Fans urged to join Nigel Wood on Founders’ Walk


Rugby league fans from across the country have been invited to participate in a special event this summer, which will mark the 120th anniversary of the foundation of rugby league.

From July 19 to July 24, representatives of every section of the Rugby League community can participate in the Founders’ Walk, a historic 120-mile journey taking in the homes of the original 22 members of the Northern Union.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood will be taking part in the walk, which starts in Hull and ends in St Helens.

It will be taking in the 20 other original sites of the game’s founding clubs on the route it follows.

Organised by Rugby League Cares, the fund-raising walk will feature defined stages to give fans and community club players of all ages and abilities the opportunity to take part.

Funds raised will go towards Rugby League Cares, local causes or a club.

“The 120th anniversary of Rugby League is a very significant milestone, and the Founders Walk is a terrific opportunity to celebrate our rich history and raise money to support good causes,” said Wood.

“Many of the original grounds have been redeveloped over time, and some of the clubs no longer exist but the Founders Walk will be a fascinating journey into the past, as well as a celebration of our great sport, for everyone who takes part.

“I’ve been asked to participate and I am delighted to do so. My colleagues have instructed me to do the full distance, so we’ll see!

“The concept is fantastic – walking 120 miles to celebrate each of our 120 years – but people can walk as far as they like on each or any of the six days and I hope that everyone in Rugby League will participate, celebrate and support in whatever way they can.

“Our sport has a rich and proud history and all efforts to celebrate are welcome.”

To register for the Founders Walk please contact Rugby League Cares Operations Manager Katie Irwin on

The itinerary for the Founders Walk is as follows:

Sunday July 19 – Hull
Monday July 20 – Huddersfield, Batley, Dewsbury, Wakefield
Tuesday July 21 – Hunslet, Leeds, Bradford, Halifax
Wednesday July 22 – Rochdale, Oldham
Thursday July 23 – Salford, Leigh, Wigan
Friday July 24 – Warrington, Widnes, St Helens