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30th January 2018, 14:49 | Community

This week in Grassroots Rugby League - 30 Jan 2018

This week in Grassroots Rugby League - 30 Jan 2018

A UK first!

History will be made on Sunday as the UK's first-ever Physical Disability Rugby League match is held in Warrington.

Warrington Wolves will clash with Leeds Rhinos in the tie, with comedian Adam Hills set to turn out for the Wolves alongside Shaun Briscoe and Toa Kohe-Love.

In Physical Disability Rugby League, teams are made up of nine players, 13 in a squad, supported by two able-bodied players in each team.

PDRL is a running format of Rugby League which involves both full contact and touch tackle options, all for players who have physical disabilities.

Full details about Sunday's game can be found HERE.

Club Fundraising

Please could all clubs share the contact details of their designated fundraiser, so the Rugby Football League Development Team can support clubs with the latest information on applying for funding grants and fundraising opportunities.

Thank you to those who have already submitted their Designated Fundraiser contact details - please continue to send these to

The first funding newsletter will be sent out in February.

The 2018 RL Cares Community Game Raffle will begin in February.

The raffle can help you generate 70p for every £1 ticket sold. With great prizes on offer, it's one of the easiest ways to raise funds!

Stay tuned to the Rugby League Cares website for more information.

University Origin

Saturday, February 3, sees the third annual Origin match take place at Loughborough University with a 7pm kick off.

The tie sees the top 40 University players, as selected from the Regional games which were held in December, going head-to-head.

Selection in the England Universities programme for 2018 is at stake.

Champion Schools Finals Day moves north

The world's biggest schools Rugby League competition, the RFL's Champion Schools, sees a range of changes in 2018, all designed to support more players to play more often at an appropriate level at school, and to deliver outstanding Rugby League experiences for young people, their families and teachers.

This year sees the prestigious Champion Schools Finals Day move to a new Rugby League venue in the North of England during the week commencing 2 July, part of the summer term.

"We are now inviting Rugby League clubs and our Foundation partners to tender for this special event," said Rugby Football League Education Lead, Adam Hughes.

More information on the tender process can be found HERE.

The Steven Mullaney Memorial Match involving the Year 7 Boys finalists will remain at Wembley Stadium on Challenge Cup Final Day.

Promote your club

Spread the word about the achievements and opportunities at your club!

Promote the sport and get great reach.

Please send your news and pictures for and the Rugby Football League's social media channels to:

Find your local team

Pre-season is in full swing for most summer teams - and now is the perfect time to head along to training and start (or re-start!) your Rugby League journey.

To find your local club today, email and the RFL Development team will get to work on finding the perfect club for you.

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup kicks off

Congratulations to Rochdale Mayfield and Crosfields who took centre stage on Saturday in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round.

A fine advert for the community game which was streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Round one results

The second round draw takes place on Wednesday at 5pm.

Season Launch

A huge thanks to all those who gave up their time to represent the Community Game at the 2018 Season Launch Event last week.

  • Chris Frodsham - Thatto Heath Crusaders
  • Phill Browne & Carl Duckels - Try Tag Rugby
  • Jason Elkaleh & John Welch - Physical Disability Rugby League
  • Halifax WhRL - Wheelchair Rugby League
  • John Wroe - Masters Rugby League

... as well as all the professional club foundations who represented the 12 founding members of the Women's Super League.

  • Bradford Bulls
  • Castleford Tigers
  • Featherstone Rovers
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Hull FC
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • St Helens
  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Widnes Vikings
  • Wigan Warriors
  • York City Knights


Need a pre-season fixture?

Join the Rugby Football League-endorsed Rugby League Conference Facebook group today.

Click HERE or search 'Rugby League Conference' on Facebook, request to join and start networking with clubs.

The group is open to all UK-based Men's teams.