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6 Oct 2021

Celebrating the Tackling Inequalities Fund

Celebrating the Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Rugby Football League is today celebrating the impact of the Tackling Inequalities Fund, which it was awarded to support communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and reduce the widening inequalities in sport and physical activity.

The Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) was set up in April 2020, with Rugby League joining the programme in September 2020, as part of Sport England's support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

From the insight Sport England were gathering, it quickly became clear that certain groups of people were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active. These groups being:

  • Lower socio economic groups - Much of our Community Club regions
  • Disabled people - Wheelchair RL, Learning Disability RL and Physical Disability RL
  • Women & Girls - Supported by Community Clubs and Foundations

The fund has helped these groups within Rugby League 'Return to Play' during the pandemic. With a total of £300,000 to award, the fund is still on-going until the end of the funding period in March 2022.

To find out more about the Tackling Inequalities Fund click HERE.

So far, the Rugby Football League have given 193 Rugby League organisations the opportunity to apply for this fund - 83 organisations have applied to date and we have supported them all through the process to award them a grant.

See the video below to find out more about the story of the Tackling Inequalities Fund so far and the impact this has had for organisations across the country:


The 83 organisations who have received funding are:

  • Oldham St Annes
  • Hindpool Tigers
  • Wigan St Cuthberts
  • East Leeds
  • Dewsbury Celtic
  • West Bank Bears
  • Fryston Warriors
  • West Bowling
  • Bradford Dudley Hill
  • Sheffield Hawks
  • Blackbrook
  • Farnley Falcons
  • Hunslet Club Parkside
  • Leigh Miners Rangers
  • Ince Rose Bridge
  • Brighouse Rangers
  • York Acorn
  • Dearne Valley Bulldogs
  • Illingworth
  • Shaw Cross Sharks
  • Gateshead Storm
  • Wibsey Warriors
  • Normanton Knights
  • Wigan St Patricks
  • Eastmoor Dragons
  • Folly Lane
  • Thatto Heath Crusaders
  • Rylands Sharks
  • Cadishead Rhinos
  • Lock Lane
  • Siddal
  • Dewsbury Moor
  • Batley
  • Limehurst Lions
  • Maryport
  • Haydock
  • Hull Wyke
  • Newton Storm
  • Stanningley
  • Thornhill Trojans
  • Featherstone Lions
  • Heysham Atoms
  • Lowca
  • Westhoughton Lions
  • Rochdale Mayfield
  • Golborne Parkside
  • Latchford Giants
  • Newcastle Magpies
  • Dalton
  • Crigglestone All Blacks
  • Orrell St James
  • Clock Face Miners
  • Hull Dockers
  • Salford City Roosters
  • Milford
  • Widnes Moorfield Tigers
  • Shevington Sharks
  • Gravesend
  • Halifax Wheelchair
  • Hull FC
  • Leyland Warriors
  • Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair
  • Medway Dragons
  • Mersey Storm Wheelchair
  • Swindon St George
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington Wheelchair
  • Sheffield Wheelchair
  • Halifax
  • Rochdale
  • Swinton
  • Bradford
  • Hull FC
  • Widnes
  • Castleford Tigers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington Wolves
  • Telford Raiders
  • Wigan Spring View
  • Fryston Warriors
  • Wigan Bulldogs
  • Bolsover Bulls

The fund continues to help Rugby League recover from the pandemic, and there’s still time for Rugby League organisations to apply for a slice of the £300,000. Please contact the Rugby Football League's Development Team to find out if your organisation could benefit from support of the fund. 

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