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York RL Wheelchair Team Receive Boost


The grant, which has been awarded to help more people play rugby league at grassroots level in York, North Yorkshire, will help fund equipment as of the club’s brand-new Wheelchair Rugby League Team set launch in 2023.

York RLFC Foundation is set to receive £13,806.19 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. Delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, The National Lottery, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot made available by the government and The National Lottery to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.

The funding will be used to provide the initial outlay for 10 wheelchairs and supporting equipment that will help the club in it’s early stages.

Adam Prentis, Foundation Delivery Manager said “The speed at which the club has grown has been incredibly positive. This has been made possible thanks to those to the help of this funding, those already involved in the sport and those inspired by the RLWC. I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to our progress to date and look forward to maximizing this opportunity as time moves on.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, RLWC2021, said: “The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme is focused on ensuring the next generation of rugby league players have the best possible experience and barriers to participate are removed. We are delighted to award this grant to York RLFC Foundation and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community. Our thanks go to the government and The National Lottery, and its players, for supporting the CreatedBy programme.”

Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “Hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 offers so many opportunities for everyone involved in the game in this country and beyond, and the projects that will be delivered by the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme will be a big part of that transformation. The RFL are proud to be involved in that process, and we congratulate all the successful applicants - and look forward to the impact of this unprecedented level of investment in the game for years to come.”

Charles Johnston, Property Director, Sport England, said: "We are proud to be working in partnership to deliver the biggest government investment into grassroots rugby league facilities the country has ever seen. With this funding, communities will gain better access to the facilities, improved infrastructure and essential equipment they need to be active. We are pleased the investment will provide benefit to people engaging in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair game, with a focus on those disadvantaged areas where inactivity levels are stubbornly high. By focusing our efforts on increasing participation in the game, we’re ensuring that the Rugby League World Cup's legacy lasts long after the last ball has been kicked and the crowds have gone home."

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be all inclusive, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously, under one tournament banner for the first time. After the success of this year’s Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup, York RLFC Foundation will be hosting another taster session open to all with a view to increasing participation and allow new people to try out the sport with plans for new club starting in 2023.

On Wednesday 11 January between 6:30 and 7:30pm, the Foundation will be holding its second taster session at York Sport Centre, University of York with the session free to attend. Wheelchair rugby league is the most inclusive sport of all, with play open to able-bodied and disabled participants and men and women both able to play in the same team.

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