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Olympic ace set to support Leeds Rhinos - and men’s health

Great Britain's Nile Wilson has won a bronze medal in the men's horizontal bar at the Rio Olympic Arena on the eleventh day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 16, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Nile Wilson has won a bronze medal in the men's horizontal bar at the Rio Olympic Arena on the eleventh day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 16, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Leeds’ Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson will be at Emerald Headingley on Friday night to promote men’s health issues.

Wilson will be visiting the ManVan - which is funded by the Movember Foundation - when it stops off at Leeds Rhinos’ Betfred Super League showdown with Widnes Vikings.

The ManVan is visiting rugby league events this season to raise awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage men to talk and take action to improve their physical and mental well-being.

The ManVan Roadshow is a collaboration between the Movember Foundation and Rugby League Cares, who have teamed up to convert a 38-foot road home into a travelling men’s health initiative.

The roadshow will see the van visit rugby league events and clubs across Yorkshire, the north east and north west until the Test series between England and New Zealand in November.

“The ManVan is a great example of where we have invested money raised by our community,” said Owen Sharp, chief executive of the Movember Foundation.

“We are going to where men are, at rugby games across the country, to spark important health conversations and help men take action on their physical and mental health.

“Partnering with Rugby League Cares on this initiative allows us to deliver a fun experience for rugby fans that can also save lives.”

Emma Goldsmith, health projects manager for Rugby League Cares, said: “We are really excited to be involved with the ManVan and are looking forward to working with the Movember Foundation to make a positive difference to the lives of men at all levels of rugby league.

“The ManVan is a great way for fans to pick up some useful information about how they can improve their physical and mental wellbeing in a relaxed environment where the emphasis is very much about fun and celebrating the sport’s heritage.”