Our Story

Teamwork and mateship have been the cornerstones of rugby league since its inception. The Men of League Foundation grew from the realisation that these qualities could be harnessed to serve those who needed help the most.

In 2002 Ron Coote, Jim Hall and Max Brown identified there was a pressing need to establish a network that accessed the tight-knit rugby league community’s desire to help its own. And so the Men of League Foundation was established.

Whether you are an ex-player, an administrator, referee, or club volunteer; whether you are a man, woman or child, Men of League Foundation protects and enhances lives while respecting each individual’s dignity.

The vision was to build a foundation that provided practical assistance and social support, and this vision has been realised.

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.

The Foundation has grown to be the charity of rugby league. Its mission remains to provide a wide range of welfare support and referrals in a professional and timely manner to those within the rugby league community who are in genuine need and are unable to overcome that need within their own resources.

It boasts a robust membership and a national network of committees that are the engine room of the Foundation. The volunteer network is supported by a professional, dedicated Sydney head office team, state teams providing advice and service from Brisbane and Sydney locations and a national board.