Community Board Organisations

Community Board Organisations

Armed Forces

Armed Forces Rugby League reaches across the three Armed Services, with activities including full 13-a-side playing opportunities for both male and female players, alongside participation opportunities for Wheelchair users, Touch, Tag and Masters, Coaching, Coach Education and Match Officials.

The Combined Services Rugby League, now called Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League, was established in 1997 and is the highest representative level within the three Services, coordinating representative-level sides in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Each constituent body organises its own competition at Station, Unit and Corps level, with players selected for their respective representative sides through an annual Inter-Services Competition.



Founded in 1973 and affiliated with the RFL in 2004, BARLA represents the Pennine League, Hull & District and WRLA competitions provides social and recreational competitions.

Huddersfield-based, the organisation is also responsible for the BARLA National Cup which runs for both Men, Youth and Junior players and County Cups for Men, Youth and Juniors in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

BARLA also runs a representative team and county representative sides in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

English Schools

English Schools Rugby League was formed in 1967 to help enable the organising and playing of International games, act as one body for the distribution of Grant Aid received from the RFL and to act as an organising body to spread the game.

The Champion Schools Tournament was notably relaunched in 2002 and the August final viewed by many as the pinnacle of Schools Rugby League, with the year seven finalists turning out at Wembley as the curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup Final.

English Schools Rugby League is seen as a crucial part of introducing young people to the sport, helping oversee a significant growth in schools in recent times, spreading to an ever-increasing number of young people throughout the United Kingdom.

Tier 4 Conference Leagues

Conference Leagues cover the National Conference League and the Conference League South, both considered to be the pinnacle of Men's Community Rugby League in the North and South repsectively.

Both Conference Competitions play an important role in satisfying the demand for high quality, regular, competitive Rugby League and many players will play Conference standard Rugby League on their way to playing professionally.

Tier 5 Youth & Junior Leagues

This sector of the game is where most people experience their first introduction to Rugby League. From Primary Rugby League in fun, non-competitive environments to regular week in week out league competitions for teenagers, this section of the game is the future.

Represented at this level are the national picture of leagues, which includes West Cumbira, Barrow & District, North East, North West Counties 8s-12s, North West Counties 13s-15s, North West Youth, Hull & District, Yorkshire Juniors, Midlands and London.

Universities and Colleges

Student Rugby League was renamed the University and College Rugby League (UCRL) in late 2014 and is now host to over 2,500 registered players.

Rugby League is currently played at 36 colleges and 52 universities around the UK, a number which is growing each year, and it is viewed by the RFL a as a crucial part of Rugby League's national growth going forward, with star graduates from the competitions including St Helens prop Alex Walmsley.

University and Colleges Rugby League has a vibrant social media approach, with a joined up representative programme for both Universities, Colleges and Women's Students offering players in this sector opportunities at international level.

Tier 5 & 6 Adult Leagues

This sector includes both Women’s and Wheelchair Rugby League alongside Regional Rugby League played in the North East, Cumbria, North West, Yorkshire, Midlands, East, South East, London and South West.

From 1996 with the birth of the Summer Conference, the game of Rugby League has continued to grow its national footprint, with this sector of the game truly giving a national flavour to Rugby League played from March to October.