Pioneering training in mental health awareness for rugby league community clubs

Leeds RL Community Club Ambassadors at Mental Health First Aiders Training

The first ever evening of training for Rugby League Club Ambassadors was held last week to become Mental Health First Aiders.

The informative evening was run by Martyn Coyd who sits on RFL Community Board, and the programme was supported by Rugby League Cares, State of Mind and facilitated by Leeds Rugby Foundation at the Leeds Rugby Academy in Kirkstall.

The objective of the night was to encourage club ambassadors to be aware of mental health issues in their clubs and signpost people to receive appropriate support.  It proved to be a very successful session with a large number of the club ambassadors learning about the conditions and how to provide the relevant guidance.  The trial-blazing course wasn't just classroom based but involved interactive group activities to allow the participants to gain indepth understanding.  

“The evening was a great success, I would like to thank Martin Coyd for running the course and his time, and all the participants for attending.  We do hope we can run more training sessions in the future, and if you are interested please get in contact with me.” said Sarah Clough, Women's and Girl's Development Officer. 

For further information please email Sarah at