THE LOVE of sport is being utilised to combat loneliness and low confidence in their fans.

Whitehaven Rugby League Supporters Trust are inviting sports fans to an informal chat, each week to take a nostalgic look back on their memories of ‘the beautiful game.’

The trust will use Haven and rugby league memorabilia, photos and memories to spark conversations with older fans in the free sessions.

Chairman of the trust, David Farrell said: “Trust in Haven recognises that older adults may struggle from isolation, low confidence, dementia or ill-health.

“We propose to get together for an informal chat every week, where the sessions are led by you and others who will share talking points to discuss.”

“With a keen focus to help combat this we use the power of sport to create an atmosphere that can bring happy and good memories through reminiscence.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, sessions will be held via Zoom but when restrictions allow, Trust in Haven hope to host the weekly sessions at a set venue.

Sessions are planned to take place every Thursday afternoon beginning on March 4 at 1.30pm.

Farrell said: “Trust in Haven is always on the lookout for volunteers that could either help facilitate or support the sessions. We’d love to hear from you if you may be interested.”

For more information, email David on

Trust in Haven also run a podcast interviewing a range of guests from their beloved club and elsewhere in the Cumbrian rugby league world. Recent guests have included Whitehaven RLFC director Andrew Canavan and assistant coach Jonty Gorley.

Interviews keep fans abreast of the latest goings on at Haven as well as an insight into their efforts in the Betfred Championship.