Secretary of State welcomes Rugby League World Cup 2021 plans
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today (Thursday 1 November) welcomed the projected economic and social impact of the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair, Judith Cummins MP, raised the impact of the tournament at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions in the House of Commons. “The Government’s support for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup is very welcome. With three years to go until the tournament, will the Minister welcome the significant economic benefit that the tournament will deliver to the north of England, and recognise the fantastic legacy programme that has been put together, which will have a lasting impact on communities across the north?”
The Secretary of State responded “I will certainly do that, and I know that she will welcome the £15 million exchequer funding that will go to support event delivery, but she is right that the legacy is important.”
The men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby League World Cups will be staged together for the first time in 2021 across England. Successful hosts will be announced in early 2019.
Speaking afterwards, All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins MP, said “I’m delighted that the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions staged together, predominantly in the north of England.
“The tournament will deliver significant economic benefits to host cities and regions, and the tournament’s substantial capital grants programme will leave a considerable legacy for the community game.
“The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group will continue to work closely with the Rugby League World Cup 2021 team to ensure that the tournament is able to transcend rugby league, and inspire more young people to get involved with our great sport.”