RFL Players and Ex-Players Support

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Inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism and founded in 2000; Sporting Chance Clinic is the brainchild of former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams MBE. Based on his experience, and what he felt was lacking, Tony saw the need for a safe, dedicated environment, where sportsmen and women could receive support and counselling for the kinds of destructive behaviour patterns that exist in the world of competitive sport, but that are often denied.

“Sporting Chance has worked closely with more than 50 current or retired professional Rugby League players over the last two years and can provide confidential assistance with depression, anxiety, bereavement, emotional issues (such as the impact of retiring, concerns over contract renewals or performance) or any form of addiction (prescription or social drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc). Whilst Sporting Chance has a residential clinic which has been used by some players, the majority of Rugby League players use the network of Sporting Chance counsellors for one to one meetings and can continue playing or working whilst receiving effective help.”

Email info@sportingchanceclinic.com

Telephone 0870 2200714

E-mail Colin Bland (CEO and Head Counsellor) on colinfbland@sportingchanceclinic.com


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The Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund welcomes genuine supporters of the game to the new, purpose built, independent website. This innovative website hopes to provide a variety of news and features dealing with all aspects of the charity from fundraising to articles about specific Rugby League injuries. We hope to give an insight into the workings of the organisation and how individuals might help.

The website will be updated weekly and regards itself as an important messenger of the RFL Benevolent Fund. As a user of the website please get involved and be part of the Rugby League family in supporting those who might need us most.

Though the tough physical nature of Rugby League is one of the things fans love about the game, it unfortunately means that, on occasion, serious life changing accidents can occur. While these are thankfully rare, the effect on the individuals concerned is devastating. The Rugby League Benevolent Fund was established to help players who suffer such injuries. This short film gives a brief insight into the work of the Fund, with contributions from the trustees and beneficiaries, including Pete Stephenson, John Burke, Jimmy Gittins and Paul Kilbride

Steve Ball 07771 732326



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RFL Operations Director Emma Rosewarne

Emma is the Operations Director at the RFL and is the first person to contact regarding any player welfare issues. The RFL’s welfare package include a free career coaching service, education and/or training grants, financial advice and assistance with contractual or other club disputes.”

07850 483736


RFL Confidential Helpline Performance Healthcare

0844 8006873


Rugby League Cares

Rugby League Cares is the sports new charity dedicated to supporting the Rugby League family and its local communities. Our mission is to enhance and enrich people’s lives through the power and positive influence of Rugby League.Rugby League cares logo

Rugby League Cares supports Rugby League’s broad community – Past, Present & Future:

Past: Celebrating and protecting Rugby League’s heritage and traditions.

Present: Helping to take care of members of the Rugby League family, especially in times of hardship and distress.

Future: Securing the future by funding, and supporting projects at the grassroots of the game.