Parliament celebrates rugby league in London and the South East
Last night the Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomed clubs from across London and the South East to the Palace of Westminster to showcase the breadth of the sport in and around the capital.
The event was held in conjunction with the London Rugby League Foundation, an Associate Member of the Group, which aims to increase participation and engagement in rugby league in London and the surrounding counties. Whilst the Foundation was only established in 2014 as a charitable trust, rugby league in London has a long and proud history, with active clubs established across London and the South East.
Representatives from clubs and the Foundation joined London and South East MPs and Members of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group at the reception to celebrate the game.
Commenting on the event was Leeds North West MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Greg Mulholland. He said “it was great to bring clubs from London and the South East to Parliament for a celebration of rugby league. I enjoyed meeting volunteers who work hard to develop the game, and hope that both the Parliamentary Rugby League Group and their local MPs will be able to offer continued support.”
Catherine West – Member of Parliament for London constituency Hornsey and Wood Green MP, home of London Skolars – attended the event and met representatives of Skolars. She said “ this was a great evening to celebrate the sport in and around London. Rugby league brings something unique and important to young people in my constituency and the Foundation and those volunteers in the sport are to be applauded for their work. This was a very special way for us to thank them.”
Dan Steel, Director of the London Rugby League Foundation, commented “this was an excellent illustration of the support for rugby league in and around London. It’s great to see that there is support for rugby league in London and the South East in Parliament, and I thank the Parliamentary Rugby League Group for their support. I hope that clubs will continue to work closely with their local MPs, to expand the reach of the game.”