FOUNDERS

We are two brothers, originally from Solihull in the West Midlands, who have a passion for sport having played rugby from a young age at various clubs in the UK and Ireland.

We’ve experienced the highs and lows of playing competitive sport in testing environments, which can often impact on your mental health.

We love our sport and want to help keep heads in the game for as long as possible.

 

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Conor Joyce

Hello and welcome to Noggin Sport. I play professional rugby with Jersey Reds in the RFU Championship, having previously developed my game with Ulster Rugby for five years.

Through my sporting career, I have experienced the 'high' and 'lows' of competing at a professional level.

To overcome the 'lows', it helps to create openness between players, coaches and everyone involved in sport so that individuals are able to express any concerns or doubts they may have when it comes to the subject of mental health.

Our aim at Noggin Sport is to create a safe space for sportsmen, sportswomen and sports lovers to promote the positive effects of mental illness and mental health awareness.

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Kieran Joyce

I'm Kieran. I have been playing rugby from whenever I can remember and have been capped for international age-grade squads along the way.

I've had a first-hand experience of dealing with mental illness, it can be a very lonely place and I felt very isolated. I struggled to know who and where to turn to. As a result, I am dedicated to creating an open network through Noggin Sport to help aid discussions on mental health.

I initially found it difficult to open up and talk about my mental health with family or friends but through Noggin Sport, I am now able to discuss and share my ups and downs with fellow athletes and also listen to their personal experiences.

Many sportsmen and sportswomen face the same issues all over the world and through our team at Noggin, we are striving to stamp out the stigma, which surrounds mental illness.  

Mental illness in sport can strike at any time and it can be a very lonely place to find yourself, so why not try and break this barrier together?

We hope that through our work at Noggin, we can shed a positive light on mental illness and mental health. So come on board and be a part of keeping heads in the game.