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 (MOL) 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, MOL membership has continued to grow and has now passed 25,000 members. The Foundation is sustained through its dedicated regional committees who run a number of fundraising events across the nation each year.

MOL 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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  • 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.   


    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  

  • 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.    

    Buy Men of League Socks

    Buy Men of League Socks Join Team Men of League this season by wearing our socks. Socks cost $11.95 a pair and $4 from every pair sold will go straight to helping us make a difference in the lives of those within the rugby league family who need it the most.  By wearing our socks you can help us to continue to care for the men, women and children of the rugby league community. Click here to buy socks now.  

  • 15.06.16
    2016 QLD Annual Lunch

    2016 QLD Annual Lunch Join us to meet, hear from and celebrate legendary players who have represented thier country in both rugby league and rugby union. Special guests will include Brad Thorn, Mat Rogers, Lote Tuqiri, John Brass and Geoff Richardson.  This year's lunch is on Friday 2 September from 11.30am at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. RSVP quickly to ensure your ticket to one of the best Men of League events in Queensland every year.  You can pre-purchase your raffle tickets to our huge raffle here.  Watch some highlights from last years lunch to get you in the mood and get all the details of the event on the below.