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Another brilliant session with Stevie Ward for our scholars.

Charlie MiallHead of Academy Player Care & Psychology, Doncaster Rovers FC



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About Stevie

Stevie is a former professional rugby player and part of the golden generation at the Leeds Rhinos, one of the most successful teams in super league history. Stevie became the youngest grand final winner ever, going on to win two more Grand Finals and 2 Challenge Cups, and was named captain at just 26.

Amongst the highs, Stevie endured ten operations and several mental health struggles. This adversity inspired Stevie to launch Mantality in 2016 to promote mental health for men through counselling, life-coaching services, and a stigma-breaking podcast.

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Throughout all of the winning and losing in life, Stevie believes that the truest form of resilience is to realise the potential of our true selves. Stevie put this to the test by leading culture meetings as a captain of the Rhinos team. Promoting authenticity formed championship-winning teams and formidable relationships.

A brain injury forced Stevie to step away from his prime in his rugby career; however, Stevie cannot step away from bringing his lessons to life through vivid storytelling and shattering the stigma around expressing how we truly feel so that we can discover new levels of performance. Stevie continues to be a thought leader around mental health and concussion and regularly presents with Sky Sports.