Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomes London Foundation
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed the London Rugby League Foundation as a new Associate Member.
Established in 2014 as a charitable trust, the Foundation aims to increase participation and engagement in rugby league in London and the surrounding counties. The Foundation has a broad remit for developing the sport, and aims to grow the rugby league community in London by delivering fantastic sporting experiences, pathways to excel, and opportunities to improve health, lifestyle and skills. In February it launched the Sky Try initiative, to deliver high quality coaching in over 50 primary and secondary schools.
The Foundation is the first such organisation to become an Associate (non-Parliamentary) Member of the Group. It joins clubs at all levels of the game, including Super League Clubs Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors, to community clubs Brentwood Eels and Bramley Buffaloes. Chicago Stockyarders became the Group’s first international club member in January 2015.
As well as clubs, the Group welcomes other organisations and individuals who agree to the Group’s constitution and its sole remit to “support the game of rugby league football”, as Associate Members. Associate Members are welcome at the Group’s meetings in the Palace of Westminster.
Welcoming the Foundation, the Group’s Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, said “I’m delighted that the London Rugby League Foundation has joined the Parliamentary Rugby League Group as an Associate Member. The importance of developing rugby league in London cannot be underestimated, and the Foundation has already achieved a lot in its short history. The Group welcomes Associate Members from across the country, and they continue to provide a vital direct link to the game, from the elite to grassroots level.”
Dan Steel, the Director of the London Rugby League Foundation, commented “we are thrilled to have joined the Parliamentary Rugby League Group. The Group has played an important role over the last 26 years, especially in developing the game in areas outside of its traditional heartlands such as London. This is an exciting time for rugby league in the capital, and I am sure that the Group will support the Foundation in its attempts to expand the reach of the game.”