Imagine 60 sportsmen being encouraged to express their emotions and explore their expectations of masculinity.

That’s what happened when we took the ‘Tomorrow Man’ program powered by the Gotcha4Life Foundation into Warringah Cricket Club- and the cricketers loved it!

Sporting groups can be bastions of masculinity. They’re organisations where men are men and competition is fierce. But that’s not always the best environment for male mental health, as members strive to conform to unrealistic stereotypes.

Tomorrow Man is all about ‘Re-writing the Man Code’ which allowed the cricketers to explore their experience of masculinity and reveal the secret lives of men through talking honestly.

‘Tomorrow Man’ Facilitator Zac says we know what courage looks like on the field, but asks if we are as clear about what courage looks like in real life.

“Boys and men need innovative training grounds to build emotional muscle,” he says. “They need to learn to talk with gravity and give their mates the space to talk openly and honestly about their lives.”

And the sessions were a hit!

Player Chris says it was an incredible experience that really hit home. “Zac did a fantastic job of making the boys feel comfortable to open up in a supportive space,” he says. “Tough to find the right words to describe the night but some that come to mind are vital, productive and emotional. Such a great thing you’re doing.”

Meanwhile, club official Sam, also had great things to say.

“Zac is an absolute champion. He was amazing in the way he was speaking to the boys and getting through to us about what being a man really is. It’s such a great thing you’re doing and I know for a fact lives were changed and people are feeling a lot better within themselves after the event. So again, a big thank you from myself and the Manly boys.”

Gotcha4Life aims to reach out to Australia’s 1.4 million school-aged boys, so the next generation of Australian men know it’s OK to talk about their feelings.

It’s anticipated encouraging better communication will result in saving the lives of Australian men.