About Us

The Ultimate Rugby League Touring Experience

If you’re looking to make 2019 a year to remember then look no further. With over 170 teams and 6000 people set to join us, the Rhinos Challenge is one of the most exciting events on the youth Rugby League calendar.

Going on tour provides a rare and exciting opportunity for your players, coaches and supporters to build team spirit and morale. Our goal at the Rhinos Challenge is simple – to provide a positive, exciting Rugby League experience for everyone involved, one that the children will remember with their families and friends for years to come.

In 2019, we will be staging two fantastic Rhinos Challenge festivals. Butlin’s Skegness will host our annual festival for Amateur Club teams, in the U7 to U15 boys and U12 & U14 girls age sections. Click here for info. In addition, we’re delighted to be staging a new Rhinos Challenge festival for School teams (boys & girls Years 7, 8 & 9) at PGL Boreatton Park in Shropshire. Click here for info.

Professional Organisation

The Rhinos Challenge is staged by ESF Events, in partnership with Leeds Rhinos, Butlins and PGL. With a passion for sport and with 30 years experience organising some of the biggest and most prestigious youth sports festivals in the UK and Europe, our teams tell us that our tournament organisation and attention to detail is second to none.

Every aspect of the game, its safety and ethos will be upheld to the highest standards and the tournament is organised in accordance with the regulations of the RFL.

Financial Protection

All payments made to ESF Events Ltd are fully protected. ESF Events are members of ABTOT – The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for ESF Events Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK;
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK;
4. accommodation only bookings;

1, 2, 3 and 4 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with ESF Events Ltd.

Only contracts made with ESF Events Limited as a principal operator of the bookings will be covered by ABTOT. Bookings with, and payments made directly to, Butlin’s are not covered by ABTOT.

Child Protection

All staff employed by ESF Events Ltd, Leeds Rhinos, Butlin’s & PGL are DBS checked.

First Aid / Health & Safety

The safety and wellbeing of your party is our number one priority. Professional First Aid cover is provided at all Rhinos Challenge pitch locations. Butlin’s and PGL are both fully licenced venues that meet the Health & Safety standards required by law.

ESF Score Centre

View fixtures, schedules and results from the Rhinos Challenge on the ESF Score Centre.

Celebrity Presentations

With dramatic sound and lighting effects, our spectacular presentation ceremonies are the highlight of the tour for many of our teams.

Request a brochure

Complete a brochure request form and we’ll send you a free copy of the Rhinos Challenge 2019 Brochure.