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10th June 2016, 11:32 | therfl

Rugby League Cares Launch Development Projects

Rugby League Cares Launch Development Projects

Sport England and Rugby League Cares supported by the RFL are proud to officially launch their ‘Local Rugby League Development Projects.

Jo Drapier and Hannah Bladen from Sport England presented a cheque for £566,248 at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle on Saturday 21st May. The money will help launch the Sport England Local Rugby League Development Projects, and provide access to a range of Rugby League offerings which will make a considerable impact in growing the game across non-traditional areas.

These local projects will be delivered across Cumbria, Coventry, Hull, London, Newcastle as well as within Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees. By working with local delivery partners they each aim to improve participation over a 12-month period. Engaging with individuals and communities who have not traditionally participated in the sport, each project now offers exciting opportunities that are designed by local knowledge and Rugby League insight.

The projects will provide excellent opportunities for a range of people to get involved in the sport and test new and innovative ways of working. Each project will help to influence and contribute to the ongoing development of Rugby League across the country so that many more can play, enjoy and benefit from the sport.

From women and girls, university students, black and minority ethnic communities, older adults as well as those aged 14 years and over; thousands of new participants will engage with the game in different ways. From full contact, Touch and Tag variations of the game, to Masters and Walking Rugby League as well as fitness related training sessions, people will be able to try out a way of playing Rugby League that’s right for them.  No previous experience is needed and every project welcomes those from all backgrounds and abilities.

The aim of the programme will be to take a bottom-up approach to participation, engaging and sustaining people from around the UK where historically we haven’t seen widespread levels of participation. Rugby League Cares will work alongside each project lead as well as the key delivery partners to monitor and evaluate each area throughout the year in order to gain valuable insight as to how people connect with the game.

If you would like more information on how to get involved in any of the project’s, then please visit or get in touch with Chris Rankin-Wright (Rugby League Cares Programme Manager) via