Basketball Queensland’s new Game Development General Manager, Warwick Cann, is heading the implementation of a pilot player, referee & coach Welfare Program that will impact all levels of the game in Queensland.
This pilot program aims to ensure players and coaches are well informed of support available for wellbeing, career planning and crisis management by providing tools for self-care on and off the court.
“Personal welfare is a key concern for Basketball Queensland and its members. This targeted welfare program is a very special initiative and one we hope meets the needs of our coaches, referees, players – both young and older” commented Warwick Cann, Basketball Queensland General Manager – Game Development.
The program will help to reduce the factors that lead to mental health problems and increase career options for players, coaches and referees. Basketball Queensland will proudly invest in the lives of its members by providing a range of services including;
- Mental Health First Aid training to coaches,
- Educational seminars and workshops on wellbeing to athletes and young referees, and
- Develop a career action plan which includes specific goals, actions, time frames and resources for all older athletes.
“This is a very exciting time for Basketball Queensland and all of its members” commented Jason Fiddes, Player Welfare Officer and architect of the program. “We all need a hand at times and that’s what this program is offering. Whether it is personal or professional, we want to help and see our participants reach their full potential on and off the court.”
Basketball Queensland is committed to providing a unified and inclusive sport to the broader Queensland community.