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15th June 2019

JOCA Fest returns

JOCA Fest returned on a warm Saturday in June and was bigger and better than ever. All the tickets were sold, there was a great atmosphere and the bands as ever were brilliant. A big thanks to everyone who helped to make this the best JOCA Fest to date.

JOCA Fest will return on Saturday 15 June 2020. Put the date in your diary and we'll see you there!!

16th June 2018


JOCA Fest 2018

The JOCA Team would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who made JOCA Fest 2018 possible. We was overwhelmed with the support from you all this year, you are all amazing. Thank you from all of us!

JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club
JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club

Images from JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn Rugby Club

3 November 2017

The Wolfpack charity rugby dinner

Woolfpack charity dinner at the Hermitage
JOCA Woolfpack charity dinner
Woolfpack charity dinner at the Hermitage
JOCA Woolfpack charity dinner

On Friday 3 November the Wolfpack charity dinner took place at the Hermitage Rd. Bar and Restaurant in Hitchin to raise money for JOCA. An absolutely fantastic night, so many thanks to the amazing people who worked so hard to make it happen. James Nye, Graham Walker, Alistair Hargreaves, Jim Hamilton, Will Fraser, the lovely Hermitage staff Wolfpack and all the other sponsors, and of course everybody who turned up.


17 June 2017

JOCA Music Festival, Welwyn Rugby Club

JOCA Music Festival

JOCA hosted a music festival on Saturday, 17 June at Welwyn Rugby Club to raise money for our work in helping local people with mental health and well-being issues. The JOCA music festival was a real family event. Besides a fantastic line-up of local bands, including the Subways, there was a host of other attractions, including tasty food from local suppliers, a Prosecco and Pimms bar, as well as ice cream, sweets, face-painting and much more.


18 March 2017

JOCA awareness day, White Lion Square, Hatfield

JOCA awareness day in Hatfield

JOCA awareness day in Hatfield

A decent crowd turned up in White Lion Square to meet the founders of JOCA and find out more about the work of the charity. There was a range of kids activities, including face painting, candyfloss and hot dogs, as well as a bar between 12.00pm and a prize raffle. People were then invited back to the club house (Mai Tai Bar) for the close of the 6 Nations Rugby Tornament with Ireland v England. It was a great day, except for England rugby supporters.

16 March 2017

Curry Night at The Town Inn, Hatfield

A massive thank you to Hatfield RFC and especially Neil Carol at The Town Inn Hatfield for hosting JOCA's Pass it On event and for the great curry.

3 December 2016

Pass It On

Pass It On is an initiative to raise awareness of mental health in rugby and promote general well-being. We will be launching this initiative on 3 December 2016 at Welwyn with a charity match, barbecue and evening event. A number of specially commissioned balls have been sourced and we will begin to pass these around Hertfordshire rugby clubs, the objective being that once a club has received a ball they then spend a week promoting well-being and raising awareness of mental health issues. At the end of that week the ball will be passed on to the next club. Stay tuned for more updates.

Charity rugby game

JOCA is holding a charity game on 3 December 2016 at Welwyn rugby club. We are looking for raffle or auction prizes and we also aim to sell cakes, so if you would like to donate something for the auction, or if you're a budding Bake Off star who would like to make a cake to raise funds for JOCA please email Justin Burgess at

7 December 2016

Christmas remembrance and thanksgiving service

JJ Burgess & Sons warmly invite you to a Christmas Remembrance and thanksgiving service at Christ Church, St Albans Road East, Hatfield on Wednesday 7 December at 7:00 pm. We hope to decorate our remembrance tree and branch office trees with cards inscribed to your loved ones. Our cards will be available in the Church before and after the service - we are asking for a minimum donation of £1 per card which will go to JOCA.

12 September 2016

The JOCA team present to the RFU at Welwyn Rugby Club

JOCA welfare committe

The JOCA team with the RBS Six Nations trophy

Mental illness is an often unspoken about issue and is sadly the biggest killer of young men in the UK aged 22 to 42. JOCA aims to destigmatise mental health amongst young men and women. On 12 September the JOCA team was given an opportunity to present to the RFU to promote the work of our welfare committee.


27 August 2016

JOCA pedal and a pint

JOCA pedal 'n pint event

Stage one: Meet up at the Doctors Tonic

A JOCA Peddle 'n' Pint event was held on Saturday 27 August to raise funds. The participants left at 12 noon from the Tonic in Welwyn Garden City dressed as jesters, jokers and clowns and cycled to a number of local pubs for some liquid refreshment. A fun day was had by all and £380 was raised which will all go towards helping those who turn to JOCA.


Contact us

Whatever your problems, issues or concerns we are here to listen and help. The JOCA Welfare team can be contacted 24/7 via our email address or via the form below - we'll get straight back to you. We will respect your privacy at all times. One of the committee will offer a friendly ear and where necessary signpost you to other organisations for support and assistance.

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Our Mission Statement

To create a better understanding of and to destigmatise mental health and mental well-being amongst the players and members of Welwyn Rugby Club.

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