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.
We will also be running our first cohort aimed at women in January 2022.
You can see which cohorts are open to booking by clicking HERE
SESSIONS ABLE TO STILL GO AHEAD IN A COVID SAFE ENVIRONMENT
‘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.
Funding Raising events and Amounts:
• It’s a Knockout – Raised £500 for the Prince of Wales Hospice
• Donated £50 to the Rob Burrows Fund (MND)
• Donated £100 of Food to the Featherstone Food Bank
• Bought 2 Bricks for the Centenary wall at Featherstone Rovers £300
• Donated £275 to Featherstone Rovers Squad Builder
• Donated £50 to Tosh and Sharon Langbridge
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 6.15pm till 7.30pm in the centre of excellence at Featherstone Rovers, please contact email@example.com for more information.
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm