Members of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group have hailed the growth in regular participation in rugby league, as announced by Sport England last week.
They have done so by tabling an Early Day Motion in Parliament, which reads:
“Rugby League participation
That this House welcomes the 7,300 strong increase in regular participation in rugby league as announced by Sport England; recognises the importance of sport and physical recreation for the British public; welcomes all those new to playing the game of rugby league; believes this increase demonstrates the role rugby league plays in communities throughout the UK and is recognition of the game’s inclusive and welcoming nature for people of any background, age, gender or ability; welcomes versions of the game – touch, tag, wheelchair, masters, and 13-a-side – in this growth; and congratulates all involved in the game’s administration for the increase.”
“The increase in grassroots participation is great news for rugby league,” said the Group’s Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland.
“That it came from the game’s format development is testament to the continued innovation of the sport and its on-going commitment to supporting community sport.
“All involved should be very proud and I hope to see many of 7,300 joining the Group and letting up know their thoughts in Westminster.”
Supporting the Motion, Warrington South MP David Mowat added: “All in the Group welcome increase in grassroot sport, and particularly in rugby league.
“All MPs in the Group will be able to see the growth of the game in their constituencies and we should be very proud of the game’s development at all levels.
“I encourage all my colleagues with rugby league clubs in their constituencies to join the Parliamentary Rugby League Group and meet players and fans at our regular meetings.”