#LiftTheWeight – Premiership Rugby and Premiership clubs show their support for Restart Rugby during Round 21.
The Rugby Players’ Assocation and Premiership Rugby are pleased to announce that all Round 21 matches taking place across the weekend of 28th – 30th April will be dedicated to Restart Rugby, the official charity of the RPA, and the #LiftTheWeight campaign
The ‘Restart Rugby Weekend’ aims to raise £10,000 for the charity’s work supporting current and former professional rugby players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship, whilst also raising awareness for the #LiftTheWeight campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
As part of #LiftTheWeight, Restart Rugby provides a 24-hour counselling service for players and their families when they need it most. 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year. Rugby players are no exception.
Players give their all for club and country but their lives and careers can change in a split second. When things go wrong, Restart Rugby is there to provide players and their families with financial, practical and emotional support, including help with medical treatment, rehabilitation, counselling and career transition.
Damian Hopley, Group CEO of the RPA, said: “Thanks to the support of all 12 Premiership clubs, Premiership Rugby and the wider rugby community, the Restart Rugby Weekend will once again shine a spotlight on the charity’s important work while raising vital funds to help players when they need it most.”
How you can help #LiftTheWeight?
Visit the Restart Rugby Weekend online auction to…
– Bid on fantastic signed club and England memorabilia
– Get your limited edition Restart Rugby #LiftTheWeight t-shirt as worn by the clubs in their warm ups this weekend
– Text LIFT17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.