Great Places to Play

Facilities are essential to the growth and success of Rugby League

Case Study

Billy Vaughan from Portico Vine talks about the project he led to improve facilities at the club.

Rugby League pitches

Whether you have a natural grass pitch or a state-of-the-art 3rd Generation Artificial Grass Pitch we have advice on how to care for and properly maintain your playing surface.

There is also information on the right sizes for pitches, how to lay them out properly and a Pitch Inspection Form for any occasions when the pitch isn’t playable.

Are you struggling because you need more training or match pitches? Have you considered trying to use your local school’s pitches?

The new Use Our School website from Sport England has very useful information on how to approach and work with your local schools and gain access to their facilities.

Natural Turf Pitch guidance from Sport England

'Natural Turf for Sport' will help you develop safe and sustainable pitches that are fit for sporting purpose while providing practical advice on building and maintaining playing fields and sports pitches

Click HERE for more information and guidance from Sport England.

Rubber Crumb information

Click here for guidance, information and sports hygiene advice

Artificial Grass Pitch guidance from Sport England

Click HERE for the guidance which covers the design and selection of material for a range of outdoor sports using artificial grass pitches, needle punch play surfaces, and polymeric surfaces.

Pitch Size Guidance


Play Touch Rugby League Guidance



Clean, Dry and Safe clubhouses are really important to make sure that players and volunteers have a great experience at your club.

We have advice on refurbishing your clubhouse, annual maintenance schedules for buildings, Give Back to Your Club and on the capital funding available to improve your facilities.

The RFL's Clubhouse guidance can help with the development of new clubhouses, refurbishment of old facilities and includes designs and layouts as well as estimated budget costs.

There is also advice on carrying out maintenance checks on clubhouses.

Sport England's Clubhouse guidance, which can be found HERE.

This suite of information is intended to help clubs and their design teams work through and apply general principles and processes to achieve better clubhouses.

Environmental Sustainability and Flood Planning

Rugby League needs all its clubs to be successful and thriving environments therefore we have worked with other sports and Sport England to develop advice on how to manage your club successfully, how to ensure your club is environmentally sustainable and how to deal with the impacts of flooding safely.

'Use our School!'

'Use Our School' is a resource to support schools in opening their facilities to the community and keeping them open outside term time.

It provides tried and tested solutions, real life practice, tips from people making it happen, and a range of downloadable resources.

Click HERE to find out more.

The RFL, in partnership with The RFU, The FA and The ECB, have helped launch, as part of Sport England's commitment to quality playing surfaces.

Groundsmanship for Sports Clubs provides valuable support for volunteers, coaches, club officials and the 'hands-on' groundsman.

"The groundsman role can be as important as a top coach or a star player"

With easy to follow advice, images and videos aimed at all club members, this site encourages a collaborative team approach to looking after sports grounds and creating great pitches. 

For more tips and information on groundsmanship in Rugby League, click HERE.


Sport England Funding



The Flood Fund

Big Lottery Fund

Children In Need

Coalfield Regeneration Trust

Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

The RFL also advises clubs to speak to their local council for Voluntary Services for advice on other sources of funding. Click HERE for more information.

The RFL Facilities Trust

The RFL Facilities Trust was established in 2009 to support the development of Rugby League through investment in facilities.

The first meeting of the Trust was held on the 9 February 2009 at Red Hall, Leeds.

The Facilities Trust is a registered charity with a Board consisting of independent members and Rugby Football League staff.

Community Rugby League Facilities Strategy

In autumn 2010 the Rugby Football League (RFL) commissioned independent consultants TrioPlus Limited to work with them in looking at the existing provision for Community Rugby League in England in order to recommend key priorities for development and investment for the period to 2015 and beyond.

The overarching outcome of the RFL Community Strategy is to maximise the numbers engaged in, and the enjoyment derived from, participation in Rugby League.

Therefore the Facilities Strategy has been developed and written from a participant perspective.

It is based upon the targets identified in the 2010-2012 Rugby League Community Strategy, which forms the basis of the Rugby League Whole Sport Plan.

The Whole Sport Plan was successful in securing from Sport England significant investment for facilities for the period 2009-2013. This Strategy builds on the previous RFL ten-Year Facility Strategy written in 2003.

It is critical that any new or updated facilities strategy is participant and not facilities led and will deliver the objectives and goals of the RFL Community Strategy.