McKinnon Basketball Association
McKinnon Cougars

A collaborative effort and focus on adolescent mental health in team sports empowering young athletes to be the best they can be!

Written By Peter Kotaridis

McKinnon Basketball Association is proud to announce its exciting partnership with Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre as the naming rights sponsor of the McKinnon Cougars VJBL program.

This groundbreaking partnership marks a significant step forward in prioritizing mental health and well-being for our junior Cougars teams. By joining forces with Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre, we aim to provide vital mental health programs designed to address the unique challenges facing youth today, while also enhancing resilience and performance both on and off the court.

Through this collaboration, the McKinnon Cougars and Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre will launch a comprehensive Mental Health Portal on the MBA website. This portal will serve as a valuable resource hub for our community, offering access to a wealth of mental health support materials and resources to aid individuals on their mental health journey.

In addition to the Mental Health Portal, this partnership will extend exclusive discounts for counselling services provided by Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre to members of the McKinnon Cougars community.

“We are thrilled to partner with Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre to prioritize mental health and wellbeing within our organisation,” said Anita Ledger, General Manager of McKinnon Basketball Association. “Together, we are committed to supporting the mental health needs of our players, coaches, and families, and we are excited about the positive impact this partnership will have on our community.”

“We are so proud to be partnering with the McKinnon Basketball Association and to sponsor and support the McKinnon Cougars VJBL. Sports and teamwork play such a huge role in adolescent mental health and we couldn’t have hoped for a better partnership with an organisation that is committed to supporting its membership base. We wish the McKinnon Cougars JBL and their families a wonderful and successful season and look forward to supporting the Association and its members with some quality mental health and well-being programs throughout the year”. – The Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre Team.

To learn more about Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre and their services, please visit their website:

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