Rugby League Cares is an independent charity that plays an important role in the field of player welfare: it supports players at the end of their careers when they make the transition to life after rugby, providing education and training grants that will equip them with the skills and qualifications they need for the next stage of their lives.
The charity is also there for current and former players who are enduring poor health or hardship by offering practical and financial support.
RL Cares champions the sport’s rich heritage and is the custodian of its collections and archives, which are staged in a state-of-the-art facility at the University of Huddersfield, Heritage Quay.
The charity is aiming to open the sport’s first-ever National Rugby League Museum within the George Hotel, Huddersfield, the venue for the historic meeting at which the game broke away from the RFU back in 1895.
RL Cares also promotes mental fitness and healthy lifestyle initiatives through projects such as Back Onside and Offload, a Big Lottery-funded project that is transforming the lives of men who have attended sessions at Widnes, Salford and Warrington.