Parliamentary Group welcomes Rugby League World Cup 2021 legacy programme launch
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed the launch of the Rugby League World Cup 2021’s ‘Inspired by 2021’ legacy programme.
The programme was launched last night (19 June) and comprises three key strands: volunteers, facilities and community engagement. It will look to engage the widest possible audience to ensure that the tournament helps to grow rugby league, as well as delivering a wider social benefit.
The first initiative to launch is the International Development Programme, which will be delivered in partnership with UK Sport and the Rugby League International Federation, and will seek to support the sport in developing rugby league countries around the world.
At the launch, it was also announced that Unicef UK would become the official charity of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. The partnership will use the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work to protect children in danger around the world.
Further ‘Inspired by 2021’ programmes will included volunteer workforce and funded community facility projects, as well as cultural, heritage, public health, education and participation initiatives.
All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins MP, said “I am delighted that the Rugby League World Cup 2021 have launched their ‘Inspired by 2021’ legacy programme, which has the potential to be truly transformational for the sport.
“The International Development Programme, which is the first initiative to launch, is an exciting opportunity to provide support for developing rugby league nations, and will mean that the tournament helps to strengthen international rugby league globally.
“The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group looks forward to working closely with the Rugby League World Cup 2021 team to ensure that the tournament is able to transcend rugby league, and inspire people to get involved with our great sport, in the United Kingdom and abroad.”