Who’s involved?

The Offload programme has been devised by RL Cares in consultation with State of Mind and other agencies who have specific expertise in the field of men’s health and wellbeing.

State of Mind’s success in raising awareness of mental health issues, together with the ability of Super League club foundations to connect with their local communities, make for a powerful partnership.

Fixtures are delivered at a local level at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, The Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington and the Select Security Stadium, home of Widnes Vikings.

The 10 sessions involve presentations from individuals with a wealth of experience in coping with pressure, stress and mentally challenging situations, including former and current players, coaches and officials, as well as medical experts.

Throughout the fixtures, which begin with an induction process that all players go through when they join a new club, participants learn many of the techniques used by sports professional to develop good mental fitness, including how to cope under pressure and developing a positive mindset.

The sessions use a lot of sporting analogies and much of what is discussed has its basis in what takes place within a Rugby League club, which makes it perfect for fans to relate to.