Hull Kingston Rovers have teamed up with local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind to launch a unique new charity shirt for the 2020/21 season.
The classic Mind ‘squiggle’ makes up the design and forms a series of Robins across the striking design as a nod to the club’s long associated nickname of ‘The Robins’.
In a first for a Hull Kingston Rovers charity shirt, the kit, sponsored by Harrison Solway, will be worn across two seasons, running into 2021.
The Yorkshire and Humber areas have some of the highest rates of suicide in the UK. The club are looking to use the partnership to help inform supporters about the services available, and ‘normalise’ the conversation about mental health so it is more widely discussed.
Hull Kingston Rovers Tony Smith said: “Mental health is something close to our hearts at the club, we were planning the partnership with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind long before the 2020 pandemic, but it seems more apt than ever that we should launch this now. I think we all know, and can relate to someone, who has found this year especially tough. It’s important we are there for each other.
“We of course started the year seeing one of our own suffering a terrible life changing injury when Mose Masoe was struck down. His mental strength and positivity are something we can all take inspiration from, but it was undoubtable tough for me and the team to digest the news. Fortunately, we have a great support network at the club, so we were able to help each other through it. But there’s always more we can do to support each other and discuss how we are feeling.
“My message to the supporter’s is do not suffer alone, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind offer some fantastic services and we look forward to learning more about what they do, and how we can all better look after our own mental health, as the partnership unfolds throughout 2020 and 2021.”
Speaking to hullkr.co.uk, Dan Warren, Director of Development at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:
“It’s great to be working with Hull Kingston Rovers on this new and exciting partnership. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year – that’s hundreds of rugby players, and thousands of rugby fans. By working together, we can promote positive mental health on and off the pitch, and ensure that nobody in our local area has to face a mental health problem alone.”
The club’s new limited-edition Hull and East Yorkshire Mind shirt is available from hullkr.co.uk/kits .
Fans are reminded that the Fan Experience Zone at Hull College Craven Park remains closed until November 5th, a full update in available here.
[Jack Moore – Hull and East Yorkshire Mind]