26 November 2018

Following on from supporting Movember UK, Xtra Mile Marketing have teamed up with Rugby League Cares to help promote the charity’s mental health and wellbeing project, Offload, in workplaces across the UK.

Offload harnesses the power of sport to tackle health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, and has so far transformed the lives of over 1,000 men.

While British industry has made some strides when it comes to employee wellbeing, the latest figures show that three out of five workers (61 per cent) have experienced mental health issues due to work, or where work was a related factor. This is having a detrimental impact on productivity and output for all businesses.

Offload has been designed in partnership with State of Mind and gives companies a means to tackle these important issues by working with staff and management to develop the coping strategies they need to remain healthy, both in the workplace and at home.

Offload provides employees with a unique opportunity to join forces with former professional sportsmen and officials to learn how they managed the pressure of elite performance and everyday demands of life.

Participants discover how former athletes coped with criticism, bounced back from injury, managed life in the public eye and what happened when the time came to hang up their boots.

Most importantly, Offload helps employees learn the same skills that elite performers use to help them build their own mental fitness and a winning mindset with the goal of improving their lives and productivity.


Find out more about Offload


What is Offload?

Offload is an innovative mental fitness programme designed to support your workforce to embed the self-care tools and techniques they require to remain mentally fit and well at work.

The programme leverages the power of sport, and the true stories of former professional rugby league professionals, to cover topics including:

  • Maintaining Mental Fitness

  • Coping and Managing

  • Stress Management 

  • Building Resilience

  • Mindfulness

  • Life Balance

  • Anger Management

  • Emotional Intelligence


How does it work?

Offload will bring a set of six ‘fixtures’ onsite into your workplace. Each fixture is presented by a different former athlete and lasts between 40 and 80 minutes.

Within each fixture, employees listen to the former athlete’s personal story and then be given practical, evidence-based tools that they can take home and practice to help them to remain mentally well at work and understand how to cope with any mental health challenges they may face now or in the future.


Does it work?

The evidence says it does! Offload has been independently evaluated by Edge Hill University.

Following their involvement in the Offload programme, your employees will have the knowledge and skills needed to feel mentally fitter, stronger and more able to face and cope with the challenges they may face within their work or home environment.

Following Offload:

  • 95% of participants are more aware of how to look after their mental fitness
  • 89% are more able to cope with everyday life
  • 86% are more able to manage setbacks and handle challenges
  • 86% feel more motivated within their home and work lives
  • 80% feel more supported


How much does it cost?

Each programme is tailored to the needs of the specific workforce. You will also receive a personalised report on how employees within your business responded to the programme, and what outcomes they gained from the six fixtures.

The full six-fixture programme costs £3,500 (+ Vat) plus the travel expenses of our professional players. Travel expenses are worked out to be as affordable as possible and would be agreed in advance before the programme began.


Why Offload

Mental illness, often through depression, is the leading cause of disability in the UK and costs the economy over £70 billion per year. Approximately 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness every year and 3 in 5 will experience mental issues due to or relating to their place of work.

In 2013, 6,233 people in the UK took their own lives, whilst the national suicide rate was 10.7 deaths per 100,000 people. The rates were over 13 per 100,000 in many parts of the North of England in addition to the life expectancy falling two years short of the national average.

Rugby League Cares and the Offload project operates within the heart of Northern communities, many of which show statistically higher than average levels of mental illness.


If you are struggling or know someone who might need support urgently click here for extra resources from Rugby League Cares.