Back Onside

In conjunction with Rugby League Cares, our ‘Back Onside’ programme is an exciting new health and wellbeing programme designed to encourage men to start enjoying exercise again.

Back Onside


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Back Onside is delivered by current and former Tigers’ players working with participants to build strength, stamina and fitness in a fun and friendly environment.

Men who sign up to the National Lottery-funded Sport England initiative will be involved in 10 weekly fixtures Lasting 60 to go minutes each that focus on multi-sports activities, including rugby and football, as well as team-building exercises.

Our Tigers Back Onside fixtures take place at rugby League stadiums and are open to men of any fitness Level who want to feel fitter, happier and healthier.


“I signed up for the Back Onside programme after several months of feeling quite down in myself. I was having Lots of stress at work and home, eating and drinking all the wrong sorts of things.

Throughout the programme we were encouraged to be vocal, enjoy ourselves and take part. Not to rush or push ourselves too hard. I found that it was fun and insightful with elements about nutrition and exercise included.

Sometimes a little childish but that I think helped make it more fun and inclusive for a lot of people. I for one would recommend to anyone.”

Russel Brooks, 37, Castleford

“Back Onside is a brilliant way for men to rediscover the benefits of exercise in a safe and familiar environment, and with expert help from experienced Rugby League professionals.

We all lead busy lives with work and family commitments and it’s often the case that men struggle to find the time or the inclination to exercise regularly.

Once you stop doing something you enjoy, it can be hard to find the motivation to start again, which leads to many men missing out on the health benefits that come from being active.

Back Onside aims to tackle that trend and provide men with the opportunity to work alongside current and retired Rugby League players in fixtures that combine exercise and activities with fun and banter.”

Chris Rostron, Head of Rugby League Cares



  • Back Onside is primarily aimed at men aged between 35 and 64 but fixtures are open to all ages, and are free
  • Sport England’s research shows that a third of people in lower paid and routine jobs, are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath each week. And inactivity in people in lower paid, routine jobs is twice that of people on a high income in senior and managerial roles
  • Inactivity levels in Wakefield district are above the national average with significant levels of obesity amongst 35-64 year olds