Sport for Confidence Occupational Therapist, Deb Bullen, ran the first of two ProActive sport sessions; designed to address the effects the Coronavirus pandemic has had on young people’s activity levels as well as their social, emotional and mental health. 
The programme of workshops was delivered by Deb, together with professional beach volleyball player, Issa Batrane. The session focused on understanding the benefits of physical activity; building confidence and self-esteem; dealing with peer pressure and bullying; the effects of lockdown, dealing with stress and understanding anxiety, using sport as a therapeutic intervention. 
The programme was funded by Active Sussex and was delivered at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) in Sussex. 
First part of workshops was delivered to twelve Year 9 girls. As part of the funding the girls received a volleyball each and will also get the chance to practice what they have learned at Yellowave Beach Volleyball Club sometime in the Spring. 
They will also receive a voucher for a coaching lesson at Yellowave in the hope they will continue playing. The second part of the workshops (dates yet to be confirmed) will take place in the Spring of 2021 (restrictions permitting) at PACA to a different year group. 
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