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#BlokesUnited to partner with Hull’s Rugby League clubs

#BlokesUnited has launched a ground breaking partnership with the Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust and the Hull FC Community Foundation to help reduce the amount of men in Hull and East Riding who are committing suicide.

#BlokesUnited, which was set up by Hornsea vicar Reverend Phil Lamb in partnership with the East Riding Football Association last year, brings together men from all walks of life and encourages them to talk about their issues, with both rugby league clubs delivering turn up and play touch rugby sessions and male-only support groups in the coming weeks.

With four out of five suicides being male and suicide being the biggest cause of deaths in men aged 35 and under #BlokesUnited aims to reduce these startling statistics by providing support and assistance in a manner that men can relate to. Group sessions are typically positive with great effort put into recreating the dressing room atmosphere that many men yearn for.

Helen Schofield, from Hull KR's Community Trust, said: "It's a fantastic project and one that we really wanted to get engaged with as soon as the opportunity came up.

"We're really looking forward to the start of the sessions and I suspect they will continue for as long as there is a demand for them."

The first touch rugby session as part of the #BlokesUnited project will take place at the Lightstream Stadium on Saturday, 21st January from 10am to 11am. The first support group session will take place at the ground on Thursday, 26th January at 7.30pm.

The sessions are available free of charge and men of all ages are welcome to turn up with no pressure or questions asked. Those taking part can also opt to remain anonymous if they wish.

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