Rugby League Cares
Rugby League Cares is an independent charity that plays an important role in the field of player welfare: it supports players at the end of their careers when they make the transition to life after rugby, providing education and training grants that will equip them with the skills and qualifications they need for the next stage of their lives.
The charity is also there for current and former players who are enduring poor health or hardship by offering practical and financial support.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects around the world.
In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives. The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. To donate or learn more, please click the "Find out More" button below.
Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and live their lives to the full, and Super League are committed to helping them achieve this vision. Stonewall see the impact of their programmes in the LGBTQ+ community, enabling people to feel proud, valued, included, and able to thrive while championing their rights.
The Rainbow Laces campaign launched in 2013, and since then more than a million LGBTQ+ people and allies have laced up to make sport everyone’s game. Rugby League joins other sport bodies from Premier League to community cricket clubs in working towards making LGBTQ+ inclusion is a reality on all playing fields.
Offload is a Big Lottery funded initiative, offering fun, fresh and effective mental fitness support for men in deprived areas. Together, experts in men’s health, Rugby Players, coaches, fans and clinicians have come together to devise a mental fitness programme which has been tailored and adapted to engage and support men.
Offload is a 10-fixture programme, designed to prevent mental health problems, support men to look after their own mindsets and recognise when they or others require further support. Each of the 10 fixtures hands power back to men, giving them, evidence based tools and techniques to practice and embed within their daily lives. Fixtures topics include; 5 ways to wellbeing, mindfulness, stress management, emotional resilience, problem solving, goal setting, challenging negative thinking, resilience, anger management, work life balance and others.
Community Integrated Care
Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities, supporting over 3500 people who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health concerns and dementia across England and Scotland.
The charity has developed several pioneering sports and social care programmes, that have been recognised at the National Dementia Care Awards, 3rd Sector Care Awards and the Great British Care Awards. Most recently, the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League was named the ‘most effective collaborative approach to new models of care’ at the Skills for Care Awards.
Later in the season there will be a full round dedicated to our official social care partners, recognising and celebrating the magnitude of their collaborative work with Rugby League.
Back Onside is an exciting health and wellbeing programme, run by Rugby League Cares, in partnership with Elite Coaching and 11 club foundations and is designed to encourage Men to get back to enjoying exercise, through the support of current and former players.
Men who sign up to the National Lottery-funded, Sport England initiative will be involved in 10 weekly fixtures lasting 60 to 90 minutes each that focus on multi-sports activities, including rugby and football, as well as team-building exercises.
Ahead of the Game
Movember’s Ahead of The Game is a series of mental fitness workshops which have been proven to increase mental health literacy and boost resilience in athletes who take part.
As part of Rugby League World Cup 2021’s legacy programme, Movember and player welfare charity Rugby League Cares will be offering mental fitness training to all participating teams, support staff and tournament volunteers.
The official partnership with the RLWC 2021 tournament - the first ever international sporting event to have a mental health charter - will also deliver Ahead of The Game workshops to 8,000 teenagers in community clubs across RLWC2021’s host cities, as well as their parents and rugby league coaches.
During the two-hour workshops, participants learn how to identify signs of anxiety, depression and low mood in themselves and others. Parents and sports coaches are taught how to distinguish between potential problems and normal teenage behaviour.
Working with Rugby League Cares, the programme will be delivered by a squad of professional and former professional players including New Zealand’s Robbie Hunter-Paul, England’s Keith Senior and Shaun Lunt.