The North West Counties A.R.L. were a series of rugby league regional leagues in the North West of England. Most clubs at open age level joined the North West Men's League in 2011 and 2012 but it carried on until folding part way through the 2014–15 season [1].

The league is linked to the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA).


Following the formation of British Amateur Rugby League Association in 1973, local District Leagues got together and pooled their resources. The North West Counties was formed by a merger of Leigh, Manchester, St Helens, Warrington, Widnes and Wigan districts. The NWCL began in 1975 with three divisions.

2014/15 line up

2013/14 line up

Upper Division

Lower Division

2012/13 line up

NW Counties 13-15s ARL

Based at Golborne Parkside Sports & Community Club and meeting on the first Wednesday of the month, the NW Counties 13-15's ARL have 105 teams and over 2,000 players registered for the 2012 Season.

Teams compete at three separate age groups i.e. under-13, under-14 & under-15 and participate in usually 4 divisions per age.

League games are played on Sunday mornings from the beginning of March with clubs competing for a series of silver NW Counties League Cups.

A further knock-out cup competition is also run and leads, at the end of July, to the season's finale the NW Counties 13-15s Cup/Development Cup Finals weekend. The League, along with the 8-12s & 16-18s Leagues also jointly run the NW Counties' Lancashire Cup which is now held at a professional ground.

The Winners of the Lancashire Cup usually go forward at U13s & U15s to represent the NW Counties 13-15s in an annual Easter-time Wars of the Roses Challenge against their equivalent champions from the Yorkshire Juniors ARL.

The League also hold a Presentation Day, at Chorley Town Hall, in November to hand out their medals and trophies.

The NW Counties 13-15's Management Committee comprises:

See also