Rhinos star Brad Dwyer shows his support for Foundation’s Offload programme ahead of Men’s Health Week 2021

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

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 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.

And during this Men’s Health Week– which aims to raise awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately- the Foundation are encouraging men more across the city to get involved with Offload and look after their mental wellbeing, which is crucial in these uncertain and challenging times.

The initiative 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 the Foundation’s Offload programmes.

Click below to watch when Brad visited Emerald Headingley Stadium to find out more about Offload:

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 men’s mental fitness programme
  • New Wortley Community Centre, 40 Tong Rd, Armley, Leeds LS12 1LZ- 3-4:30pm 
  • East Leeds ARLFC, 81 Easy Road, Leeds, LS9 8QS- 6:30-8pm 
  • Every Monday for 10 weeks starting 7th June
  • Open to all men aged 16+

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 with no obligation.

To book your place on one of our Offload programmes, please contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org