It was great to deliver a couple of sessions with the coaches, volunteers and young people at Linfield FC Academy and Strike Martial Arts Academy this week, with the Your Resilience programme for MindWise. Some brilliant activities and discussion around young leadership, distraction techniques , SMART methods and the GROW model of learning and dealing with injuries and deselection within sport. A brilliant programme, which is delivered free to youth and sports clubs, if any clubs are interested, please let me know.👍
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A busy week with MindWise and Mental Health UK delivering the Bloom and Your Resilience Programmes into schools, colleges and sports clubs. It was great to speak to the teachers, youth workers and young people involved with Northwest Regional college, Strabane,Erne Integrated College Linfield FC Academy, and Strike Martial Arts Academy,speaking to young people and doing activities surrounding creating a positive mindset and building resilience in the areas of managing injuries, managing studies, exam stress, dealing with de-selection and dealing with social pressures. Well done to all involved!!
During mental health week, it was great to present and speak to the young people involved with Playing for the Future Academy at the Dub Pavillion this morning. Some great questions by the group on the emotional ups and downs during my football journey with Manchester United, Wigan Athletic and others.
During mental health week, it was great to deliver the Bloom and Your Resilience Programmes for MindWise Mental Health UK to schools, youth groups and sports clubs this week, having a chat and creating discussion amongst young people. Well done to all the teachers, coaches and young people involved with Strike Martial Arts Academy, Erne Integrated College St. Mary's Limavady and Northwest Regional college, Strabane
It was great to introduce myself and get started on the Bloom Programme with the students from Lismore Comprehensive School on Wednesday. They got the chance to take part in group discussion and interactive activities as we discussed the importance of building resilience., Well done to all involved!!💪💪
Great to get a chat with teachers at St. Mary's Limavady yesterday as part of Bloom Teacher training. The 8 week resilience based Programme for 14-18year olds is being offered to schools this year through MindWise and Mental Health UK.
As Founder of Train 2B Smart, It was great to get a chat and hand out packs with some mental health tips to our 2012 TTBS group as part of the mental health campaign in partnership with Inspire and Change Your Mind . Brilliant to see young Caoimhin Campbell taking the advice on board , taking care of and having pride in his boots with the cleaning brush, helping to create purpose and ownership. Well done Caoimhin!!! 👏👏👏- Pat
Brilliant to team up with Inspire Wellbeing today delivering workshops at the Belfast Youth Cup . Spent some time with some of the coaches, parents and players involved from Portstewart and Glenavon FC Academy, speaking about my various experiences leading to my current work within mental health
It was great to get a chat with the 1st team squad and management at Dungannon Swifts FC last night about my sports career and experiences relating to my current work in the area of mental health with Train 2B Smart and others . Some great questions relating to mental health from the group and brilliant to see some familiar faces.🟡🔵
A busy day yesterday speaking to some of the staff at CRASH Services surrounding role models and leadership followed by a chat with the children, staff and parents at Mount St Catherine's Primary School Armagh and presentations to the P7 group as they make the transition into secondary school.
Great to be involved with the Beyond Bricks Programme with Cairnshill Primary School through MindWise over the last 5 weeks. Brilliant input from the teachers and children , well done to all involved!!💪💪
Well done to the Year 13 students involved in the Bloom Programme who recently received their Bloom Certificates. A brilliant effort from all involved and a big thanks to Mr McCormac for all his help with delivery.👏👏MindWise Mental Health UK
Today we were delighted to welcome back MindWise, Bloom Training Associate, Mr Pat McGibbon, to present certificates to our Year 13 students on the successful completion of their Enrichment Programme around Mental Health and Wellbeing. The Bloom programme equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions – such as moving through school, changing friendship groups, moving to university or starting employment.
Delivered through scenario-based discussion and relatable topics, such as ‘social pressures’ and ‘exam stress’, Bloom leaves young people with a better understanding of mental health in themselves and others. They will also possess a suite of tools they can deploy in ways which are right for their own mental health both now and in the future. Congratulations all!
