Early start to good mental health

Playing team sport aids health in children

A study from the University of Wollongong's Early Start Research Institute has found that children who drop out of sport at an early age are more likely to suffer from mental health problems later in life.

Researcher Dr Stewart Vella has found that children who leave organised sport between the ages of 8-10 years are 20 per cent more likely to suffer from mental health issues before the reach high school. UOW's Early Start Research Institute, which will house the one-of-a-kind Discovery Space, is due to open early next year and is set to become the world's leading research and learning institute in early childhood education. 

The Discovery Space, an interactive learning and play space, will be the centrepiece of the institute and will be open to the public. It is based on similar principles to Canberra's Questacon science learning centre, but rather than the exhibits controlling the interaction with children, the Discovery Space will let children dictate the learning and fun. 

Already the Discovery Space is being fitted out with learning installations such as a pirate ship, learning cave, interactive technology room and archeological dig site. If you'd like to support the enhancement of the Discovery Space and invest in the future generation of leaders and learners please go to our Give Now page.    


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One future scholarship holder can raise a glass – or in this case a coffee cup – to the campus cafes, their clientele and the University’s Community Engagement team after the annual fundraising campaign, Coffee For A Cause.
The week-long campaign, now in its eighth year, raised more than $3000, which is donated to the university’s Learning and Development fund and will help finance support for one of the scholarship holders for a year.
Coffee For A Cause has been growing each year and involves a 20 cent donation from participating cafes on campus for every coffee sold during the designated week. This year the University’s satellite campuses at Shoalhaven, Bega and Moss Vale also participated for the first time, hosting morning teas at which donations to the Learning and Development Fund could be made.
The Learning and Development Fund supports students in need. Ten Learning and Development scholarships are offered each year valued at $3000 per year over three years which are only made possible by the generosity of supporters of UOW including alumni, staff and the wider community. Melanie Dinnie, pictured above, is a former scholarship holder and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Coffee For A Cause campaign.
To help support the Learning and Development Fund you can donate online or call the office of Development on 4221 3042. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.