Network Groups

HER Rugby League


A new organisation has been set up to celebrate and support the women who work in, play, watch and support the sport of rugby league. Her Rugby League Association was created by Angela Powers, a Sky Sports reporter who has been involved in covering the game for 15 years.

“I have always been quietly proud of the fact that rugby league appeals to and attracts so many women, even though it is played predominantly by men and is characterised by aggressive contact,” she said. “Despite its combative nature, it has grown to be considered THE sport for all the family, and that is reflected in the make up of the crowd and the warm and friendly atmosphere most people experience at live games.”

Her Rugby League Association’s main objectives are

  • to promote the sport to new audiences by highlighting the part that women play in the game.
  • Celebrating the roles and achievements of women in  all aspects of rugby league with an awards ceremony to acknowledge womens contributions to rugby league
  • Encourage more women to aspire to senior and management roles as well as traditional and non- traditional roles in rugby league through networking and informal mentoring;
  • As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, any money we raise through sponsorship or events will go towards our services to members and to charitable causes close to the game.

To find out more or become a member of her Rugby League visit the website at

Rainbow Forum


The RFL is proud to be the first National Governing Body of Sport to join the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme, a forum for promoting LGB equality in the workplace.


To read more information about the Rainbow Forum and how you can get involved please click on the below links... 

Rainbow Forum Google Group

To access the Rainbow Forum Google Group please CLICK HERE...

This is a members only group and to request to become a member or contact the group Manager you must first set up a google account with the name you want to appear on the group membership. If you have any difficulties accessing the group please contact or telephone 0113 237 5037.

Please note this is an external site and as such the RFL makes no warranty as to its functionality. Users are advised to fully read any terms and conditions of membership prior to sign-up. The RFL cannot guarantee the correctness and completeness of any content contained and no responsibility is taken for any omissions or errors.

BME coaches Network

In Oldham a number of BME coaches have set up a networking group to provide support and information for BME rugby league coaches working in the area. At present the network is only open to those in the Oldham area however the organisers of the network have said they would be happy to offer advice and information on setting up such networks and to linking together to provide a national network.

If you would like to join the Oldham network or would be interested in setting up BME networks in your area please contact Sarah Williams ( in the first instance and I will forward your details to Oldham.

If you believe there is a need to additional support and/ or advisory groups and would like help to set one up please contact Sarah Williams at the RFL and I will be delighted to help where possible.

RL Disabled Supporters Association (RLDSA)

The RLDSA, the Rugby League Disabled Supporters Association was formed in 2005 by a group of disabled Rugby League fans and their carer’s and families who were finding problems existed with accessibility and facilities which made enjoying our great game difficult and in some cases impossible.

We needed to ensure that the diverse needs of disabled Rugby League fans were recognised and to develop ways of helping to break down these barriers and so we sought the approval and recognition of the RFL and the RLDSA was born.  

Although we are a fully independent and completely voluntary organisation we work closely with the RFL, individual Rugby League Clubs and other bodies within our Sport to promote disability awareness, accessibility and inclusion.

We have assisted in the development of disability related policies within Rugby League including codes of conduct and ground guides and we also represent disabled fans at many meetings, focus groups and conferences around the country.

With over 300 members nationally we are the representative voice of disabled Rugby League fans. If you would like to know more please contact Gill Johnson on