The Rugby League World Cup 2021 has become the first major international sporting event to launch a mental fitness charter.
Tournament organisers have made a commitment that by the final game of the tournament, it will have trained every player, team official, match official, team-mate and volunteer to look after their own mental fitness and that of those around them.
RLWC2021 will also teach young people about the importance of looking after their own mental fitness and deliver awareness-raising workshops to 8,000 young rugby league players and their parents and families.
At a grass roots level, coaches will be trained to continue to deliver mental fitness workshops to ensure a sustainable tournament legacy.
#RLWC2021 are proud to become the first global sporting tournament to launch a Mental Fitness Charter.
Find out what the initiative includes and what RFL Patron, HRH, The Duke of Sussex, has to say on the charter ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/2TlYJPNWyi
— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) January 16, 2020
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, said: “Rugby League isn’t just a sport, it’s a community, and one that takes care of its own.
“For many years, it has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting good mental fitness, working hard to build a positive mindset for everyone involved in the sport.
“So, I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 mental fitness charter.
“This charter will build on the brilliant work already happening in rugby league by committing to training and educating all those involved in the tournament, and the wider rugby league family, not only in how they can look after their own mental fitness but also support others to do the same.”