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England netballer visits the Becton Centre

30 October 2019

Mid game at Becton

The young people and staff at our Becton Centre had a visit from the wonderful former England Netball captain Ama Agbeze MBE!

Young people staying at our inpatient lodges at Becton gathered in the sports hall to hear about Ama’s netball journey – from starting netball in school to leading Team England to their historic Commonwealth gold medal in Australia last year. Ama, who has recently been awarded an MBE for services to netball, talked about the ups and downs of sport; what she has learnt being a captain, mental health and sport, her studies which led to her becoming a qualified lawyer and her plans for the future.

Everyone had the opportunity to ask Ama questions and see the official Commonwealth gold medal before both patients and staff got stuck into a game very similar to dodgeball – where lots of potential netballers got very competitive!

Ama then had a chance to chat one-on-one with patients, and she wrote personal messages for those who weren’t able to take part. Lastly, Ama talked to staff about the dedicated work they do supporting young people across the UK with a range of difficulties that are impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing, as well as discussing the potential benefits sport can have on mental health.

Team with Ama outside Becton

Ama Agbeze, former England Netball captain, said: “I had a great time meeting the team and patients at Becton! It was great to see first-hand the dedicated work Sheffield Children’s do supporting young people across the UK with a range of difficulties that are impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing – it also reminded me of the important role sport can play to open conversations about mental health and support anyone struggling.

Ama and Bridget in sensory room at Becton Amber lodge

“After talking about my journey in sport, we played a great dodgeball style game in the sports hall with both young people and staff – everyone got involved!  This helped break some barriers down to open up some really good conversations with a number of young people staying in the lodges and get an understanding about what matters to them, why they’re currently staying at Becton and their interests. Conversations like this and chatting to staff really showed to me how important it is to have a centre like Becton to support our young people and their families.”

Thank you for visiting Ama!

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