Men's health in focus at touch league launch

Issue 372

Dewsbury Celtic have teamed up with Leeds Metropolitan University and the Regional Public Health Group to use its second Senior Touch Rugby competition as a promotional event for the successful Tackling Mens Health campaign.

The campaign, which brings together sport and health in community settings to encourage men to be more selfaware about their health status, has already reached over 100,000 fans, culminating in activities at the final of the Carnegie Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium last August.

The nineaside over33s competition kicks off at Crow Nest Park on Friday May 29 (6.30pm) and will feature four 40minute games between eight teams, including defending champions Staincliffe, Dewsbury Celtic, Dewsbury Moor, Batley Victoria, Shaws, Shamrocks, Drighlington and Thornhill.

The sides will do battle for seven weeks with the tournament reaching a climax at a finals night on July 17. The league will also help to raise money for Celtics junior facility fund.

The tournament backers will be present at three rounds of the competition to distribute copies of their Mens Fitness Handbook and other educational materials.

Chris Hudson from the Faculty of Health at Leeds Metropolitan University explained the reason for the partnership: Working with the Touch League in Dewsbury provides a great way to communicate with men of all ages and motivate them, their friends and families to make improvements to their lifestyles.

Being active as one gets older is difficult with the commitments of work and family to juggle and the touch league is a wonderful way to rekindle the love for playing the game of rugby league that the players previously had in their younger days!

Celtic vicechairman Francis Cummins explained the relevance of the campaign to Celtic and the wider rugby league community in the area. The window for playing rugby league at all levels is getting smaller and smaller as the demands on the body and fitness levels are always growing, he said. We want to ensure that our senior players maintain an involvement in the game and that rugby league is seen as an appropriate medium for men in their thirties and beyond to remain fit and healthy.

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