A brief snapshot of what we've done this calendar year. Thanks to all our supporters for backing us. Here's to more in 2018!
In 2018 we will be launching a section of the website called 'Following On' which is to be dedicated to stories from those who have found a way through mental illness, to give hope to those who are currently having problems.
We're after people to submit their reflections featuring what they have been through, how it felt and how they've managed to recover.
The knowledge that things can and will get better is so important for someone going through a tough time. We hope that sharing these experiences can shine a light for people reading, giving them hope for the future.
If you would like to contribute please contact email@example.com
Saturday 10th December
Liverpool John Moores University CC came, saw and conquered in an Opening Up invitational indoor tournament this weekend. Organised by Liverpool Hope, who are wearing the campaign logo on their kit this season, the event gave four sides the chance to sharpen their short format skills going into a break.
Teeside University, another Opening Up partner club, made the long journey across to Childwall, Liverpool and were joined by Liverpool University- fresh from their 'Movember' efforts, plus the other two sides.
A LJMU v Liverpool Uni final saw the former triumph and take home the trophy. We certainly hope this can become an annual event.
Thanks to all!
This year we are getting involved with 'Movember' to change the face of men's health. You can find out more and join us by visiting www.openingupcricket.com/movember
We have teamed up with Thrive to offer a specialised wellbeing app to allow you to work on mental fitness rather than just your physical health.
The app, Thrive: Feel Stress Free - can detect, prevent and help manage common mental health conditions, using clinically proven techniques (such as CBT and mindfulness techniques.) Thrive uses effective techniques, which are used in everyday therapy, to help build resilience to stress, anxiety and mild depression. By completing the fun activities within Thrive, individuals can monitor and track their own progress and cope better with the stresses of everyday life.
Why we do it
There are a number of reasons why Thrive do what they do, ranging from helping people on a global scale to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. The UK's mental health crisis and the increasingly alarming numbers of people experiencing poor mental well-being plays a large part.
Opening Up and Tom Flowers Cricket Coaching are to begin working together as the team of ‘Mind & Body’ session presenters expands. The partnership expands the project’s reach into Leicestershire and the surrounding region whilst also providing additional coaching skills and expertise.
Mark Boyns, of Opening Up, said “Having Tom and the guys on board is a big boost for us as we aim to reach more and more cricketers going into 2018. Given the reputation of his team we know the delivery will be high quality and prove that the physical and mental sides of the sport can be well integrated."
Tom Flowers (owner of TFCC) said “We are delighted to be joining forces with Opening Up this Autumn to support the great work the foundation are currently carrying out. Cricket and mental health is something close to myself, and we hope to encourage the awareness of this within our affiliated clubs, helping to create and promote honest and open environments by sharing Mark and his teams message, supported by an insight into my personal experiences, I am sure together we can achieve more coverage and help send out a powerful message to the cricketing community of the East Midlands."
We're very happy to be building our partnership with The Cricket Asylum Foundation by supporting their 'Good Mood Cricket' course.
Sunday (27th August) saw the fourth annual Alex Miller Cup where the trend of a new team winning each year was continued.
The Opening Up side, aided heavily by the big hitting of Jameel Stuart and Dan Rowe, defeated a Sefton Park Youth team that included player of the tournament Liam Naylor.
Host team Sefton Park lost in the semi finals to the eventual winners whilst a strong Swan Indies VI, including ex Barbados players Victor Walcott and Terry Rollock, fell short of beating the emerging talents of Sefton Park Youth.
2015 champions Huyton did not progress from the group stages, left there with Paddy Kendall's group playing in the name of C.A.L.M. We were very happy to welcome two sides from the Rochdale region- Tom's Lemons and Hardman's Slugs- who are a regular fixture at such events, raising money and awareness for C-R-Y. Please visit here to find out more about their cause.
Aside from a brilliant day of cricket there was plenty of money raised for both Opening Up and CALM with £973 being split between the two. This means that the original £15,000 fundraising target, established in Alex's memory, has been surpassed by those at Sefton Park. If you would like to donate you can do so via www.justgiving.com/seftonparkcc