Leeds Rhinos put people first and launches whole person health and wellbeing strategy for its teams

10th December 2021

Leeds Rhinos has signed a deal with health-tech company hero to deliver an all encompassing health and wellbeing solution to support, educate and transform the lives of the 150-strong support and foundation staff that work at the world-famous club. 

Leeds Rhinos is prioritising the health, happiness and wellbeing of its teams by working with Leeds-based hero. 

Over the past 12-18 months, corporate priorities have changed and world-leading brands recognise the value and importance of investing in its people, and putting their health and wellbeing at the centre of their HR, culture and people strategy. By working with hero, Leeds Rhinos will be supporting its employees across physical, mental, social and financial  health and to this end, the teams will have access and support from hero’s award-winning whole person health technology, Navigator. Navigator provides access to a fully personalised, wellness library and nutritional resource; all in the palm of the user’s hand – available online and at any time. The technology promotes a holistic approach to health; from setting in-house fitness challenges to offering financial advice and therapy sessions. As well as this technology, hero will be working with Rhinos to carry out health assessments and year round provision of ongoing seminars from hero’s health behaviour change learning and development programme, Mindset.

Rob Oates, Commercial Director at Leeds Rhinos said, “We are excited about this new partnership with hero; it marks the start of a new journey for the team here at Leeds Rhinos. hero’s Navigator technology will be an invaluable resource for our teams and will give them the help, support and guidance they need to enjoy a healthier and happier life.  Having access to such a comprehensive wellness tool is going to be important as we head into 2022 and what’s great about Navigator is that it’s completely bespoke to each individual user.  We’re thrilled and extremely proud to provide such unique support for our teams and demonstrates our commitment to innovation and a people first approach – yet again.”    

Joe Gaunt, CEO of hero said, “As a Rhinos fan myself It is an absolute privilege to be supporting the club in this way! But genuinely, it’s amazing to see a brand like Leeds Rhinos understanding, recognising and responding to the changing landscape of the world we work in and providing a comprehensive support plan to support its employees and which can have a positive and marked difference on people’s lives.  The ability to personalise health and wellbeing is so important for the end user and brands such as Leeds Rhinos, which recognise this are on to a winner and will reap the rewards this brings. It’s great to see the Rhinos leading the way and innovating and we look forward to supporting the entire organisation for the years to come across the health and wellbeing strategy.” 

Leeds Rhinos and hero will be working together on a three-year programme of activity which not only includes access to Navigator but also in-person health and wellbeing support, services and training. The Rhinos will also be one of the founding members of the hero health and Wellbeing Champions Network. An exclusive network of like-minded brands and individuals from a range of different organisations from across the world, to help share insights and support each other to create the healthiest, happiest communities possible.

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