West Hull ARLFC

About Us

About us

At West Hull ARLFC, we believe rugby is more than a sport, it’s a platform to empower individuals, build local communities and promote inclusion. That’s why whether you’re looking to play or spectate, we’re always happy to have new people become part of our family.

Located at North Road, West Hull, we run teams for all ages from 4 years and above and supported by qualified UKCC Level 2 coaches. If you would like more details of how you can take part and join any of our teams, please contact us.

A Brief History

Starting from 1961 as then Birds Eye ARLFC, we have a significant history in rugby, from our early years, we became one of the top teams in the country; with victories in competitions both locally and nationally across the decades. Our most recent in the National Conference League Premier Division in 2020.


West Hull ARLFC had its beginnings in the early 1960s, when a local football team called Eskimo decided to play rugby league. With most of the players working at the local Birds Eye factory on Hessle Road, the rugby team was formed in 1961 and was called Birds Eye ARLFC.

By the end of the 60s, Birds Eye had become not only one of the top teams in Hull but also in the country. They won many local competitions and became a top force in the Yorkshire and National competitions. 


In 1971, Birds Eye ARLFC won the Amateur Yorkshire Cup and following the formation of the British Amateur Rugby League Association, Birds Eye ALRFC became West Hull ARLFC.

During the 1970's, West Hull ALRFC won and were runners up twice in the BARLA Yorkshire Cup, as well as reaching the 1978 / 79 National Cup Final, losing to Pilkington Recreation ARLFC. In the same year we developed our first Under 19's team.

In the late 1970's, West Hull ARLFC broke history by becoming the first amateur team to beat a professional team in 90 years when they defeated Halifax at the old Thrum Hall ground.


In the 1980's, West Hull ARLFC made records by becoming five time winners of the BARLA Yorkshire Cup and our Under 19's team reached the national stage, winning the 1985 / 86 National Youth Cup.

In 1986, the National League was formed after a meeting with leading BARLA officials. West Hull ARLFC were one of the founding members of this league and reached new heights in the 1988 / 1989 season when they won the National League Championship.


In the 1990's, West Hull ARLFC reached the top of the amateur tree, scoring victories in the 1994 / 95 National Cup Championship, and became Premier Division champions in three consecutive seasons from 1996 / 97 to 1999 / 2000.

West Hull ARLFC again broke history in 1996 by becoming the first amateur team to reach the fifth round of the Challenge Cup. During this time our Under 18's team also set new precedents by winning the Yorkshire Cup four consecutive seasons, coming runners up in the fifth; as well as winning both the National Youth League Championship and National Youth Cup twice, scoring runners up in the National Youth Cup 1993 / 94 season.


In the 2000's, West Hull ARLFC won the National Conference Premier Division for the fourth season in succession, their fifth overall championship win in six seasons. The team also achieved the 'golden double' by winning the National Cup, which no other club has achieved before.

West Hull ARLFC became runners up in the National Conference Premier Division and NCL Grand Final.


Since 2010, West Hull ARLFC have had further success, winning the National Conference League Premier League Grand Final and the Conference Challenge Cup in both 2013 / 14 and 2014 / 15 seasons.

Over the last few years, we have spent time rebuilding and honing our teams, and in 2018 we once again won the BARLA National Cup Final and were NCL Premier runners up.

In 2019, we were runners up in the National Cup and once again won the NCL Grand Final; our third such victory in the seven years.

Constitution and Values

West Hull ARLFC is committed to the best and safe practice of the sport we love so dearly and to ensure the wellbeing of the team, our fans and wider communities. 

If you have any questions about any our policies, please contact us.


Playing facilities

We have 2 full size rugby pitches and 1 training pitch with other training areas around the site. We also have a fenced-off Multi Use Games Area which is suitable for use in adverse weather.

The club has also recently purchased an outside refreshment cabin which will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks and sweets etc.

Changing rooms

Our Sport England standard changing rooms block has 4 changing rooms and 2 shower blocks. There is also a match officials & treatment room.


Our clubhouse is laid out across a single storey and has the capacity to hold 150 people. It has a full bar, kitchen, accessible toilets and PA system. We have parking facilities for approximately 100 cars.

The clubhouse is available to hire for special occasions such as birthdays, Christenings, anniversaries, sporting presentations, sportsman’s lunches and weddings.

If you are interested enquiring about the use of our facilities, you can find out more by clicking here.

Our Partners

West Hull ARLFC is proudly sponsored by the following partners, supporting us to make a difference and inspire local communities on a local and national level.

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