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As part of our 125th anniversary year, we want you to help us celebrate by telling us what Rugby League means to you.

We all love the great game, but what truly unites us all is how our sport touches everyone's lives in different ways. Whether it's within your local community, raising money for amazing local causes, or just helping you to rebuild your life after difficult times, Rugby League seems to inspire all.

We'd love you to share what it means to you - simply post a video on social media with #WhatRLMeans and we'll award prizes to the best!

In the meantime, below are some of the great things going on across our game, and some of the reasons as to why it means so much to us all...

The Rugby League Dividend

In 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University were commissioned to complete a report on the social and economic impact Rugby League has on the communities it lives in.

By the end, the positive effect of Rugby League was clear to see:

The annual economic impact of the English clubs and central events is estimated at more than £141 MILLION.

The social impact of the sport of Rugby League on players and volunteers is estimated at more than £185 MILLION.

Every £ spent by Rugby League community clubs in sport generates a social return of £4.08.


Rugby League Charities

The work which Rugby League charities do is so important to everyone within the game. Whether it's the likes of Rugby League Cares, the Steve Prescott Foundation, the RL Benevolent Fund, or some of the fabulous club foundations, the work that goes into making sure people who need support get it is phenomenal.

Some familiar faces tell you just why these are so important in the video across...





Clubs in the Community

During the hugely difficult period of the Covid-19 pandemic, we've seen the very best of Rugby League clubs and players.

Whether it's delivering essential items to vunerable fans, phoning the elderly to check on their wellbeing, or completing marathon challenges to raise money for charity, it's been hugely heartwarming to see the response of Rugby League people.

Here, Distington ARL talk about what they're doing to help their local community - including collecting and delivering more than 300 prescriptions!

Of course, we see acts like this all the time in any given day, month or year in Rugby League communities. But players, coaches, volunteers and clubs coming together in times such as these really does show the true colours of the people in our game.

Keeping Active and Healthy with Rugby League

Over the last few weeks, we've seen a huge amount of amazing initiatives developed around the sport to keep everyone fit and healthy, both mentally and physically.

From the tremendous Rugby League Cares #RLUnited campaign, which focuses on maintaining good mental fitness, to the Skill to Play, Fit to Play and Active at Home schemes - devised to allow all ages and abilities to keep fit and active in fun and engaging ways, there is a wealth of resources available to everybody!





Wheelchair Rugby League

Wheelchair Rugby League has grown exponentially over the last few years. With an international tour of Australia for the England team in 2019, to the first International Golden Boot award in 2020, to a groundbreaking World Cup on home soil to come in 2021, the game is bigger than ever.

But what it has given to people who have suffered unbelievable hardshifts has never changed. Here, Halifax and England's Wayne Boardman talks about how Wheelchair Rugby League 'saved his life'...




Physical Disability and Learning Disability Rugby League

Over the last few years, more and more versions of the great game have been created, to ensure EVERYONE can enjoy Rugby League and everything that comes with it.

2019 was a special year for both 'PDRL' and 'LDRL'.

Physical Disability Rugby League completed their first full competitive season, and the sport was thrust into the public gaze with popular comedian and PDRL player, Adam Hills, producing a documentary on the birth of the Warrington Wolves PDRL team, which received national acclaim, as well as bagging the 'Best Sports Documentary Award' at the Sports Journalist Awards.

Learning Disability Rugby League also saw a trailblazing calendar year. With a game played at Magic Weekend at Anfield in front of tens of thousands, to an award at the Betfred Super League Awards night, it truly is an amazing time for both of these versions of the sport.

More info on how to get involved below:



Women's Rugby League

Another key part of our game is Women's Rugby League.

2019 was a year of groundbreaking firsts for the game - from a Women's Coral Challenge Cup Final in front of a record crowd, to a live televised Betfred Women's Grand Final at St Helens, it was a tremendous year for the sport.

But nothing typified the game more than the England Women's tour of Papua New Guinea last Autumn. Through the support of Sport England, the England team were able not only to play two terrific games against a passionate Rugby League nation, but also interact and inspire a number of small communities across the country.



Our Voice

Throughout the past six months, we've spoken to a number of Rugby League people from across the game. Whether England internationals, community players or player welfare officers, we've heard some amazing stories about the difference Rugby League has made to people's lives.

You can read them all below.




125 Super Fans

Ahead of our 125th anniversary this year, we asked Rugby League fans to tell us what the sport meant to them, and what their favourite memories were.

We received hundreds of applications, and picked 125 'Super Fans' who would take part in helping us to celebrate our 125th anniversary.

Some of these fans have been kind enough to share why the game means so much to them during these difficult times... 




At season launch events ahead of the 2020, to help celebrate our 125th anniversary, we asked a number of players from all levels of the game what exactly Rugby League means to them.

The answer? EVERYTHING!