Community clubs to receive £1million of support

Drew Darbyshire

The RFL will pump more than £1million into community clubs across the country.

Community rugby league has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with clubs losing income from match days and events amongst many other issues.

And the RFL has acted swiftly to support clubs to access support from a variety of sources to help them weather the current pressures.

RFL participation and development director, Marc Lovering, said: “Community clubs are the bedrock of the sport and the financial impact of the crisis on them is very real.

“We can help all clubs, in all areas, to understand and access available support – please contact us.

“To date, over £750,000 has been received by community clubs from the various national and regional initiatives and emergency funding. This figure will continue to rise as there are numerous applications still in the system. It also doesn’t take into account for example monies received under the furlough scheme or more localised funding streams.

“We are confident the total financial support for the grassroots game will exceed £1m.

“We will continue to work with community clubs to ensure they access the support available so the pressures on them are eased and we can look forward with confidence to when training and play can restart.”

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