The Men of League Heritage

The Men of League Foundation was established on 11 July 2002 with a desire to assist rugby league players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and members of their families who have fallen on hard times.

Founded by Rugby League greats Jim Hall, Max Brown and Ron Coote AM, the concept for the Foundation came about when Ron expressed his concerns after seeing game legend Doug McRitchie dying alone in a New South Wales South Coast hospital. Together, the men identified a need to establish a Foundation which supports the tight-knit rugby league community.

The name Men of League was kindly given by Narelle Hughes, wife of former Canterbury player, Graeme Hughes. She had used the name for a calendar she had published for a number of years and all found it to be a name befitting the organisation.

In the 11 years following its inception, membership has continued to grow and we now have members from around Australia as part of Men of League. The Foundation is sustained through its dedicated regional committees who run a number of fundraising events across the nation each year.

Men of League runs and supports a number of projects to advance its cause, including:

  • Men of League Scholarship Scheme

  • Men of League Residential Care and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Back to the Game

  • Social Welfare initiatives such as Kick-Off Club & Full Time Club

  • Sporting Chance Cancer Fund

In 2006, the Men of League Foundation was awarded status as a deductible gift recipient and a tax concession Charity.

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News

  • 19.09.16
    Win a copy of 'Never Before, Never Again'

    Win a copy of 'Never Before, Never Again' Larry Writer’s classic story of St George’s 11 straight premierships, 'Never Before, Never Again', was first published in 1995, and has been refreshed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dragons’ 11th Grand Final. This superb book is now back in print and this is your chance to win a copy of this rugby league page-turner. Simply answer this question to go into the draw to win. 10 winners will be chosen at random and each will receive this unique tale of great football and great footballers. Which rugby league club does 'Never Before, Never Again' profile? Click here to submit your entry. Please provide your name, contact phone number and answer to the question in your email. Competition closes on Sunday 30 October 2016, with winners drawn on Monday 31 October 2016.  

    13.09.16
    2016 QLD Annual Lunch Gallery

    The Men of League Foundation celebrated the 2016 Queensland Annual Lunch at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with a 'Dual International' theme on Friday 2 September.  Special guests inlcuded Mat Rogers, Brad Thorn, Lote Tuqiri, Michale O'Connor, John Brass and Geoff Richardson.  Click here to see all the pictures from the great day.  

  • 22.07.16
    View our Gala Dinner gallery here

    The Men of League Gala Dinner kicked off the Men of League Round on Tuesday 19 July at the Four Points by Sheraton. Our Gala Dinner helped us in honouring the families among us who have fallen on hard times and help us raise essential funds so that we may continue to care for the men, women and children of the rugby league community. Click here to view our Gala Dinner gallery.   

    19.07.16
    PRIMARY HEALTH CARE WELCOMED AS NEW PARTNER

    PRIMARY HEALTH CARE WELCOMED AS NEW PARTNER The Men of League Foundation has today announced Primary Health Care as a new partner of the iconic charity, Men of League Foundation that supports the men, women and children of the rugby league community. Peter Collins, Chief Executive Officer of the Men of League Foundation welcomes Primary Health Care to the Men of League family and thanks the firm for providing invaluable support to the Foundation and its important welfare work. “We are thrilled to have Primary Health Care on board and would like to thank them for their commitment to helping us care for the rugby league community,” said Mr Collins. “For over 30 years Primary Health Care has been delivering on its core vision of providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the people of Australia. “Much like the Men of League Foundation, Primary Health Care pride themselves on being there for people when they need us most, so we see great harmony with our core values,” added Mr Collins. To find out more about Primary Health Care, visit www.primaryhealthcare.com.au  

  • 17.07.16
    Meet Harry Bowes

    Meet Harry Bowes We'd like to introduce you to Harry Bowes. Harry is 16 years old and battling leukaemia.  Watch as our Brisbane Committee with help from the QRL and the Queensland Maroons give Harry an experience that he'll never forget. For more than a decade we've provided assistance to the men, women and children of the rugby league community with medical, social, financial, physical and emotional support.