More of Rugby League’s community clubs are in line for a cash injection thanks to Sport England’s award of an additional £150,000 to the RFL through its Tackling Inequalities Fund.
Last year more than 70 community clubs each received up to £3,000 during the initial round of funding to support their return to play. Once again, the cash will help community clubs, particularly those in Rugby League’s most deprived communities, get back on their feet as they emerge from the pandemic.
RFL Vice-President Mike Smith adds:
“This is another very welcome cash injection into our game from Sport England and the National Lottery. It’s particularly pleasing that the RFL’s emphasis will again be on supporting participants from under-represented groups, with a focus on disability rugby league, women and girls, ethnic minorities and more of our community clubs in disadvantaged areas.”
Marc Lovering, RFL Director of Participation and Development, adds:
“Last time around we were delighted to be able to 70-odd community clubs, supporting their return to play and meeting additional costs associated with first aid and PPE, training equipment and venue fees. Just as we did in the initial round of funding, our community team will be contacting eligible parties, inviting them to apply and supporting them through the process over the coming weeks.”
Through its Tackling Inequalities Fund, Sport England aims to address the impact of the pandemic on activity levels among underrepresented groups within deprived communities. The fund is part of Sport England’s overall £210million support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19.