The end of a productive and varied week speaking and coaching in the area of mental health . Began with making it on Monday morning to Tullygally Primary School for Train 2B Smart to coach some mental health related games to a group of the P6 Children . Then moved on to delivering Bloom online teacher training for MindWise and Mental Health UK and then taking a health and Wellbeng coaching session with some of the youth players at Dungannon Swifts FC and Dungannon Swifts Charitable Trust on Wednesday. Really enjoyed presenting my story and getting a chat to some of the Staff at JMK Solicitors CRASH Services yesterday and followed that up by joining Boxer Paddy Barnes in speaking to children and parents from Cross Community Boxing Club and Rathfriland FC about maintaining their wellbeing.
Really looking forward to getting a chat with those involved at Dungannon Swifts FC and Dungannon Swifts Charitable Trust on Tuesday night about my life within sport with Manchester United and Wigan Athletic and within mental health with Train 2B Smart. I was privileged to get to know Harry after moving home, he and the family welcomed both me and the teams I was involved with, so It will be brilliant to be joined by good friend, John Gregg who will speak about Harry and his heroics both on and off the field as Harry’s Legacy continues !! 💪💪💪 Harry Gregg Foundation
It was great to get out on the training pitch last night and get a chat afterwards with some of the youth players from Dungannon Swifts FC through the Dungannon Swifts Charitable Trust , Introducing the players to the 5 steps to wellbeing and adding tools to their mental health toolkit to build resilience and create young leaders.
Great to be out in the sunshine this afternoon with the students at Rathfriland High School, sport and activity coaching as part of the 5 steps to wellbeing and creating conversation around building resilience. Train 2B Smart
Great to spend this morning , firstly getting a chat with the staff and students at Rathfriland High School about my football career, the foundation of Train 2B Smart and my current work within the area of mental health followed by a chat with the boys, girls and staff of St Mary's PS Rathfriland. Some brilliant questions by both groups 💪💪Manchester United Wigan Athletic Glentoran
A busy couple of days!!💪💪 Great to speak to the Year 3 students at University of Liverpool yesterday on my experiences as a professional footballer with Manchester United, 🔴⚪️⚫️ and Wigan Athletic 🔵⚪️🟢 , my work within mental health with the foundation of Train 2B Smart, my current mental health work and the role that physiotherapists can play within the area of health promotion within the community. This morning, got a brilliant chat with the boys, girls and staff at Iveagh Primary School about some of the characters I met during my footballing journey and this afternoon delivering online Bloom teacher training for MindWise.
Some great discussions with the groups at JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services who were involved in some teambuilding activities and shared experiences about challenges to leadership surrounding work- life balance, focus, common goals( short, medium and long term) and the dynamics of human behaviour @ Jonathan Mckeown
It’s been great to work with Jonathan Mckeown and the group at JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services ,speaking about my time within football with Manchester United and Wigan Athletic. , the foundation of the charity Train 2B Smart and my current work within mental health. Lots of constructive discussion about the dynamics of strong leadership within organisations and it’s links to the building of resilience, both individually and collectively.
Getting prepared to get a chat with the group of young people at Rathfriland tonight about my sports career Manchester United Wigan Athletic, the foundation of Train 2B Smart and to coach them on the area of resilience and the importance of a support network .
Well done to the lads at Bourneview Mill FC on their efforts last week👏👏. Enjoyed coaching the group on the theme of the importance of effective verbal and non-verbal communication both on and off the field⚽️⚽️.
Brilliant to discuss social pressures this afternoon with the group at Lismore Comprehensive School as part of the Bloom Programme with MindWise and Mental Health UK. Plenty of group interaction and the discussion surrounding social media was very informative for me!! Every day should be a learning day💪💪
Brilliant to be involved with the coaching session at Bourneview Mill FC tonight. A high intensity and focused session , with great effort and spirit shown by the group . I spoke and coached around the theme of practical problem solving and building resilience both individually and collectively with the group. Well done all involved!!💪💪
Well done to Mr McCormac and the students involved in the Bloom Programme at Lismore Comprehensive School through MindWise. Week 2 today and plenty of conversation about our mental health and how to build resilience, both inside and outside the classroom💪💪
Well done to the students and teachers who took part in and completed the Bloom programme through MindWise this week . Plenty of discussion and learning on the area of building resilience within young people.
