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National Sporting Heritage Day 2023

Details of all the activities the Sheffield Eagles Heritage Project organised linked to National Sporting Heritage Day 2023.

On the 30th September of every year Sporting Heritage organise National Sporting Heritage Day (#NSHD) and the Sheffield Eagles Heritage Project was delighted to take part. You can find more details of what we organised here.

National Sporting Heritage Day

Sporting Heritage celebrates the UK’s sporting heritage supporting the collection, preservation, access, and research of sporting heritage in the UK and wider. As part of this on the 30th September of every year they organise National Sporting Heritage Date (#NSHD) and the Sheffield Eagles Heritage Project are delighted to be taking part.

Rather than organising something specific for the 30th September the Heritage Project had a series of events and activities throughout September. September is important to the Club as they played their first ever game on 2nd September 1984. Therefore next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sheffield Eagles, with events and activities planned throughout the year to mark this special season.

We’ve brought together details of all the #NHSD related activities we’ve been involved in, just click on the links below to find more information.


The Heritage Project worked with the Club to make the home game on 3rd September the first ever Sheffield Eagles Heritage Game - the game closest to the anniversary of the first ever Sheffield Eagles game on 2nd September 1984. In the future the home game closest to the 2nd September will become Heritage Game that year.

To read more click HERE.


The Sheffield Eagles Past Players Association was launched to coincide with the 2023 Heritage Game. You can find more details of the Association by clicking HERE.

Hall of Fame and Roll of Honour

As part of the Sheffield Eagles 2023 End of Season Presentation on 29th September new inductees to the Sheffield Eagles Hall of Fame and Roll of Honour were announced. You can find more details of membership of both by clicking HERE. Details of the new inductees will be included after they have been announced.

The Story of Rugby League in Sheffield

After some research by the Sheffield Eagles Heritage Project it has become clear that there were attempts to establish Rugby League in Sheffield before the Sheffield Eagles in 1984. In fact there were attempts even before it was known as Rugby League. Find out more HERE.

How the Sheffield Eagles Started

You can read more about how the Sheffield Eagles started by clicking HERE.

You can watch full footage of the first ever Sheffield Eagles game in 1984 HERE.

You can watch a video of the first 10 years of the Sheffield Eagles HERE.

Sheffield Eagles - Literacy Kicks

The Sheffield Eagles Heritage Project working with the Literacy Kicks project delivered 21 literacy workshops at 9 schools in Sheffield throughout September. The workshops used the Sheffield Eagles historic 1998 Challenge Cup win as the starting point for children to write their own newspaper articles. You can find out more HERE.

Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby Team

The recently launched Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby Team played their first competitive games since they were formed in June as part of a tournament in Wath. You can read more HERE.

The Full Monty Game

As a result of Mark Addy's character Dave in the Full Monty film wearing the Sheffield Eagles 1996 away kit it has become known as the "Full Monty" shirt. The last game of the regular season on 24th September 2023 was designated the Full Monty game. Read more about it HERE.

Sporting Heritage

Sporting Heritage is a Community Interest Company dedicated to supporting the protection, understanding and celebration of the nation’s sporting heritage. They are based in Leeds and deliver work across the UK. They support sports clubs, governing bodies, schools, community groups, cultural organisations, diverse representatives, universities, and individuals across the UK, working with them to:

  • Understand the importance of sporting heritage.
  • Develop knowledge and interest in how to collect, preserve, display and provide access to sporting heritage.
  • Demonstrate the role of sporting heritage across a range of other agendas such as mental health and education.

Sporting Heritage was established in 2012 because despite the rich sporting heritage of the UK the protection, preservation and celebration of it is often overlook. Therefore Sporting Heritage aims to help keep sporting stories alive across the four nations, in communities, schools, sports groups and museums. This can help them be key drivers of wellbeing; education; community engagement; heritage and sport participation; and tourism objectives.

You can find more about Sporting Heritage HERE.


Richard King