NHS Trust on the ball with Castleford Tigers

Occupational therapy student Yolande Brook, Ryan Cockerham, Castleford Tigers' Paul Dooley, occupational therapist Antony Pickering and Chris Rowe.

Occupational therapy student Yolande Brook, Ryan Cockerham, Castleford Tigers' Paul Dooley, occupational therapist Antony Pickering and Chris Rowe.

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Castleford Tigers have teamed up with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to help boost the health and wellbeing of service users at two of its low secure inpatient units at Fieldhead, Wakefield.

Newhaven is a low secure rehabilitation service for adults with learning disabilities and the Bretton Centre provides care for men with severe mental health conditions who require care under low secure conditions. As part of their recovery activities are planned for residents and after one service user expressed a passion for rugby, staff teamed up with the Tigers to start a group.

Professional community development coaches from the Tigers Trust, the registered charity of Castleford Tigers, have been invited to provide a series of six sessions, to teach and develop rugby skills to service users on the unit.

Alex Green, Tigers community manager, said: “We are delighted to join forces with the Trust to introduce its service users to the game of rugby league.

“Our aim is to improve not only the physical health of the participants but also their social and emotional wellbeing.

“By the end of the six sessions we’re confident the attendees will have started to feel fitter, with increased confidence, motivation and self esteem.

“We hope that this is just the beginning of their involvement in playing rugby league and supporting Castleford Tigers.”

David Ogden, head occupational therapist, said: “At Newhaven we are always looking for different activities that can motivate and engage residents. The rugby sessions will give them the chance to try their hand at brand new activities and learn new skills or develop existing ones.

“It’s great that we are able to work in partnership with a local club, that is supported by a number of lads on the unit, and deliver new opportunities.”