The Rhinos Challenge at PGL, Shropshire

Following on from the unparalleled success of the Rhinos Challenge for amateur club teams, which is now the UK’s biggest Rugby League festival with over 170 amateur club teams participating annually, Leeds Rhinos, ESF Events & PGL are delighted to launch the Rhinos Challenge for school teams.

The Ultimate Rugby League School Residential

The Rhinos Challenge provides a rare and exciting opportunity for school teams to build team spirit and morale. Our goal is simple – to provide a positive, exciting Rugby League experience for everyone involved, one that the children will remember with their teammates for years to come.

Based at PGL’s superb Boreatton Park activity centre in Shropshire, the festival will bring together boys & girls Year 7, 8 & 9 teams, for an unforgettable weekend of Rugby and adventure.

The Rhinos Challenge is a professionally organised rugby league festival. The festival is staged by Leeds Rhinos Foundation and ESF Events. All teams will play festival fIxtures on both the Saturday and Sunday, before the festival concludes with our celebrity presentations on Sunday afternoon.

Located in 250 acres of countryside in the heart of the Shropshire, the impressive PGL Activity Centre at Boreatton Park has been carefully selected as the base for the Rhinos Challenge schools event.

PGL is the UK’s leading outdoor education provider, delivering inspirational learning through adventure. PGL take learning outside to challenge, engage and inspire your students, helping them reach further and achieve more. After the rugby finishes each day, Boreatton Park has everything needed to keep your students busy, with a huge range of adventure activities on land and water, and great evening entertainment provided.

There are plenty of accommodation options too, with the tented village, wooden lodges and Mansion House offering comfortable accommodation, all of which include a full board dining package in the prices quoted.

To reserve your team places at the 2019 Rhinos Challenge for School teams, call ESF Events on 01664 566360.

Dates, age groups and registration fees

Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 2019
Year 7 Girls: 9-a-side
Year 7 Boys: 9-a-side
Year 8 Girls: 9-a-side
Year 8 Boys: 9-a-side
Year 9 Girls: 9-a-side
Year 9 Boys: 9-a-side
Team registration fee:
There are no team entry fees to the Rhinos Challenge. All costs associated with the festival are included in the accommodation charges. It is therefore a condition of entry to the festival that accommodation for your whole party, including players, teachers and support staff, must be booked through ESF Events.

Accommodation prices

Tented Village

Students: 4 per tent
Teachers: 1 -2 per tent
Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 2019£209pp

Mansion House

Students: Rooms sleep 6 – 14
Teachers: En suite twin rooms
Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 2019£219pp


Students: Rooms sleep 4 - 6
Teachers: En suite twin rooms
Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 2019£229pp

PRICES INCLUDE: All costs associated with the rugby festival* 1 free adult place for every 10 children* 2 nights accommodation at PGL Boreatton Park* Full board dining plan* 5 x PGL led activities and PGL evening entertainment

Stages of Booking

Make a provisional booking
Call ESF Events on 01664 566360 and, subject to availability, you can reserve team places free of charge for 4 weeks.

Confirm Booking
Complete the Booking Form and return to ESF Events, including payment of a deposit of £20 per child. ESF Events will email you a confirmation of booking and accommodation rooming list.

Accommodation details and final payment
The final balance payment must be paid in full and the final accommodation rooming list must be returned to ESF Events no later than 26 April 2019

Terms & Conditions

  • Please refer to the Terms & Conditions of booking. Click here.
  • All members of your party (players, teachers, support staff) must book their accommodation through ESF Events Ltd.
  • Accommodation Prices are per person (Inc. VAT) for 2 nights accommodation.
  • Accommodation grades and sizes of unit listed above are subject to availability.
  • Additional grades of accommodation may be available.
  • All Adults attending the Rhinos Challenge with your group must have a current DBS/CRC check in place.

Call 01664 566360 to Book Now or click here to email us

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.