Offload helps tackle mental fitness in the workplace

Offload helps tackle mental fitness in the workplace

Rugby League Cares is working in partnership with major businesses across the UK to tackle men’s health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The charity’s hugely successful Offload project is now being delivered by former Rugby League players and officials in the corporate sector, helping employees build their own mental fitness and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations.

Offload has already made a positive difference to the lives of over 1,000 men since the initiative was launched 18 months ago at Super League clubs Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings.

At Offload ‘fixtures’, ex-players, referees and health experts relate their own stories of how they survived and thrived in the high pressure, stressful and mentally challenging world of professional sport.

Many of the men who have attended Offload ‘fixtures’ have gone on to relay the success of the initiative to their colleagues and employers, prompting the expansion of a programme which was formulated by Rugby League Cares with support from State of Mind and health practitioners.

The Head of Rugby League Cares Chris Rostron said: “It’s fantastic that major corporations are recognising the work we do and are now asking us to take Offload into their places of work to help their employees.

“We are currently delivering Offload sessions to the staff from two well-known national companies and it’s already clear that the power of sport is far-reaching.

“The experience of our presenters is helping staff build resilience, find a good work-life balance, challenge negative thinking and develop coping strategies for the pressures they face, both at work and at home.”

Offload fixtures in the workplace last between 40 and 80 minutes and are run in sets of six, tailored to each company’s needs.

Independent evaluation of the Offload project by Edge Hill University has demonstrated that 95 per cent of participants are more aware of how to look after their mental fitness; 89 per cent are more able to cope with everyday life; 86 per cent feel more motivated within their home and work lives; and 86 per cent are more able to manage setbacks and handle challenges.”

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