LEEDS, England (AP) — Former England soccer captain Tony Adams has been nominated as the next president of the Rugby Football League after becoming involved in the sport through his charity work.

Adams founded Sporting Chance, which provides assistance for athletes who have addictions and mental-health concerns, following his own experiences with alcoholism and drug abuse.

The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players and Adams has delivered seminars at top clubs like Wigan and Hull.

Adams says he will use his new position to "raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience" in rugby league.


Adams made more than 500 appearances for Arsenal, the only club in his soccer career, and won 66 caps for England. He has managed four teams since retiring in 2002.


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