About Tackle Your Feelings

Tackle Your Feelings is a free mental health training program for community football players and coaches, as well as committee members, umpires and other club support staff.

The program was formed by the AFL Coaches Association, AFL Players’ Association and Zurich Insurance in 2018.

The program is delivered by a local psychologist and aims to help participants gain the tools to Understand, Recognise and Respond to signs of mental ill-health in their players.

The program is based on the education delivered to the AFL industry, and is led by high profile player and coach ambassadors.

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What does the Tackle Your Feelings training involve?

90-minute workshop with a psychologist

Online learning

Resources and rewards

What we've achieved so far

In 2023, the Tackle Your Feelings program was delivered to more than 3000 participants from 180 clubs via 156 workshops across Australia.

This spread across the country was enabled by 20 partnerships with state bodies, community leagues, AFL clubs and regional sports assemblies (rural Victoria). A highlight of 2023, was a visit to the Western Australia wheatbelt. 

An important evolution of the program throughout 2022, was the development of a pilot program exclusively for senior players to complement the offering for coaches, committee members and club support staff and we saw 29 senior player workshops delivered in 2023. The players program was evaluated by Monash University.

Since its formation, the Tackle Your Feelings program has been delivered to more than 10,000 participants in every Australian state and territory, and it’s available to your club in 2024.


Free program developed specifically for community football clubs

Education delivered by an APS member, AHPRA registered local psychologist

Evaluated by Monash University

Led by high profile AFL coach and player ambassadors

Based on mental health education delivered to AFL players and coaches
A part of the AFL’s coach education journey (CoachAFL)

Additional coaching resources and TYF Rewards Program