Gary Coupland – Annan Rugby President:

‘The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the potential impact on everyone’s mental health and well-being.

I am delighted that the club have become a partner of the Looseheadz Foundation, to support all our players, coaches, staff and volunteers through these testing times and going forward into the future’


The LooseHeadz Foundation is the cornerstone of Looseheadz campaign to #TackleTheStigma.

Currently the Foundation is funded through the sales of clothing, donations and fundraisers.

The Foundation is run by a board of trustees, and headed up by their patron Shaun Edwards, to ensure total visibility in everything they do. The trustees then decide where to distribute the money raised, and report back to the team on the impact of their campaigns.

Looseheadz are immensely proud to have Shaun Edwards as the Patron of the LooseHeadz Foundation. Shaun, a legend of both codes of rugby needs no introduction. His help, support and association allow Loozeheadz to further help the silent majority affected by mental health.

The Foundation operates entirely separately to LooseHeadz to ensure that all funds received are appropriately distributed.

More information on the Foundation at:

Help & Support

If you are experiencing a mental health problem, help and support is always available.

A list of numerous helplines and listening services for support and advice can be accessed at:


LooseHeadz are a rugby clothing brand working to #TackleTheStigma that surrounds mental health in sport.

Each sale of their rugby apparel helps to fund the LooseHeadz Foundation

100% of the profits from the sales of their rugby leisurewear will go towards improving the mental wellbeing of players at every level of the game.

More information on their website at:

If you purchase any merchandise via their website, you can use the discount code ANNAN for a 15% discount.


Our Mental Health Co-Ordinator at Annan Rugby is Laura MacKay.

Laura’s role will be to liaise with Looseheadz and the SRU in regard to mental health and well-being, resources, courses, events etc and act as the clubs point of contact, if anyone is looking for more info.

Laura’s mobile: 0780 866 0753 / Email:

Here at Annan Rugby we aim to:


Annan Rugby will be raising money for Looseheadz at various fundraisers over the year – Watch this space!

In the meantime, there are numerous other Looseheadz fundraisers that can be donated to via

One such fundraiser was by Annan senior player Michael Thompson. Michael raised funds last year for Looseheadz by attempting a 70k run!

Read Michaels story at


Looseheadz: “We are not experts in mental health. Instead, our mission is to raise awareness, and funds for those better qualified to help.

That is why we have partnered with Team Mental Health.

Through the expertise of Dr Libby Artingstall and Dr Sile McDaid, we are able to support research backed initiatives to #TackleTheStigma.”

More information at: