Clubs from across Auckland have been a regular sight at Mount Smart Stadium for a series of winter wellbeing workshops presented by Vodafone Warriors staff and partner Le Va.
With the Covid-19 crisis keeping the club’s NRL squad away from home for another season, the club’s facilities have been put to good use for the clinics.
Not only have participants been able to use the NRL team’s resources in the Stacey Jones Room but they’ve also had access to the gym for a physical component.
As well as that the youngsters and their carers have had the special experience of being picked up from their clubs by the Vodafone Warriors’ bus and then transported home afterwards.
Vodafone Warriors staff have combined with wellbeing partner Le Va to deliver a programme titled Atumai (stand strong) which aims to build self-worth through cultural identity.
The popular programme has seen clubs sending multiple teams to Mount Smart Stadium.
"Wellbeing is at the core of what we’re doing," said Vodafone Warriors player/wellbeing and education manager Ben Henry.
"The Atumai programme, led by Elizabeth Mati from Le Va, has a focus on enhancing wellbeing through participants understanding their own personal values and building strength through the identification and practice of those values."
Also involved in the workshops again is Vodafone Warriors support team member Jerry Seuseu.
"As well as the workshops, coming in on the Vodafone Warriors’ bus has been a highlight for the participants," he said.
"(Our owner) Autex supports the workshops with drivers who give the participants a rich experience.”
After running workshops in the April-July window, Seuseu said plans were afoot to stage more clinics from August-November.
The “Mental Wealth” programme will follow. It aims at understanding barriers to wellbeing and building mental strength strategies to cope with life’s challenges. Leading this programme is Anae Mark Tuifao from Le Va.
In the first bracket of workshops, the Vodafone Warriors and Le Va have welcomed the Richmond under-14s, Glenora under-14s, Mount Albert under-16s, Point Chevalier under-14s, Bay Roskill under-14s, Te Atatu under-14s, Marist under-14s girls, Northcote juniors, Otara under-13s, New Lynn under-13s, Point Chevalier juniors, Otahuhu under-16s, Bay Roskill juniors, Marist under-13s, Manukau under-14s and Otahuhu under-14s girls.
- Any clubs interested in participating in the programme should contact firstname.lastname@example.org