It’s been a great week for rugby league, with women leading the way.  On Monday Nov 17, Angela Powers was a winner in the entertainment category at the Mind Media Awards held in London.  Her report looking at the effects of depression in rugby league  featured strong and moving interviews with former player Danny Sculthorpe and Warrington Wolves star Paul Wood.

It centred on State of Mind, a campaign set up by Dr Phil Cooper to bring help and support to former and current players who might be suffering from the effects of depression.

The winning entry also included a feature presented by Brian Carney, Sky Sports commentator, and directed and produced by assistant producer Katie Millward.

‘Real Recognition’

Angela, Sky Sports reporter and founder member of Her RL, said: “It’s great to have your work recognised by such an esteemed organisation as Mind, but for me the real recognition should go to the State of Mind campaign itself. Their work has been groundbreaking, and it’s no exaggeration to say it has been a life saver. I am proud to have been able to work with such an amazing group of people.”

RFL National Coach Education and Learning Programmes Manager Linda Low was this week named Coach Developer of the Year at the 2014 UK Coaching Awards in Glasgow.

The showpiece event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the coaching community. It raises the profile of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence. Previous winners include the coaches behind Becky Adlington, Maggie Alphonsi, Sir Ben Ainslie and the Brownlee brothers.

Excellent Work

HRH Princess Anne attended the UK Coaching Awards ceremony and identified Rugby League in her speech for its excellent work on coaching and Linda’s achievement.

Low said: “It was great to see Rugby League so well represented at the coaching awards. It shows that the work we are doing is making a difference.

“This award is a very special honour for me and I am humbled by the support that I have received from my colleagues in the game. It recognises the work that I have done in delivering across a number of coach education programmes.

“Being recognised by your peers in other sports at such an event, supported by HRH Princess Anne, is very special. This is a reward for the whole coach development team that I work with.”