Huddersfield Giants Community Trust in partnership with Rugby League Cares offers the acclaimed project which allows men to engage with current and former players to learn the techniques clubs use to manage players’ mental and physical fitness.
The project is helping challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and is already receiving widespread acclaim for its work.
Almost one in 10 men will suffer from depression at some point in their lives. Men account for 75% of suicides in the UK, the biggest cause of death for men under 50 and a leading cause of death in young men in England. Yet only 36% of people referred to psychological therapies in the UK are male.
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.
Men are invited behind the scenes of their home Rugby team, to meet and talk with current and former professional players to learn techniques that Rugby League Clubs use to manage mental as well as physical fitness of their 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.
Squad members can participate in fixtures as often or as little as they feel comfortable with. The fixtures are delivered in a ‘no-pressure’ situation and all information shared at fixtures is treated in strictest confidence.
Ambassador of Offload Huddersfield, and GiantsRL back row forward Kenny Edwards has spoken about his own battles in life from a young age and how he has managed to overcome them. Now the Giants star wants to help others over overcome their demons and improve mental fitness by supporting Offload Huddersfield as an ambassador.
Offload donations page: https://www.justgiving.com/rugbyleaguecares
For further information please email Head of Sport Dan Wilczynski, Dan@hgct.co.uk.
To book onto the block of fixtures starting Wednesday, 21st July 2021 please click HERE
Great relationships with the children which promote mutual respect, clear boundaries and great behaviour for learning. Clear structure to the lessons with appropriate teaching points, plenary and vocabulary. I can see clear progress in terms of skills, techniques, confidence and understanding. Acts on feedback throughout the lesson from me and his own formative assessment.
Dan Gough, Heaton Avenue
PE lessons and support in PE lessons are great! Children are enjoying lunchtime clubs. Good relationships with children - building relationships. Sharing tickets to the rugby games with the children and encouraging them to try to watch different sports. The sessions during the breakfast club are extremely engaging and the majority of children who chose to go outside to take part in Jordan’s sessions they are also very fun based and extremely inclusive so all abilities can take part successfully., Jordan is always punctual and is pleasant with the children.
Tracey Dell, Head Teacher, Crossley Fields Junior and Infants School
Becky is amazing her delivery is great. She has a great rapport with the children. Her sessions are engaging and fun and she's teaching my staff a thing or two about sports delivery. All in all, we could not be happier.
Louise Brown, Head Teacher, Headfield Juniors
Rebecca has been brilliant in school. Her management in club time is fantastic and coping with Autistic and ADHD children in sessions as well. Her planning, activity organisation and management, as well as knowledge of the children, and rapport with everyone has been so professional we couldn't have asked for more. The children have really enjoyed all the sessions.
Debbie Douglas, Head Teacher, Saville Town
The sessions so far have been really good and exciting. Teaching staff have mentioned how engaged the children are and how happy they have been the way the lessons have been delivered. The school has been happy with the confidence of the person delivering the lessons as well as their knowledge and professionalism. It has helped teachers working alongside to gain ideas and development in their own practice. Overall the school has been very happy with the delivery of the sessions as well as the person (Jordan) delivering them. Thank You!
Nadeem Sarwar, PE Coordinator Spring Grove
Duane was brilliant, the children loved the sessions, as did the teachers he worked with. One teacher said, "I now feel skilled enough to deliver rugby to my class." The sessions were pitched at the correct level for different ages and the pace and behaviour management were excellent. Here's to next years sessions!
Dave Spencer, Hillside Primary School
James is doing an amazing job at Bruntcliffe. He teaches four very different groups throughout the day and is adaptable in his teaching. He has fit in with the team very well and the students are responding very well to his teaching.
Chris Lindley, Head of Physical Education, Bruntcliffe Academy
Duane's delivery of Sky Try Rugby was fantastic. The children left with a wealth of knowledge on the sport - the have even practised what they have learnt in the playground too. His behaviour management was fantastic and the children responded well to everything he taught. Each one of them made a progression each week. Overall it was loved by all children! We would love it if you could come back again next year!
Miss M Brook, Teacher, Berry Brow