Who We Are

girls cheerOur objectives are simple: to promote the game of rugby league by highlighting one of its greatest assets – its women.

Although exact figures aren’t available (don’t worry, we are working on that) it’s believed that on match days up to 40 per cent of the crowd is made up of women and children.

That’s a pretty big percentage. Behind the scenes, especially at community level, clubs rely on an army of women to sell, manage, organise and promote the sport.

And the men and boys who play? Well, they too rely on the support of wives, mums and volunteers to make sure they can get to games or can focus on their sport without the distractions of domesticity.

In short, take away the women involved in rugby league, and the sport might just have a problem!

We will have special events at rugby league games which will be exclusive to our members, with special offers and VIP access.  There will be networking get-togethers with top players and figures in the game, plus training and mentoring opportunities for our members.

We will share ideas, skills and expertise, and at the end of our inaugural year, there will be an awards ceremony to reward their hard work.

As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, any money we raise through sponsorship or events will go towards our services to members and to charitable causes close to the game.


Angela Powers – Chair


Angela has been a reporter and presenter of Sky Sports’ rugby league programmes for more than 17 years – not surprising then that she has developed a passion for the game on and off the pitch.

She came up with the concept of Her RLA after watching and admiring the work, effort and passion that women put into the sport. After sharing her ideas with other women it became clear that an organisation that celebrated and supported women would be hugely popular. And so Her Rugby League Association was born.

Angela produced and presented Super League Super Stars, and reports for the Sky Sports magazine programme Boots N All. She also writes for Forty-20 Magazine.  A Warrington season ticket holder, she goes to games with her partner Dean, a Rhinos fan. She has two sons Lucas and Michael.

Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy


Jacqueline is the founder of the North West Inspiring Women Awards, which recognises the achievements of women in many spheres of life, including the arts, business and community. She is a regular contributor  to BBC Radio Manchester, reviewing the newspapers and commenting on business issues.

A relative newcomer to rugby league, she follows Salford after choosing to entertain corporate clients at the Willows and falling in love with the game. She has two grown up independent children and two dependent dogs.

Joanne Hawkins


Joanne runs a growing business supporting companies with their back office support and business growth. Executive VPA was formed in early 2012 with a foundation of 25 years’ experience.

Joanne came on board with Her RLA after only a few chats with Angela when she realised that passionate conversations about Rugby League can in fact happen between two women, a welcome change.

Having been an avid fan of Rugby League for the past 12 years (a mere novice in some circles), she has supported a team through the hardest of times as a supporter and sponsor.  Although based in Warrington, Joanne is a true Salford Red Devils supporter and now watches with her partner, daughter and granddaughter.

Debbie Thompson


Debbie grew up in St Helens and developed her love for the sport after going to watch games with her grandfather.  With a background in finance, she moved from the banking sector to help St Helens RLFC develop commercially.

She now runs her own business, DT Commercial Consultancy, and helps companies build sound commercial strategies. Her holiday highlight of 2013 was travelling to Australia to watch the NRL Grand Final.