Rugby League is the fastest and most exciting team sport in the world.
A standard game involves two teams of 13 multi-skilled players with the simple aim being to score more points than your opponents, however you now don't have to play the full version of the game to be part of this great sport. Playing Rugby League has many benefits including keeping fit, meeting new people and maybe even progressing to a higher level. Whatever your level or ability, the community game provides varying degrees of competition and anyone interested in taking up the sport will find it both rewarding and enjoyable.
Whatever your requirements there is a version of the game that will suit you.
Community Rugby League
Most people play Rugby League at a Community Club which offers playing opportunities from the age of 6 and above. Primary age players play in non-competitive leagues, with smaller sided teams, before moving into the Junior and Youth age groups of the club. For Adults, clubs play in merit leagues, offering matches now and again, regional leagues offering organised competitive matches and conference leagues, where players pit themselves against the best in the community game all around the country. Rugby League has competitions for men, women, boys and girls so that everyone can enjoy our game.
For those over the age of 35, Masters Rugby League is a strictly social version of the sport and the rules are slightly modified to cater for the older player. Players choose coloured shorts according to the level of contact that they wish to enjoy and players over the age of 70 have enjoyed a game. There are no winners, no champions and no cup finals. Masters is all about fun, participation and friendship.
Champion Schools Rugby League
Many young players get their first taste of Rugby League at School and every year tens of thousands of youngsters have the opportunity to take part in the Champion Schools competition, the largest Rugby League competition in the world, with the ultimate prize of the finals taking place around the Challenge Cup Final weekend at Wembley Stadium. Encourage your mates and your teacher to get your school signed up.
If you're heading to College or to University, there is no excuse not to play Rugby League. Thousands of students play the 13-aside version of the game on Wednesday afternoons as part of the Student Rugby League programme, but there are also opportunities for more social forms of the game such as Touch Rugby League to allow all your mates to get involved and enjoy the game.
Touch Rugby League
Touch Rugby League is a great game you can play with friends, family or team mates in a fun and social atmosphere. It's a great way to stay healthy, burn calories and have fun without any of the tackling you see in a traditional game of Rugby League. If you prefer to play indoors or outdoors, on your own or as part of a team, we run a variety of different sessions for men and women aged 14 and above. There's bound to be one that suits you whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned pro. Get in 'touch' to find out more.
Wheelchair Rugby League
Wheelchair Rugby League is unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players of both sexes the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field. The sport is unique amongst wheelchair sports in that it is not a derivative but rather is faithful to the rules of the game with tries, conversions and all the other familiar aspects of the game which makes it instantly recognisable as Rugby League.