Over the course of the 10-week ‘season of fixtures’, men build their own mental fitness, whilst having fun, in a relaxed atmosphere and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.
After the 10 fixtures, each club Foundation invites men to be a full member of the Foundation squad; offering men a whole range of options from physical activity sessions, to heritage work and volunteering opportunities.
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‘Offload’ is a health and wellbeing project funded by Coalfield Regeneration Trust and in partnership with RL Cares. The project will help to challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and is already receiving widespread acclaim for its work in the North West. Featherstone Rovers Foundation will now work in partnership with Rugby League Cares to deliver the project in Featherstone, West Yorkshire.
Men are invited to come behind the scenes of their home team and find out how players, coaches and referees stay mentally strong as well as physically fit. Offload is open to all men aged 16 and over. Men will meet and talk with current and former professional players to learn techniques that Rugby League clubs use to manage the mental and physical fitness of players.
Mental illness, often through depression, is the leading cause of disability in the UK and costs the economy over £70 billion per year. Almost one in 10 men will suffer from depression at some point in their lives.
Current and former Rugby League stars Keith Senior, Lee Crooks and Shaun Lunt lead the first Offload session at Featherstone Nov 2020
Back Onside is an exciting health and wellbeing programme, run by Rugby League Cares, in partnership with the Featherstone Rovers Foundation and is designed to encourage Men to get back to enjoying exercise, through the support of current Rovers first team player Jack Bussey.
Men who sign up to the National Lottery-funded, Sport England initiative will be involved in 10 weekly fixtures lasting 90 minutes each that focus on multi-sports activities, including rugby and football, as well as team-building exercises. Designed and delivered by current and former players, Back Onside is predominantly aimed at men aged 35-64, however it is open to all age groups and fitness levels and is free to join.
Over the course of the 10 fixtures, men will be given tools and techniques by current and former professionals to help build a positive mindset towards exercise, while having fun in a relaxed atmosphere and help all men involved achieve their fitness goals, whatever they may be. Men will also be supported in their goals with out of session resources that supplement each of the 10 fixtures.
After the 10 fixtures, everyone on the programme will be invited into other established programmes within each club foundation; these offer men a whole range of options including health and nutrition sessions, weight management and touch rugby sessions to help men achieve the goal of feeling happier and healthier, and the opportunity to stay engaged with their club in various capacities.
Sessions take place on Wednesday nights between 6:30pm and 8pm at the Featherstone Rovers Centre of Excellence for information on when the next ten week cohort starts please contact Community Development Officer Paul March at firstname.lastname@example.org
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm