Community clubs urged to cash in on Rugby League World Cup  

Rugby League’s community clubs are being urged to join in the sport’s largest ever player recruitment drive, with up to £500 available now to help clubs deliver a festival or similar event during August.

The new grant scheme is the first stage of the RFL’s InspiredBy campaign, which aims to drive up participation in Rugby League in all its variations across England before, during, and after RLWC.

Community clubs are being supported in their efforts to encourage children and young people to give Rugby League a go, as a step towards becoming regular players. InspiredBy will also help community clubs to become ‘World Cup Ready’ and build support for the three England teams.

RFL Head of Growth, Thomas Brindle, explains: “It’s World Cup year and the profile of the tournament offers a huge opportunity for all of us involved in the game to inspire others to come and find out what Rugby League is all about.

“Grants are available now to help community clubs put on a festival or event aimed at giving young people their first taste of Rugby League. This can be during the day or in the evening – whenever and whatever works best to reach the greatest number of children and young people within a particular local community.”

“InspiredBy is also about bringing some of the colour and vibrancy of the World Cup to community clubs. This is what we mean by ‘World Cup Ready’ – providing clubs with the collateral they need, such as bunting, balls and posters, to bring the World Cup to life at their home grounds and to demonstrate their support for our three England teams.”

Community clubs are urged to apply online by CLICKING HERE now, outlining their proposed activity and explaining how it will attract new participants to Rugby League.

The application process is quick and easy, and successful clubs will be offered a range of support in promoting their activities.

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