Wales Rugby League get government grant

Wales Rugby League have announced theyhave been offered a share of the Welsh Government’s £17.7 million funding package to help spectator sports that have been severely impacted by the pandemic.

Rugby league has been offered £200,000 to assist League 1 sides North Wales Crusaders and West Wales Raiders.

Wales’ community clubs and international sides will also be given assistance based on their gate receipts from 2019.

CEO Gareth Kear said: “This is very welcome news as we build towards the Rugby League World Cup later this year.

“I am happy that our lobbying, together with Sport Wales, has been recognised by Government. The loss of fans has had a negative effect on revenue which is the lifeblood of clubs in our communities.

“Whilst I have been very impressed by how resilient our clubs have been during this pandemic, this fund is a huge boost for our professional and community clubs.”

While Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas added: “While restrictions on supporters at events have been vital in stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives, there can be no doubt that they have created real hardships for many sports clubs, many of whom receive a significant proportion of their income through spectator attendance.

“Sport is an important sector of our economy and has a positive impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. Sporting events provide important shared experiences, have often been a welcome distraction during the pandemic and will be a vital player in our recovery and healing after the crisis.”

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