What we do


The Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation was launched in 2014 with one simple aim:

More People playing Rugby League more often.

Working with a range of partners, the foundation will continue the good work that Rochdale Hornets have undertaken for numerous years with local community clubs, schools and individuals whilst operating in a stringent financial manner.

Using the power of professional sport, we will inspire children and adults to lead a healthier, fuller life and take a pride in their local community by using a variety of fun, engaging quality assured programmes.



We deliver the award winning Primary Rugby League programme developed and quality assured by The RFL.

The programme is participant centred and focused on providing small sided games targeted at a child’s correct physical literacy level.

Primary Rugby League can be delivered in school PE lessons as part of the pupil premium, as PPA cover or as a lunchtime/afterschool club.

Our community coaches deliver a block of coaching and schools are then invited to take part in our mini festival each term.

Away from school sessions we also deliver outreach sessions and holiday clubs all centred on the Primary Rugby League model.

We provide an exit route via our links with local community clubs Rochdale Mayfield, Rochdale Cobras and Littleborough Wolves.

Tailored programmes are available depending on the school’s needs- please get in touch for more information.


Rochdale Hornets are an accredited England RL Player Development Centre and we run talent development camps every half term holiday.

We identify talented players primarily from the Rochdale Schools Cup and from local community clubs.

Our coaches can run after school satellite sessions that will get your school team up and running and provide a link to playing for a team outside of school.

We will also organise the calendar of fixtures and festivals for all secondary schools in the Borough across all age groups and the School Cup finals will be held at Spotland Stadium in May.

The foundation are also an accredited tier 3 academy and alongside Hopwood Hall College can provide a unique opportunity to develop your rugby skills alongside your academic studies upon leaving school.


Rugby League as a sport can be used to engage traditionally hard to reach groups.

We use the Play Touch Rugby League programme as a fun, non-contact version of the game to engage those who are lapsed rugby league players as well as adults who fancy an alternative way of keeping fit in a team sport environment.

Sport is also a fantastic way to break down barriers and discuss wider health and social issues and by using positive, friendly role models. Sessions can be tailored towards specific client groups and we have successfully delivered mental health awareness programmes, NEET (not in education, employment or training) engagement placements and wheelchair rugby league sessions in the past.

If you have a hard to reach group or are looking for a different way of engaging people please do not hesitate to get in touch!


The Hornets Ladies burst onto the scene in 2013 and in their first season went on to be runners up in the Women’s Amateur Rugby League Challenge Cup final.

A move to summer rugby followed and the ladies team now play in the RFL’s Women’s League between March-September each year.

The team is always on the lookout for new players and caters for those new to the sport as well as ladies who want to get fit in a team environment.

Training is once a week with games played traditionally on Sundays.


The Hornets have taken on a fantastic new facility in Middleton that will give us a base for our work going forward.

The site at Mossway, which already include a full size pitch and training areas along with modern changing rooms is fully funded by donations and will be developed in the years to come to include a community room and all weather training facility.

A range of activities will be developed at the site, led by the community, to complement the Rugby League activities.

If you want to be involved please get in touch!


The Rochdale Hornets Foundation provide all of the ball boys and mascots for the Hornets fixtures at Spotland Stadium.

We can also provide local community clubs and groups the chance to be involved with our pre game activity via curtain raisers.

If you want to get involved with the Foundation please get in touch today!


01706 648004

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