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Spreading the mental health message at Norfolk’s Big Rugby Weekend

​Thousands of people from across Norfolk will be given the chance to find out more about the steps they can take to safeguard their mental wellbeing at a special sporting celebration taking place this weekend (6 and 7 May).

The Norfolk Big Rugby Weekend takes place at the home of Holt RFC this Saturday and Sunday, and will see teams from across the county battle it out in all of the season’s major finals.

At the same time, representatives from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Norwich Mind will also take to the pitch to contest a game of touch rugby to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your mental, as well as physical, health. The mixed teams are made up of staff from both organisations, who have been coached by England touch rugby international Soul Phoenix.

In addition, both NSFT and Mind will display a range of information about the services and support which are available locally, as well as the things people can do to safeguard their own wellbeing.

NSFT Service User Governor Dr Richard Gorrod, who has helped to organise the event, said: “The Norfolk Big Rugby Weekend will not only bring together all of the county’s teams to contest the season showdown, but will also highlight the importance of mental health.

“We hope that the match between NSFT and Mind will be a lot of fun, and we’ll be encouraging a bit of friendly rivalry between the teams. Our thanks go to the directors of both organisations, who have given us some great support in the run up to the event.

“There will be something on offer for all the family over the weekend, including face painting, a bouncy castle and plenty of refreshments, while spectators will also be able to enjoy live music on Saturday night.

“At the same time, clubs from across Norfolk are always happy to welcome new faces. At Holt, for example, we have teams from the under-sixes all the way to adult rugby, and even an 86-year-old playing social touch rugby.

“Not only is the sport great for fitness but also promotes a strong sense of family.”
Gates open at 9am on both days and entry is priced at £5 per adult, while under 16s are free.
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