Rugby League World Cup 2021 partners with Mental Health UK to help support young players

Rugby League World Cup 2021 underlines its commitment to its communities by establishing unique partnerships with Rugby League Cares and Mental Health UK to deliver impactful campaigns to improve mental fitness and help encourage conversations around mental health.

September 10 is recognised globally as ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’, and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ and education on mental fitness will be the focus of Rugby League World Cup 2021 efforts as the tournament seeks to work together along with its mental health partners to offer assistance and guidance to those in need in these uncertain times.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 are work closely with Rugby League Cares, Mental Health UK, as well as existing partner Movember to deliver impactful campaigns to improve mental fitness and help encourage conversations around mental health.

In the lead up to the tournament, Mental Health UK will work with Rugby League World Cup 2021 and Rugby League Cares to deliver our Your Resilience young people’s programme which is aimed at 14-18-year olds in elite sports performance pathways. The programme will be delivered to Rugby League men’s professional clubs’ scholarships (14-16-year olds) and academies (16-18-year olds). Information can be found here.

Mental Health UK began engaging with the player welfare managers of all the professional clubs with academies and scholarships last month and in response to interest will begin with follow up workshops at Huddersfield (September 14) and Castleford (October 5).

Tracy Power, Rugby League World Cup 2021 Legacy Director, said: “The partnership with Mental Health UK underlines our commitment to reach as many different people who need support, especially in these trying and difficult times.

“We applaud Huddersfield and Castleford for being so proactive in this area and I am sure a lot of other clubs will follow their lead in the weeks and months ahead. We’re currently working with Mental Health UK and Rugby Football League on how we can incorporate into the Women’s DISE programme to ensure female players also benefit from this support.

“We are excited to bring these initiatives to life and continue our promise to have a widespread and positive impact on Rugby League communities across the country.”

Kaite Legg, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Mental Health UK, said: “Mental Health UK is delighted to partner with the Rugby League World Cup to deliver our ‘Your Resilience’ programme to the next generation of talent coming through the game.

“Working with the clubs’ coaches and wellbeing managers, this initiative will provide young players with the tools and techniques to build their resilience both on and off the field, and to encourage conversations around mental health. Our partnership reinforces how mental and physical wellbeing go hand in hand, and building resilience is crucial for high-performing teams and the communities that support them. Working together, we will make sure mental health is part of the conversation at the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and set a positive example to the players and fans of the future.”

Mental Health UK brings together four national mental health charities working across the country: Hafal (Wales), Rethink Mental Illness (England), Support in Mind Scotland, and MindWise (Northern Ireland).