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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News

  • 17.05.16
    Captain's Captain - In the News

    Captain's Captain in the Media Click here to watch and read all the news about The Captain's Captain.   

    09.05.16
    Amazing Support

    Amazing support from Bill Gilmour. Former world ranked tennis player, Bill Gilmour, has done so much for Men of League Foundation. Mr Gilmour (Men of League Foundation Member #9,101), had a distinguished tennis career where he advanced to the third round of Wimbledon as a singles player and the quarter-finals in the doubles in 1955. Mr Gilmour has maintained a key role in the sport while supporting his local community. He has established tennis coaching clinics in Miranda and Caringbah and has allowed Men of League Foundation to hold tennis fundraising events. His assistance to our Foundation has not stopped there. In 2015, Bill donated a bus to our committees allowing them to be able to conduct visits and to take the rugby league community on outings helping prevent social isolation.  Bill, the support you have given the Men of League Foundation has changed so many people’s lives. Thank you Bill.     

  • 01.05.16
    Brydens Lawyers announced as official Law Partner

    Brydens Lawyers Support the Rugby League Community as Official Law Partner of the Men of League Foundation The Men of League Foundation has announced leading law firm Brydens Lawyers as the official Law Partner of the iconic charity, Men of League Foundation that supports men, women and children of the rugby league community.   Ray Beattie OAM, Interim CEO of the Men of League Foundation, welcomes Brydens Lawyers 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 Brydens Lawyers on board as our official Law Partner and would like to thank them for their commitment to the Men of League and indeed the greater rugby league community,” said Mr Beattie.   “Much like the Men of League, Brydens has a solid reputation for helping those who have fallen on hard times and we believe the firm shares some great synergies with our core values.   “As major sponsors of the Wests Tigers and sponsors of the Knights, Bulldogs, Roosters and Panthers, Brydens Lawyers already enjoys great ties with the rugby league community. We are thrilled that the firm’s genuine passion for the code can be further showcased through this new partnership with the Men of League,” added Mr Beattie.     Lee Hagipantelis, Principal of Brydens Lawyers, said “Brydens Lawyers has invested significantly in the rugby league community and our engagement now with Men of League was a natural and obvious extension of that investment. For over 40 years Brydens Lawyers has been providing expert legal advice and representation for those who ordinarily would be unable to engage legal representation and require help.   “Brydens Lawyers is honoured to partner with Men of League and share their commitment to provide care and support for members of the rugby league community who would otherwise be unable to avail themselves of legal assistance. It is this commitment to helping persons in need shared by both Brydens Lawyers and Men of League that augurs well the success of our partnership,” he added.