AJT are very proud to announce our sponsorship of Pedal the Premiership 2022.
4 Cyclists, 13 Premiership rugby clubs, and 1354km in just 7 days.
Stu Baker, John Marshall, Steve Bailey and Harry Hughes will be cycling away the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, raising awareness and vital funds alongside LooseHeadz foundation, this coming May.
Suicide is still the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Each week, 84 men take their own life. For every 1 of those, there are another 20 attempts.
Having lived with depression and anxiety most of his adult life, and attempting suicide following an illness after his retirement from rugby, Stu’s aim is to lower the stigma around male mental health, encourage men to have those conversations, and ultimately reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts. He hopes that this particular challenge can ‘show that you can be a man mountain on the pitch, delivering big hits for 80 minutes, but still have demons off the pitch’.
The first Pedal the Premiership took place in 2019, raising around £7000 by cycling 988km around 12 clubs over 6 days. The promotion of the Newcastle Falcons adds another ground and an extra 366km to the route for round two! PDP1 saw the likes of Professional Rugby players Jim Hamilton, Shaun Perry and Ollie Hayes, amongst others, joining the lads on parts of the route.
This year, they’ll be cycling with a GPS throughout the event so that we can track their progress, and anyone can drop in on the ride anytime. Former International Rugby stars Will Greenwood, Charlie Hodgson, Neil Back, Shaun Perry, Ollie Hayes and Mike Tindal have already pledged their support, and we hope to see them and more along the ride!
The challenge kicks off on Saturday 14th May at Sandy Park with the Exeter Chiefs, and will conclude in Bristol on Saturday 20th May at the televised game between the Bears and the Chiefs.
We would love to get Stu and his team as much support as possible, so please donate, share, spread the word, do whatever you can to help Break the Stigma.
DONATE HERE – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/pedalthepremiership