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 Jim Dyson at


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Next block starts Wednesday 14th August