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Offload has been nominated for the prestigious Royal Society of Public Health’s Health and Wellbeing Awards 2018, within the Public Mental Health and Wellbeing category.
This shortlist recognises the work Offload has been doing since April 2017.
Offload, run by Rugby League Cares in partnership with State of Mind, Salford Red Devils Foundation, Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves Foundation, is a free programme for men who feel they are currently facing some challenges regarding their mental fitness.
Men come along every week and listen to former players talk about their own experiences of any mental fitness challenges they faced, on and off the pitch. Each fixture is fun and banter filled, yet really helps men get to grips with any struggles or worries they have and learn new practical tools and techniques of how to handle the tough times.
RL Cares Health Programme Manager Emma Goldsmith said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for such a fantastic and influential award.
“Our nomination recognises what an incredibly job all our Offload presenters and our partner Foundations deliver in Rugby League communities. This programme really is changing, and in some cases, saving lives and the team deserve great credit for that.”
The winners will be revealed at the Royal Society Public Health Gala Dinner on Thursday October 18 at the East Wintergarden in London. The ceremony will be jointly hosted by RSPH Vice President, Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky, with entertainment from Breathe Arts and The Fizz (the band formerly known as Bucks Fizz).