Northumbria Sport has a thriving Team Northumbria rugby league programme currently ranked number 1 in the UK (based on overall BUCS points). Rugby league is included within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition, with Team Northumbria athlete scholarships available.

Team Northumbria has successfully developed its athlete pathway to incorporate high-quality coaching from Head Coach Jason Payne, alongside strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, nutrition and psychological support.