Great Places to Play

Facilities are essential to the growth and success of Rugby League

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?

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.

Click HERE for more information on Sand Groove Draining for Rugby League.

Sports Hygiene

Click here for guidance, information and sports hygiene advice

Rubber Crumb Information

Click HERE for guidance, information and position statement on 3G Pitches and Rubber Crumb 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.

Selecting the right artificial surface

Click HERE for Sport England information on which artificial surface suits you best

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, 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.

Community Rugby League Facilities Strategy

The Rugby Football League won the right to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 and secured a capital legacy infrastructure fund for investment into community Rugby League, to maximise the benefits from hosting the World Cup. An up-to-date National Facilities Strategy (‘NFS’) will inform how and where this legacy fund is invested.

The NFS will support the RFL’s Strategic Plan and the Community and Volunteering Strategies (particularly the 5% per annum participation growth target), as well as helping deliver both DCMS (Sporting Future) and Sport England (Towards an Active Nation) objectives.

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 droughts and flooding safely.

Information on dealing with Droughts - Click Here

Information on Flood Guidance - Click Here

The Rugby Football League, 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.