Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation Announce Official Partnership with the Affiliated States and Territories Police Rugby League Team

Coinciding with the extremely important PTSD Awareness Day on 27 June 2021, Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation are enormously proud to announce their official sponsorship of the Affiliated States and Territories Police Rugby League team – the ASTPRL Storm. With the ASTPRL Storm’s annual tri-series tournament fast approaching (all things COVID-pending), this not-for-profit organisation is comprised of Police Officers from all around the country, encompassing players from the Australian Federal Police, VICPOL, SA Police, NT Police and WA Police. The tournament – pitting the Storm against NSW and QLD Police, will be taking place on the Gold Coast later this year.

Other than providing NSW and QLD Police some healthy competition, the ASTPRL Storm was originally established in 2008 to provide Officers around the country with a healthy outlet for job-related stressors and related mental health conditions. Part of the Storm’s vision is to lower the rates of PTSD in the Policing community through promoting the benefits of exercise; the Storm passionately advocate for the importance of mental health and the role that exercise and fitness play in supporting optimal mental health – something we at Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation are extremely passionate about.

In 2015, the team rose to new heights when they were granted the use of the Melbourne Storm NRL club’s branding and intellectual property – a historic decision resulting in a Police Rugby League team being officially affiliated with an NRL club for the first time. Particularly given Melbourne Storm’s success since their beginnings in 1998, this was a momentous achievement for the team.

The ASTPRL Storm have a motto, #AffilatedProud with their core values being:

S – Strength

T – Team/ Together 

O – Opportunity 

R – Resilience/ Respect 

M – Mateship

Detective Senior Constable and team coach Nick Hyde, from the Surry Hills Region Enforcement Squad, says, “Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation have been working with our Police Officers for some time, and in particular our NSW Police Force, doing important work with their therapeutic exercise programs. The ASTPRL Storm take pride in our ongoing commitment to a range of social issues, including mental health and suicide awareness, and we are very pleased to welcome Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation to our cohort of sponsors.”

Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation’s General Manager, John Mellors, says “our team is extremely proud of the work that we do assisting Police Officers in every corner of the country.  In the last three years, we have assisted just shy of 1000 Police Officers nationally, with nearly 75% of these suffering from diagnosed mental illness.  The Storm’s core values certainly resonate strongly with our own and we are thrilled to be able to offer something back and become official sponsors of this wonderful team. As long-time champions of our country’s frontline responders – not to mention our obvious enthusiasm for all things exercise and the part it plays in positive mental health – we applaud the team for their stance in promoting mental health awareness, and for their sporting achievements to date.”

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