Community game receives £10m in grants thanks to World Cup

Organisers of the 2021 World Cup have marked the 12-month countdown to the final by distributing £10million in large grants to the community game.

The cash handouts are part of a £25m grant awarded by the Government in 2016 to ensure the tournament leaves a lasting legacy and are delivered in conjunction with the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Victoria Park ARLFC in Warrington, which will host the bulk of the Physical Disability World Cup, has been given £600,000 for the creation of a new 3G pitch, while the other major recipients are Thatto Heath Crusaders in St Helens and Siddal, of Halifax.

World Cup chief executive Jon Dutton said: “With exactly a year to go until our finals at Old Trafford, our social impact programme is really making a difference.

“As a tournament with a purpose, we are dedicated to using the next 12 months to continue this much-needed investment programme through the pledge the UK Government has made to the tournament.”

Sport England director of property Charles Johnston said: “In working to ensure the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 is as impactful as possible, it is brilliant to see more life-changing investments into community clubs and organisations within the regions which will play a part in hosting the event.”

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