Rugby League celebrates 120th Birthday

Rugby League fans were invited to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the
sport’s inception by taking to the streets for a charity walk across the
game’s heartlands.

Fans and enthusiasts took part in the Founders’ Walk, an historic 120-mile
journey – taking in the homes of the original 22 members of the Northern
Union – that finished in St Helens, the home of the current Super League
champions.

Organised by Rugby League Cares, the fundraising walk commemorated the birth of Rugby League at the historic meeting at the George Hotel in
Huddersfield on August 29, 1895 when 22 clubs broke away from the Rugby Football Union.

Starting in Hull, the walk took fans West across Yorkshire before crossing
the Pennines, with the route eventually ending in St Helens.

Each day featured defined stages giving fans and community club players of all ages and abilities the opportunity to take part and raise funds for the
sport’s charity, Rugby League Cares, or their own local good cause or club.

The walk was officially closed at an event attended by Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Steve and Lynn Glover; Cllr Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing; council Chief Executive, Mike Palin; Nigel Wood, RFL CEO; and Saints’ Chairman, Eamonn McManus, CEO, Mike Rush and Business Development Manager and former skipper, Paul Sculthorpe.

It is hoped that the walkers’ efforts will raise £120,000 for worthy
causes.