Family of League exists to ensure those most in need in the rugby league community can access financial, social and emotional support. Their foundation is the charitable heart of rugby league, proudly caring for the everyday heroes who keep the game thriving at a grassroots level.
First established as Men of League by rugby league greats Ron Coote, Jim Hall, and Max Brown in 2002, Family of League is built on this same foundation of teamwork and giving back. This independent grassroots organisation was created to offer a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on for those doing it tough within the rugby league community.
For over 20 years they have been providing over 10,000 hours of volunteer service and $10 million of financial support to those in need. Funds for their wellbeing initiatives are raised through a combination of grants, sponsorships, membership fees, public donations and fundraising initiatives.
Since the first meeting at New South Wales Leagues Club, Family of League has grown to a network of more than 6,500 members and volunteers, who come together for the game, and for each other. Whether you are an ex-player, an administrator, referee, or club volunteer; whether you are a man, woman or child, Family of League protects and enhances lives while respecting each individual’s dignity. The Foundation provides assistance with everything from surgery, rehabilitation, equipment and specialist care to wellbeing visits to homes and hospitals to address social isolation and promote mental health.
Their 39 dedicated volunteer committees across New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria are run by, and for, the rugby league community supported by their small team of dedicated staff in the Sydney and Brisbane offices.
Family of League welcomes all who share a passion for the game. Whether you’re a fan, member, donor, partner, or sponsor there is space at their table for all who love the game of rugby league.
The vision was to build a foundation that provided practical assistance and social support, and this vision has been realised.