Rugby League Cares is delighted to announce that Offload, its hugely successful men’s mental fitness programme, is coming to Halifax from Wednesday 19th May.

Offload is already being delivered at six professional Rugby League clubs, Featherstone Rovers, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings who will be joined by Bradford Bulls, Halifax Panthers and Huddersfield Giants.

The programme is a free 10-week course of one-hour fixtures designed to equip men with the skills, tools and techniques needed to manage their own mental health and provide help for others.

Offload fixtures usually take place at the host club’s stadium and are led by former Rugby League players, who share their own life experiences in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and other challenging situations.

The presenters include ex-internationals Keith Senior, Lee Crooks, Paul Wood, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Johnny Lawless, Shaun Lunt, Paul Broadbent and Kevin Larroyer.

RL Cares Head of Community Emma Goldsmith said: “We are thrilled that Bradford Bulls, Halifax Panthers and Huddersfield Giants have joined the expanding Offload family and are looking forward to enhancing the lives of men across Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

“Offload is proven to work: since 2017, more than 2,500 men have taken part in Offload and taken away lots of advice and insights that have helped turn their lives around.

“Offload has a fantastic ability to not just change lives, but to save lives as well. The fixtures are a great way for men who may be struggling, or who know someone who is having a tough time, to tackle sensitive issues in an engaging, fun and confidential way.”

The delivery of Offload in Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield has been made possible with support from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Chris Mitchell, Project Leader at Halifax Panthers Foundation, said: “We’re looking forward to working with RL Cares to deliver this fantastic programme to men in Halifax and across Calderdale.”

“Our involvement in Offload builds on the success we had with Back Onside, which helped men tackle their physical health.  It’s just as important for everyone to look after their mental fitness and Offload has an important part to play in that.”

For more information on Offload and Rugby League Cares, including contact details for Offload at Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield, please visit HERE

For more information about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, please visit HERE

To see what Offload is all about watch HERE


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