Engaging youth is key for BFNL

SUPPORT: Jenny Singe, Jay Milward, Ian Bracken, Justin Abrams, Paul Hamilton, Rick Townsend, Jason Seipolt with Hulli the Headspace dog.

SUPPORT: Jenny Singe, Jay Milward, Ian Bracken, Justin Abrams, Paul Hamilton, Rick Townsend, Jason Seipolt with Hulli the Headspace dog.

HEADSPACE has teamed up with the Bendigo Football-Netball League to help connect with more young people.

The two organisations will work together on Saturday in a bid to break down barriers and offer support  to Bendigo's youth.

Headspace program manager Jenny Singe said it was important to engage with football and netball players.

"It’s a good way to for us to engage with the young people who we wouldn't normally," she said.

"The relationship with Justin Abrams and the BFNL allows us to help those young people who need support and don't know where to go to get help."

The showcase match of the Headspace themed round will be between South Bendigo and Castlemaine.

Umpires will be wearing green socks, players will be wearing green armbands and team runners will don green hats for the match.

AFL Central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams said he was excited to build a relationship with one of the city's most important organisations. 

He said AFL Central Victoria had a responsibility to offer support and assistance to the region's players and clubs. 

"We are committed to helping our clubs both on and off the field within the region, and I strongly believe that our relationship with Headspace will offer much needed assistance for anyone who needs information and support in a broad range of areas," Abrams said.

Singe said a high percentage of young people drop out of sport, so it was important to show the people of the region they do have access to help and support networks.

She said a Headspace marquee will be set up at the weekend's game.

South Bendigo will take on Castlemaine at the Queen Elizabeth Oval at 2.20pm.

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