Hull KR owner Neil Hudgell hopeful of government support during coronavirus crisis

Hull KR owner Neil Hudgell is hopeful the government will offer the financial support the sport needs to come through the coronavirus pandemic on the other side.

The rugby league season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak that has swept the nation.

Super League clubs met last week to discuss the current situation and Hudgell says they made a compelling case to the government in highlighting its positive role across communities.

He told Hull KR TV: “There is a funding request in there, but as you can imagine, there are a lot of funding requests from a raft of organisations across the whole country, so there is a huge number of priorities.

“We have some confidence that we have made a compelling case to support rugby league but clearly there can be no guarantees at this stage.

“Timewise, we are looking hopefully at the next week or two, and the basis of the request for funding is essentially on the fact that this is very much a northern sport, around its connections with communities and how it provides a lot of non-essential, non-working relief, pleasure and enjoyment.

“The sport is also something which is hugely supportive of peoples’ general mental health, so it’s not just a question of supporting sport, but has wider implications as well.”

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