Offload is a men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project run by RL Cares in partnership with State of Mind and the club foundations at Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and St Helens. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Offload is helping challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and is already receiving widespread acclaim for its work.
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.
Designed and delivered with the help of State of Mind and other agencies, Offload is open to all men aged 16 and over. Men 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.
Over the course of the 10-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 10 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.