Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomes rugby league honours
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed the recognition of two individuals for services to rugby league in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.
Mike Stephenson was awarded an MBE for services to rugby league and sports broadcasting. ‘Stevo’ was part of the Great Britain team who beat Australia to win the World Cup in 1972, and also played domestically for his home town Dewsbury. After hanging up his boots, he went on to front Sky Sports’ rugby league coverage, retiring in October 2016 after 26 years in broadcasting. Stephenson is also Honorary President of the Political Animals RLFC, a club comprising politicians from all levels and major political parties, which plays charitable and representative sides.
Tim Adams was also awarded an MBE for services to rugby league and horse racing. Adams was a Director of the Super League during the restructuring of the game, and was the Chairman of Sheffield Eagles when they won the Challenge Cup in 1998. He has also been Chairman of the RFL’s Benevolent Fund since 2005.
Group Chairman and Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland MP, said “The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has long called for greater recognition for the sport through the honours system, and I am delighted that Mike and Tim have been recognised for their services to rugby league. Both have made a huge contribution to the sport, and their honours are very well deserved. Mike was a key figure in the Great Britain team that won the 1972 World Cup and was an integral part of the Sky Sports rugby league commentary team prior to his retirement, whilst Tim has given a great deal to the game through his various roles, especially supporting the excellent work of the Benevolent Fund.”
“I hope that the sport receives even greater recognition in the future, particularly for the excellent work done by rugby league volunteers in communities across the United Kingdom, and I encourage community clubs to consider nominating those who have made a sustained contribution to the sport for an honour.”