Rugby League stars set to visit UCLan

UCLan State of Mind flyer. updated

UCLan is set to welcome a host of sporting stars this week to raise awareness of mental health issues in sport.

In conjunction with the mental health charity State Of Mind (SOM), UCLan are providing an event aimed at students undertaking both coaching and sports therapy programmes.

The event will feature Rugby League stars Danny Sculthorpe, Jimmy Gittins, Terry O’Connor and Brian Carney, as well as former professional footballer Adam Brownigg, and UCLan sports graduate and unbeaten boxer Adam Little.

Established three years ago following the tragic death by suicide of former Wigan and Great Britain player Terry Newton, SOM aim to increase an understanding in coping with stress related issues and how it can be sustained within sport.

For the past 3 years, State of Mind has had a dedicated weekend round of fixtures in Rugby League and is regarded as a great model for other sports to follow.

The Co-Founder of SOM and also an ambassador for the University, Malcolm Rae says he is keen to hear student views with how to combat stress in Sport.

“We aim to raise awareness of mental fitness and promote resilience, tackle stigma and signpost to too where help is available.

“Over 2500 people have received awareness training, and we are keen to hear what would enhance current programmes relating to coping with stress, and improving self-esteem.”

The event will take place in Greenbank on the 26th February 12-4pm. It is a free event and all are welcome. To book a place please contact or

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