Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomes Prince Harry as new patron of the Rugby Football League
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Harry as the new patron of the Rugby Football League.
The appointment follows the announcement that Her Majesty The Queen will be standing down from the role. During her time as patron, The Queen attended a variety of rugby league events, including presenting the Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium, and the opening of BARLA Headquarters.
However, it has been some time since Her Majesty and The Royal Family have been involved in the sport, and the Group hopes that Prince Harry’s appointment will see the renewal of royal involvement with rugby league.
Group Chairman and Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland MP, said “the Group is delighted at the appointment of His Royal Highness as the new patron of the Rugby Football League. Prince Harry is a huge fan of sport, and of rugby in particular, and I hope that that he will rekindle the Royal Family’s involvement in rugby league.”
“Rugby league is a fantastic sport and one that is embedded in local communities, where it is of huge importance to people, and it is also a sport played in towns and cities across the country. I hope that the rugby league authorities will be able to work closely with Prince Harry to encourage more young people to play rugby league, get active and stay healthy. I also look forward to once again seeing the Challenge Cup presented at Wembley Stadium by a member of The Royal Family.”
Group Vice-Chairman and Member of Parliament for Chorley, Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP, added “I welcome Prince Harry as the new patron of the Rugby Football League, and look forward to seeing His Royal Highness at a game in 2017. Rugby league is a sport which delivers genuine positive change for people of all ages in communities across the United Kingdom, and I hope that His Royal Highness’ involvement will help to grow rugby league, and ensure that it receives the recognition it deserves.”
Member of Parliament for Colne Valley and Group Vice-Chairman, Jason McCartney MP, said “it has been an honour for the sport to have Her Majesty The Queen as its patron. I hope that Prince Harry’s involvement will help to further build the profile of rugby league across the UK, and encourage more people to enjoy the health and social benefits it brings.”