More than 30 Rugby League clubs, schools and community organisations from across England are the latest beneficiaries of small grants from the RLWC2021 CreatedBy programme

The following awards total almost £230,000 taking the grand total of RLWC2021 small grants to more than £780,000 and the total number of award recipients to 129.

Halifax Panthers Wheelchair Rugby League Club – £11,100 to help increase wheelchair Rugby League participation at several age groups and ultimately create a new development team and a junior squad of U16s.

Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, says:

“The Rugby League World Cup is going to be the nation’s biggest celebration of international sport this year and with these grants our RLWC2021 partners are also building a legacy for our game beyond 2021.

“Once this pandemic is behind us, we will see more and more people participating in Rugby League, so it’s essential that the quality of facilities keeps pace. Even in the depths of winter, in the midst of another lockdown, Rugby League is building strong foundations for the future.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, adds:

“Our CreatedBy grants programme amounts to an unprecedented level of investment in the game, with every £1 invested matched by additional funding. Rugby League’s places are becoming even more welcoming and even more inclusive. More people than ever will be experiencing Rugby League and the social impact will be genuinely transformative.”

CreatedBy RLWC2021 is government investment delivered in partnership by Rugby League World Cup 2021, the RFL, Sport England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Clubs, organisations and communities that run Rugby League activities are encouraged to apply for legacy funding online at

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will kick off on 23 October 2021, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously, under one tournament banner for the first time.



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