Fixtures - Top Bar

Former Bath Rugby star Duncan Bell named Move Like a Pro Ambassador

Premiership Rugby’s ‘Move Like a Pro’ initiative is already helping rugby fans all over the country get fitter, but former Bath Rugby star Duncan Bell insists the state of the art programme can also improve their state of mind.

The 41-year-old forged a successful career in Aviva Premiership Rugby as a prop, playing for Bath for nine years and gaining five caps for England.
 
But in 2012, as he approached retirement from the game, he made the bold decision to speak up for the first time to his teammates and the rugby community about the depression and anxiety that had tainted his life for over a decade.
 
And now, having been named as Bath Rugby Foundation’s ‘Move Like a Pro’ Ambassador, he is turning his attention to every rugby fan in the country as part of Premiership Rugby’s new physical activity programme.
 
“Since speaking out about my illness, I’ve made it my mission to raise awareness of mental health in Rugby and the wider sporting community,” he said.
 
“You can’t see depression or anxiety – but it affects many of us, and never really goes away.

“I found rugby to be a great release, so I look forward to seeing Bath men get moving, but also having a space to talk, and take action on their mental and physical health.”
 
From April onwards, Bath Rugby Foundation, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Saracens and Wasps will be running ‘Move Like a Pro’ as a free online course, but also giving fans the chance to train at their local clubs in sessions run by clubs’ own training staff.
 
The 12-week course has kicked off at Bath with a visit from Bell and a kick around to get the men moving, as well as thinking about their wellbeing.
 
They will start to look at topics designed to improve their health – such as sugar content in food, portion sizes and exercise programmes that you can do anywhere, including the comfort of your own home.
 
Bell added: “Move like a Pro is a fantastic programme that I am very happy to be part of. Our first session was a great success.
 
“A number of the blokes taking part said to me how happy they were to be there, having struggled to stick to gym regimes in the past.
 
“I hope my story was relatable and showed them that it’s ok to speak up about their weight, their mental health and anything else they need support with.”
 
‘Move Like a Pro’ is designed in particular for those rugby fans who are not currently active and miss the feeling of training and being part of a team.
 
All rugby fans can sign up for weekly exercise plans, mouth-watering and healthy meals, which can all be found at www.MoveLikeAPro.co.uk in videos featuring Premiership Rugby’s best and brightest.
 
Sarah Coghlan, County Director UK at Movember Foundation, says this is just the beginning of a flourishing partnership with Premiership Rugby.

“Premiership Rugby and the Movember Foundation have a longstanding history; players and fans bring so much energy to the sport, and they have also embraced Movember with a similar passion.

"The rugby community has raised masses of funds and awareness for men’s health over the years, and we look forward to them enjoying and benefitting from this exciting new programme” she said.

“Together we want to get rugby fans moving and affect positive change on the health of rugby fans to inspire a legacy of long-term change across the rugby fan community.”

Move Like a Pro is a partnership between Premiership Rugby and the Movember Foundation to inspire a legacy of long-term lifestyle change across the rugby fan community. Directly linked to the Movember Foundation’s vision of creating a world where men live happier, healthier and longer lives, Move Like a Pro starts with simply… moving.

Latest News

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…