Jonathan ‘Thinks Big’ with football tournament

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

FIFTY youngsters under 15 have enjoyed a soccer tournament aimed at promoting positive mental health awareness.

FIFTY youngsters under 15 have enjoyed a soccer tournament aimed at promoting positive mental health awareness.

Twenty-two year old youth worker Jonathan Collins organised the ‘Footy Friday’ event and held it in the Factory in the Galvone Industrial Estate.

Supported by O2 Telefonica’s Think Big campaign, Jonathan’s project aimed to promote positive mental health among young people in Southill and surrounding communities by encouraging them to take part in activities in which they are interested, such as sport.

Jonathan is a Junior Leader with the Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project.

The Think Big project has been designed by O2 and Headstong to enable young people to do projects in their community that will make a difference to theirs and to other’s mental health.

Since its launch in September 2010 Think Big has seen funding approved for over 80 projects throughout the country, including a number from the Limerick area.

‘Footy Friday’ featured 10 teams of five players all of whom competed in a one-night knock-out.

Each participating team wore t-shirts featuring positive mental health slogans and the event was followed by a wrap party with face painting, DJ and refreshments.

There were extra celebrations for Player of the Tournament’, Cian O’Donoghue , 15, from St Mary’s Park.

Meanwhile, the winning team was Garryowen managed by Ann Mullins who took home the Footy Friday Cup.

There were also medals for the runners up.

The Think Big Programme is open to anyone aged between 14 and 25, with an idea for a project that will make a difference to young people’s mental health. In addition to receiving funding to help get the project up and running, each Think Big project group will get support from O2 and Headstrong in the form of mentoring and training.