Dwyer gives his support for Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s new Offload men’s mental fitness programme

Leeds Rhinos star Brad Dwyer has given his support to Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s ground-breaking men’s mental fitness programme ‘Offload’, which is run in partnership with Rugby League Cares at East Leeds ARLFC and New Wortley Community Club.

Offload is a free 10-week programme, which has already received much praise and allows men to engage with current and former players to learn the techniques clubs use to manage players’ mental and physical fitness.

The first cohort with Leeds Rhinos Foundation made huge progress and quickly bonded as friends, enjoying the opportunity to attend fixtures led by guest speakers including Keith Senior, Lee Crooks, Jonny Lawless and war veteran Simon Brown.

The project helps to challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and is already receiving huge praise 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.

The programme has also received the backing of rugby league players past and present including Leeds Rhinos star Brad Dwyer, who has opened up about his own battles and how he managed to overcome them, leading him to becoming an ambassador for Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Offload programme.

Offload is aimed at improving the mental fitness of men within our local community, meaning that an interest in rugby league is not needed to attend.

Programme Details:

  • Offload RL at East Leeds ARLFC
  • 81 Easy Road, Leeds, LS9 8QS
  • Starts Monday 7th June- 6:30-7:30pm

There are still spaces available on the programme and newcomers are welcome to join. All sessions take place within a COVID-safe environment and are free to attend.

To book your place on one of our upcoming Offload programmes, please contact [email protected]