Mon 30 Nov 2020 12:14

Mental Health Support from Bicester RUFC

Bicester RUFC has received a grant of £7,225 from the National Lottery Community Fund for our new Mental Health programme, as well as £1,806 from Sport England for Mental Health and Physical First Aid training (November 2020). We aim to have a trained Mental Health First Aider in every section of the club, from U5 to U16 boys and girls, U18 Colts, Senior Men and Women (Vixens) by the end of the 2020/21 season.

This training programme is just starting, and once complete, Bicester RUFC will be the best club in Oxfordshire – possibly even in the south east – for mental health support. We won't stop there. This is a priority for the board, and watch this space for more updates.



The RFU has teamed up with Mind, one of the leading mental health charities in England and Wales, to provide information and guidance for anyone involved in rugby who may be dealing with mental health problems and those supporting them.

The RFU is also a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, promoting and adopting good mental health policies and best practice.

UK Coaching’s Mental Health in Coaching Guidance has some useful information on the role coaches play in supporting others, emotionally as well as physically. It highlights the impact that this can have on a coach’s own mental health and provides guidance on how coaches can understand and maintain their own mental health.

Oxfordshire Mind

If you’re a young person and you’re struggling with your mental health or wellbeing, get in touch with Oxfordshire Mind 

Call: 01865 247788


Part of Oxfordshire Mind, Safe Haven offers short term, out of hours support to adults experiencing mental health crisis in Oxfordshire. They do not define what crisis is, anyone over 18 can self-refer by giving Safe Haven a call.

Banbury: 01295 270004
Oxford: 01865 903 037

You can call from Friday – Monday from 5:00pm-9:00pm


Childline is especially for children. A free, private and confidential service where children can talk about anything, whatever their worry, whenever it is needed. There are a number of useful resources and valuable advice on the Childline website.

Tel: 0800 1111 (Free 24-hour number)


The Samaritans are available for anyone who needs them.  They provide a confidential, non-judgemental and safe environment for people to talk about concerns and issues thy are having.

Tel: 116 123


Loose Headz

Bicester RUFC is a proud partner of Loose Headz, a charity with the mission to advance the dialogue around mental health.

Young Minds

Young Minds is a charity specifically focused on promoting positive mental health in children and young people. They offers good resources, especially for families who are concerned about their children.