful experiences are more likely to adopt health-harming behaviours, such as smoking tobacco, alcohol and drug misuse, which can lead to mental ill health and early onset of chronic disease.

TRAUMA AND ACES - SOCIAL OUTCOMES

Individuals who have experienced trauma are more likely to struggle with social situations and have difficulty building relationships.

For children and young people this can be hugely disruptive in terms of their education and puts them at greater risk of a variety of poor social outcomes including poverty and deprivation, unemployment, social isolation and loneliness and homelessness in adulthood.

HOW SPORT CAN HELP

Participation in sport is associated with better mental health outcomes – and there are several reasons for this. Being physically active helps to relieve stress and anxiety and being part of a team can build many different soft skills.

But perhaps most importantly, sport provides stable and supportive relationships through which individuals can build resilience, improve self-esteem, and talk about their issues without fear or judgement.

Online training on Trauma-informed and ACE-aware Sports Participation

Healthy Stadia is now providing interactive 2 hour online training courses, delivered via Zoom, that provides new insights into the profound effects of trauma, the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how participation in sport and physical activity can foster resilience and help people heal, recover and improve their long-term physical and mental health to complement more established training on safeguarding children and adults.

Training is provided by our public health lead, Andrew Bennett (opposite), who specialises in trauma-informed practice who has delivered training on ACEs and resilience for health practitioners, police forces and sports organisations over the last 3 years in the UK and Europe.

Training course lead, Andrew Bennett
  • The online training programme is two hours in total with a five minute break 
  • The course features infographics, videos, animations and testimony from those living with ACEs
  • Throughout the online training, participants will be given tasks to test their knowledge and understanding
  • Participants will have the opportunity to comment and contribute their perspectives throughout the online training programme
  • Improve knowledge about the nature and extent of ACEs
  • Understand how trauma can have adverse effects on behaviours, emotions and lifelong opportunities
  • Understand how the supportive relationships and environments that sport provides can prevent or reverse the harm from trauma and build individual and community resilience
  • Enhance current safeguarding training and practices
  • Develop ACE aware and trauma-informed approaches across sport organisations
  • Community sports coaches
  • Safeguarding leads
  • Workforce development managers
  • Mental Health leads
  • Social Inclusion leads
  • Premier League Kicks staff
  • NCS staff
+ Overview

Healthy Stadia is now providing interactive 2 hour online training courses, delivered via Zoom, that provides new insights into the profound effects of trauma, the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how participation in sport and physical activity can foster resilience and help people heal, recover and improve their long-term physical and mental health to complement more established training on safeguarding children and adults.

Training is provided by our public health lead, Andrew Bennett (opposite), who specialises in trauma-informed practice who has delivered training on ACEs and resilience for health practitioners, police forces and sports organisations over the last 3 years in the UK and Europe.

Training course lead, Andrew Bennett
+ Course Details
  • The online training programme is two hours in total with a five minute break 
  • The course features infographics, videos, animations and testimony from those living with ACEs
  • Throughout the online training, participants will be given tasks to test their knowledge and understanding
  • Participants will have the opportunity to comment and contribute their perspectives throughout the online training programme
+ Course Objectives
  • Improve knowledge about the nature and extent of ACEs
  • Understand how trauma can have adverse effects on behaviours, emotions and lifelong opportunities
  • Understand how the supportive relationships and environments that sport provides can prevent or reverse the harm from trauma and build individual and community resilience
  • Enhance current safeguarding training and practices
  • Develop ACE aware and trauma-informed approaches across sport organisations
+ Who should attend?
  • Community sports coaches
  • Safeguarding leads
  • Workforce development managers
  • Mental Health leads
  • Social Inclusion leads
  • Premier League Kicks staff
  • NCS staff

Who’s attended

Over the last two years, Healthy Stadia has delivered training to a host of organisations regionally, nationally and internationally including County Football Associations, Club Community Organisations, Active Partnerships, Youth Charities, Grassroots Sports Organisations, Violence Reduction Programmes and Homeless Football Clubs.

Next Online Training Session

Date: Thursday 23 July

Time: 14:00 BST

Platform: Zoom