Offload returns from July 20th

The next group of Offload fixtures will be returning to the DCBL Stadium from Tuesday 20th July, with two sessions taking place each week.

The usual two 45-minute sessions will run from 6:30pm until 8pm, as the programme returns for the latest set of fixtures.

In line with the Government Guidelines surrounding the next stage of the roadmap out of lockdown, social distancing and masks will no longer be required, however participants can wear masks if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Following the hugely successful online sessions, Offload returned to the DCBL Stadium before Christmas, with sessions taking place in Box 17 on the top floor of the South Stand.

Sessions will no longer be limited to six people, however there will still be two sessions each Tuesday – the first running from 6pm-6:30pm followed by a second session at 7pm-7:45pm.

Those wanting to join the sessions will be required to email Sean Mellor on in order to secure your place, and participants must only arrive at Main Reception five minutes before the relevant session starts.

Along with Halton Borough Council, the Vikings Sports Foundation have worked hard to ensure that Offload sessions can safely return to the Stadium.

Offload is a men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project run by RL Cares in partnership with State of Mind, along with the Vikings Sports Foundation. 

These sessions help challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, inviting participants to come behind the scenes of their home team and find out how players, coaches and referees stay mentally strong as well as physically fit.

Ultimately, Offload is aimed at improving the mental fitness of men within our local community, meaning that an interest in rugby league is not needed to attend.

Newcomers are always welcome to join to group, with a laidback and fun atmosphere welcoming those from all walks of life to share their experiences, develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.

If you would like to join the Widnes Vikings Offload Squad, book your place on our FREE sessions at the DCBL Stadium on Tuesdays (restarting 20th July) from 6pm.

Offload details

  • Participants must email to book a place at the session.
  • Session A will take place at 6pm-6:45pm with Session B taking place at 7pm-7:45pm
  • Participants can only arrive 5 mins before session is to start.
  • Wearing of facemasks is down to personal preference and will no longer be a requirement for all participants

If you’re looking for further information on the Offload programme, watch our video below.