Over the course of the 6-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 6 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.
You can see which cohorts are open to booking by clicking HERE
‘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.
Our back on side project has been running for about 4 years now and the project was first set up to support men over 35 to get back into some kind of fitness. The sessions are planned around fun skill games, weights, as well as touching on mental health and some weight management.
We have around 30 members who attend regularly, with an age range from 35 up to 75. In addition to attending these sessions, the men over the years have done plenty of fundraising to help local charities.
Terry who attends Back on side and is a Volunteer for the Foundation said, “when it first started, I thought the project would just get be back into shape after not training for a long period of time, but once I started to attend it was more than just training. We learnt things about Mental Health and Nutrition. The lads are great, and we spend a lot of time together away from the sessions, we all want the same things: to get fit, have fun and support our club and community anyway we can.”
If anyone is interested in joining Back onside the sessions run on a Tuesday evening 6.00pm till 7.00pm in the centre of excellence at Featherstone Rovers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Family Fun is a free to attend project for families and parents with children under 13.
The project, ran in partnership with Wakefield Families together, focuses on getting families to spend time together learning ways to stay healthy and having fun while doing it. Attendees to the project are also given information and resources on what their local family hubs are, the support they offer and how to access it.
Family Fun currently runs Mondays, 5pm - 6:30pm.
You can check if we have a deployment of family fun running on our bookings page.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm