Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams is set to become the new president of the Rugby Football League (RFL) in 2019,
Adams, now 52, had become linked with the job after the charity that he started in 2000, Sporting Chance, worked in partnership with the RFL’s welfare programme. He has said in the past he is passionate about working with everyone in sport to raise the profile of mental health problems, gambling and substance addictions.
Adams made over 500 appearances for Arsenal, lifted two Premier League titles, three FA Cup’s and earned 66 England caps. He started his charity, Sporting Chance, in 2000, following his personal struggles with alcohol and drug abuse.
The former England captain’s charity has helped more than 400 RFL players since its launch as Adams has been closely linked with the game. Sporting Chance has gone on to be heavily linked with other professional sports players across a variety of games as it helps fight mental health struggles.
Five Premier League clubs have contacted Tony Adams’ Sporting Chance Clinics since the death of Gary Speed.
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) November 29, 2011
Current RFL Chairman