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Manchester City players, Jill Scott and Megan Campbell joined youngsters from a local primary school, to see first hand the work that is being delivered through City in the Community's new collaboration with mental wellbeing organisation, myHappymind.
Combining a fun and interactive curriculum with digital resources, classrooms across Manchester are being provided with the tools to support the development of their pupil's positive mental well being by building resilience, self esteem and character.
The downloadable lessons and animated characters take children through a series of modules to help them understand how the brain works, celebrate character strengths, develop a habit of gratitude, build positive relationships and engage with the world. These lessons can also be accessed by pupils and parents via the myHappymind app, which is home to a series of games and exercises.
For City in the Community schools, these games have been given a Manchester City makeover enabling youngsters to unlock football accessories for their chosen character.
On the day, the children, who had been invited to City Football Academy to take part in a myHappymind lesson, helped the players understand what each animated character represented and showed them a calming and self-reflective exercise known as ‘happy breathing'.
Mike Green, Head of City in the Community, commented: "We are delighted to be collaborating with myHappymind to promote positive mental wellbeing within our local partner schools.
"The programme will add a new aspect to our football led curriculum and will help to provide children across Manchester with the confidence and self-belief to reach their potential."
Laura Earnshaw, Founder and CEO of myHappymind, added: "We are thrilled to be working alongside City in the Community to bring myHappymind into schools in and around Manchester.
"CITC have a long history of supporting the wellbeing of children through their inclusive health, fitness and lifestyle programmes. We're excited about bringing the conversation around building mental wellbeing to life in Manchester schools through this collaboration."
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