Chadderton-based organisation hopes to improve children's mental health with new technology

Date published: 03 March 2021


Chadderton-based non-profit organisation, Dream Big Sports, are tackling mental health and wellbeing in the education sector thanks to a brand-new partnership with T-Cup Studios and their pioneering technology.

Figures from the NHS suggest that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in six school-aged children had a mental health problem. The figures are expected to rise following restrictions put in place during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dream Big Sports - based in Chadderton - have launched a revolutionary platform in partnership with T-Cup Studios, and is encouraging schools across the country to join them in tackling the issue head on.  

'WellCup' is the education sector's first all-in-one tool that provides real-time data on the mental health and wellbeing of not only students, but teachers and the wider school community.

In addition, the powerful technology provides a directory of educational resources to encourage discussion of mental health in the classroom and at home.

The 'WellCup' platform also comes with a Netflix-style library of pre-recorded physical activity videos lead by Dream Big Sports team members, including dance and yoga.

Director Dale Harris said: “We've all heard the shocking statistics around mental health and with the last twelve months’ events, it’s only going to get worse, if we let it. With our partnership with the team at T-Cup Studios, our aim is to encourage and stimulate the conversation of wellbeing at an earlier stage in school and at home.

"The fact that Dream Big Sports are bringing this powerful technology to the education sector makes me feel incredibly proud. The positive impact it will have, I would say, is immeasurable but in actual fact with the WellCup platform it is very much measurable!”

Edwyn van Rooyen, CEO of T-Cup Studios added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Dream Big Sports during a time where it is arguably more important than ever to support students, staff and families.

"The T-Cup way is to help people discover their own blend of what it means to be healthy, happy and successful through friendly and non-intrusive technology.

Mr Van Roooyen added that the delivery of the service encourages self-reflection, and provides resources to support improvement in mental health.
   
Schools are being encouraged to fill in an expression of interest to trial the 'WellCup' platform in their school by visiting www.dreambigsports.co.uk/wellbeing.


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