The Gloucester Rugby Community Charity is delighted to confirm that it has received a generous grant of £20,000 from Postcode Community Trust for the new ‘Tackling Stigma’ programme.

Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Gloucester Rugby Community Charity sets out to support girls aged 11-16 years with their mental health and wellbeing through the new ‘Tackling Stigma’ programme.

Through rugby, we would build resilience, open conversations about wellbeing, care for others, whilst allowing participants to be physically active and learning about the importance of good nutrition and a healthy diet.

We will help to overcome barriers to participation and build communities that can support each other.

The project would be aimed at girls aged 11-16, in a number of schools across Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas, with a target of 2000 participants taking part.

Research shows that mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people, including depression, anxiety & conduct disorder. By improving emotional wellbeing, we can help to reduce the number of children with mental health problems and all together reduce demand for NHS services later in life.

We aim to increase the amount of extra-curricular physical activity undertaken per week, which will help reduce antisocial behaviour, but also have a positive wider health impact.