Rugby League World Cup visits Parliament
As part of the year-to-go celebrations for the Rugby League World Cup 2013, MPs and Peers in the Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomed the Rugby League World Cup trophy into the Palace of Westminster.
The trophy was part of a presentation by RLWC2013 General Manager Sally Bolton to the Group as she discussed how the preparations for tournament, the first major international sports event after the Olympic Games, were progressing.
Members and Associate Members heard about the plan for the tournament, as well as details on a number of aspects of interest to the Group. Bolton explained “It’s an honour to be the first major sports event in the UK after the Games, but we have to ensure we get it right. I am very pleased to say that we are on schedule, with unprecedented levels of interest from fans all over the world.
Members of Parliament were particularly interested in the Festival of World Cups running in association with the main event and what the tournament would bring to constituencies throughout the UK. Bolton added “Britain now has a solid platform for sporting excellence and major event delivery. Our programme to bring rugby league to a wider community is a fundamental part of the RLWC2013 and one that will make it the most inclusive and welcoming ever.
“Chairing the meeting, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland praised the team on behalf of the Group for their work to date, saying: “The Rugby League World Cup 2013 presents the first opportunity of the UK to deliver the Olympic Games’ legacy. We heard today about how well things are going in the build-up to the tournament. It is hardly surprising; rugby league already engenders the community spirit seen during the Games, so huge levels
applications to volunteer for the tournament is not surprising.
“Colleagues in the Group were pleased by what we heard and we in the Group will continue to call on our Parliamentary colleagues and the Government to what they can to support what will be a wonderful showpiece of British sport.”