Who’s involved?

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

RL Cares’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, the Select Security Stadium, home of Widnes Vikings, the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens, Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds and Millennium Stadium, Featherstone.

Every Offload fixture is a home fixture!

The 10 fixtures 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.