Well done to Chrisy Lavery and Stevie Shanks who took part in the Mental Health UK and MindWise Bloom/ Your Resilience training for coaches this evening. Well done lads, enjoy the match !! 🔴⚪️⚫️
Great to get a chat with Keith Russell about my current work within mental health
The Endless Spiral Podcast: Our chat with Pat McGibbon on Apple Podcasts Show The Endless Spiral Podcast, Ep Our chat with Pat McGibbon - 19 May 2021
Brilliant to get online Coach training and the Your Resilience Workshops started with Ulster Hockey, MindWise and Mental Health UK. Plenty of conversation with all involved surrounding building resilience both on and off the field.
Great to get a chat with Alex Clifford and those involved with the LEAP Programme through Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council about mental health in sport, the power of volunteering and the oppportunities presenter through volunteering . Some brilliant questions asked from the participants involved👍👍
Lets Train 2B Smart
In the age of Smart devices, its even smarter to remember that activity such as kicking a football ,cycling or a leisurely walk ⚽🚴♂️🚶♀️ , can allow our minds to wander and create opportunity for CREATIVITY , VISUAL NOTING and GROWTH of the smart part of our brain🧠
Science shows that in modern society, idle time is seen as counterintuitive and multi-tasking is prized. Yet, nobody is a true multitasker!!
You can always be writing more emails, clicking open more tabs, and attending more meetings. But that line of thinking goes against science. Whether its using a new app, tapping through, a social media post to like, or a notification to read, the more we switch our attention, the higher our stress levels go .
Taking part in mind-wandering leisure opportunity through activity allows us opportunity to day dream ( and visualise without realising that we're visualising!!) .
It gives us opportunity to DO and also wonder !!!
Now that's smart!!!!! 👏👏💪💪
Great to get a chat with Conor Stiobhard and the coaches involved tonight about building resilience, Train To BSmart Juniors and the discipline of Alex Ferguson.
Great to be involved with this project and the link between our mental and physical health .
Great to get the opportunity to co-deliver the Bloom Project for MindWise at St Patricks College, Dungannon. Plenty of thought provoking conversation with the group throughout on building resilience and toolkits and scenarios exploring areas such as visualisation both in their school and their social lives. A big thanks to Mrs Houston and to all the students involved in the workshops.
Brilliant to get a chat and keep awareness and conversation surrounding mental health in sport going!!👏⚽️💪 about mental health
Pat McGibbon Interview Head In The Game committee member Stefan interviews former Manchester United, Wigan Athletic and Northern Ireland International Pat McGibbon about his career...
Brilliant to speak last night to the youth workers and youths doing such great work with Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project and see at first hand the efforts during these challenging times and speak about the role that staying active and being involved in something positive helps build resilience.
Great to get started in co-facilitating The Bloom Programme for MindWise in Crumlin Integrated College last Friday. Really Interesting conversation and interaction with the students and teachers as we explored Resilience with those involved. A great programme!!
Brilliant to get a chat with Stefan McKevitt (a player from my Monaghan United days) about my career , Manchester United, Wigan Athletic, Train To BSmart Juniors and my work within mental health for the Head In The Game LOI mental health initiative.
A very productive day spent discussing decision making with the students at St Patrick’s College, Dungannon as part of the Bloom Programme with MindWise and speaking to those involved in the Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project about my career within sports my present day work within mental health and the day that Michael Jackson watched Wigan Athletic play!! ⚽️🔵⚪️
Well done to Catriona and all those students involved in the Resilience based Bloom Programme from St Patricks College, Dungannon.
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