Testimonials

I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to each and every Feline player and parent who attended our SALT (Sport and Life Training) session tonight after training. There were laughs, tears, sharing and a hell of a lot of caring in the room. To Scott from SALT, thank you for your presentation and the amazing way you manage to put everyone at ease while discussing some very raw and hard things to discuss. If we as a club, can help one player, one parent, one brother, sister or friend, then what we do off the field is the most worthwhile thing we can do for our members. Mental Health and wellbeing should be spoken of regularly, just like a sore ankle or a sore knee would be. If you see someone struggling, ask the question. Are you OK? Tonight we became more of a family than a footy team and for that, thank you all.

Nadine Nicholson

Murray Felines FC

Last Thursday night, we were treated to a beneficial mental health and wellbeing night presented by Scott Angove of SALT Sport and Life Training. Scott, a good friend of our club legend Digga Gee, provided all of our Roaders the ability to walk away with valuable tools to assist in their own welfare and those close around them. The energy coming away from this night was really positive, and we’d like to once again thank Mawson’s for funding the evening.

Jack Hicks

President Congupna FNC

The Tyntynder Football Netball Club greatly benefited from participating in the SALT session conducted by Scott. We recognise our players, members & volunteers are too important not to participate in any program that enhances their mental health & wellbeing and Scott was great making everybody comfortable in what can sometimes be an uncomfortable discussion. Thanks to Mawsons and local branch manager Paul for his attendance on the night which reinforced their commitment to supporting our community.

Luke Kelly

President Tytynder FNC

At Swan Hill FNC we held the Salt mental health and wellbeing session recently, facilitated by Scott Angove. We had started an awareness program with the senior players and this was a great initiative for the whole club. The evening was very insightful, informative and open in many respects.
Scott ran the evening in a very engaging way. His knowledge of football, netball and club culture enabled the group to connect with him very quickly. His unique style enabled a lot of openness in the group and for those that attended were able to witness many things about our colleagues that we were previously unaware of. We would recommend the Salt session very highly for all clubs as we engage more in our community well being. As a result we have committed to the Club Wellness Team that is encouraged by Salt and we look forward to the future training in this important initiative. The well being of our people at the club is increasingly apparent and we thank Scott, SALT and the generous support of Mawson’s for helping us on our course to address that.

Chris Craig-Neal

President Swan Hill FNC

Thanks Scott, what a great night. our members opened up and spoke of not only themselves but others around them that are dealing with this heartache.
Mental health at this point of time is through the roof and to see our members dealing with it in their own way is outstanding. After you left here there were 12 members standing around talking about their own mental health issues and how they are dealing with it for several hours. Starting to talk to others is a great first step and now they know that they can open up to one another. Thanks once again and a huge thanks to Mawson’s for their generous support of local footy clubs.

Mark Bartlett

President Rushworth FNC

The SALT Wellbeing and Mental Health presentation was a great way to kickstart our 2022 season. The presentation was engaging and allowed us to have conversations with members of our Club that we might not otherwise have. The presentation was thought-provoking and provided us with questions/strategies that we can use in many contexts to check on the wellbeing of others. The presentation has prompted our Club to establish a Club Wellbeing Team and to continue our relationship with SALT. Thanks to Mawson’s Concrete and Quarries for their support of this programme and enabling us to have access to it; a very worthwhile and life-giving experience.

Chris Telford

Yackandandah FNC

Club well-being is a rising priority at the Tocumwal football and netball club. As a club, we understand the important role we play in helping people through tough times. The SALT session with Scott helped bring this priority to fruition and was delivered in a compassionate, funny and non-confrontational way. Scott's style of delivery was warming and created a safe space for people to discuss some personal issues they faced and allowed us to bond closer as a team and community. Clubs with a focus on player welfare should be engaged with SALT. Tocumwal FNC would like to sincerely thanks Mawson’s for their commitment to supporting grass roots sports clubs.

Matt Peterson

President Tocumwal FNC

Like many country football netball clubs, we play a vital role in the community and have had our fair share of tragedies.  Scott from SALT came and with his 90 minute presentation, had a huge impact on our club through his session.  People opened up and shared their own struggles which were made more powerful because they were OUR players, parents and supporters.  Directly after the presentation, there was a distinct change in the atmosphere of the club. We now feel better equipped to identify and support others within our footy and netball community who are struggling.  We will continue to encourage members of our club to reach out to one another and build connections.  The phrases 'I'm here is you need' and 'how are you going?' have been positively altered by SALT and people now feel more comfortable initiating these conversations.  We are very grateful for the support of MAWSONS and SALT to help spread mental health awareness to the Leitchville Gunbower FNC.

Kellie Taylor

Leitchville Gunbower FNC

The SALT Live Quiz enables us to compare pre and post presentation data and measure effectiveness. In the Wellbeing and Mental Health Presentation it is used to measure help seeking behaviour by participants pre and post the session. The data analysed to date consistently reflects a 70% reduction in people who would try to deal with a mental illness themselves. Highly recommend SALT to any club or school.  I felt the girls got a lot out of it and I wished our school had the program set up. Thank you

Belinda King

Football Club

The SALT presenter was amazing. She was engaging and sympathetic to some very emotional girls. She had many opening up about some very significant things. I don't know how she does it. I was in tears listening to the girls. There was a lot of positive chat amongst the girls afterwards. Many not expecting a footy club to care about more than footy. Thank you for an insightful and inspirational night.

Tina Van Schilt

Netball Club

He personalised his presentation. Spoke of what it was like for him at 15 years of age being a young man and his challenges. Controlled the room. Asked for feedback and got it. Not easy with a room full of 14/15 year olds

Derek Reynolds

Fantastic!! Really loved the message you are sending through this workshop! Empowering these young women and challenging the way they think about themselves and one another is invaluable.I hope this message stays with them for years to come. Was an absolute pleasure!

Lisa Mathieson

The presenter was exceptional! Articulate and engaging with the audience. Aligned to the clubs strategic plan and supporting the development of 'the whole person'. We will be using SALT for many other programs and creating a partnership for the betterment of our community

Sandro Cirianni

Football Club

Steve delivered this program with confidence and knowledge. Participants engaged and felt welcome to ask questions. Steve handled the group well with energy and true understanding of topics raised.

Mick

Junior Football Club

Following the wellbeing and mental health night, the atmosphere at training was unique. It was still jovial, positive and fun, but there was a deeper notion of understanding that covered every ‘G’day’, every ‘how are you going mate?’. It took me all night to pin down what was different. It hit me on the walk back to the change rooms – for the first time in my life, when a teammate at footy asked ‘how are you?’, they genuinely meant it and were eager to know how you were going. It was a beautiful feeling.

Sean Mortell

Inspiring to see SALT yet again taking the lead with connecting people through sport to promote and sustain mental health in challenging times!

Patrick

We’ve known for a while now that if we’re going to help men stay on top of their mental health, we need to go to where men are and reach them in a way and place that is comfortable for them. With that in mind, sporting communities are the best starting point to engage with young and old blokes alike, to highlight their similarities and to offer opportunity for meaningful conversation, connection and resilience building.

Zac