Parliamentary Rugby League Group statement on Sport England funding to RFL
Following today’s (23 March) announcement of Sport England funding to the Rugby Football League for the period 2017-2021, All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chairman, Greg Mulholland MP, has made the following statement.
Mulholland, who is Group Chairman and Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, said:
“Whilst the reduction in Sport England funding for the Rugby Football League is considerable and of course presents some challenges, in the wider context of the government’s sport strategy and in comparison to other sports, this is a relatively good settlement for rugby league.
“Rugby league is a sport that has a proud history of providing opportunities for people to get active, and though it is disappointing that its core Sport England funding has been reduced, I am sure that the RFL are working hard to create new funding streams for the game as we look towards the Rugby League World Cup in England in 2021.
“In addition to the core settlement, the Rugby Football League, clubs and other rugby league organisations across the United Kingdom are able to bid into other Sport England funding streams to promote participation in the sport, and I hope other organisations will work closely with the Rugby Football League to secure additional funding.”