‘It’s inspirational to hear other’s stories’
A WIDNES Vikings programme which uses rugby league to help men build their mental fitness has been praised by a participant.
Offload is a free weekly initiative delivered in partnership with the independent charity Rugby League Cares.
Participants have the opportunity to learn from former players, coaches and referees, on how to manage stress and stay mentally resilient.
Andy McLain, a regular attendee, has praised its impact in engaging men and breaking stigma.
He said: “Men, being men, don’t like to talk about problems and keep things bottled up.
“But you come to programmes like this, you’re able to talk to other people who have suffered mental health challenges.
“It’s great to have heard from rugby players, who pass their experience on to help others deal with ● stressful situations in everyday life.”
At Offload, guest speakers from the world of rugby league openly tell their stories to connect with participants.
Andy said: “Danny Sculthorpe’s was a really good and informative session.
“He speaks from the heart.
“It was inspirational to hear how he overcame the challenges he experienced through having to retire early through injuries.”
Offload is free, inclusive and open to all, and Andy hopes that others will join.
He added: “I would recommend it to anybody.
“There are lots of people here and a good mix characters. You find as the weeks go on, you get to know everyone and have a bit of banter.”
Offload participant Andy McLain