FREE 10-week men's mental health course with Bradford Bulls

Offload

Led by former Rugby League players, Offload 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.

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Offload is led by former Rugby League players, who share their own life experiences in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and other challenging situations.

The Bradford Bulls Foundation's Offload project, in partnership with RL Cares, gives men the chance to learn techniques clubs use to manage players' mental and physical fitness.

Offload is open to all men aged 16 and over. Men can 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.

Paul Mitchell, Head of Foundation at the Bradford Bulls Foundation, said: "Many, many people are struggling with the pressures of Covid and more will do so in the aftermath.  Mental fitness has always been critical but now, more than ever, we need to do as much as we can to provide support to those who need it.

"Whether you're struggling due to unemployment, lack of social contact or financial problems, or just need an outlet beyond the four walls at home, we're here for you.  The Bulls Foundation is proud to support the wellbeing of the people of Bradford through our delivery of the fantastic Offload programme.

"We hope to make a positive difference for the men who take part and we will provide long term support for their overall fitness and wellbeing."

For more information on Offload and Rugby League Cares, including contact details for Offload at Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield, please visit www.rugbyleaguecares.org/offload

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