RLWC2021 have announced three new Large Grant recipients through the CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme.
New projects are announced in Bradford, Cockermouth and York – bringing the total investment in Large Grant projects to more than £4m.
The announcement of the latest of the 20 Large Grant projects also marks the eight-week countdown window to the closing of the Large Grant application process which has been the cornerstone of the RLWC2021 journey.
During the pandemic, the Large Grant programme has offered much-needed hope to grassroots sport as well as large scale transformation to facilities for local communities.
The new project in Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC CIC, in partnership with West Bowling ARLFC, will provide a Full-Size 3G FTP and first-class, two-storey, modular clubhouse and changing block that will allow the club to establish themselves in a new facility and allow the club to grow the sport of Rugby League locally.
In Cumbria, Cockermouth Titans have a £290,000 plan to refurbish an existing squash centre in order to create a new facility that incorporates changing facilities and social space.
At York St. John University, CreatedBy will provide £262,000 of a £1m project for the installation of a 3G pitch that will act as hub for Rugby League in York.
This will support the growth of women and girls as well as disability Rugby League through the partnership with the York City Knights Foundation. The development will provide the community game with access to training facilities all year round.
Jon Dutton, the RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “Our ambition has always been that RLWC2021 will be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history with social impact at the heart of everything we do.
“The latest recipients show the power of the programme that has generated huge interest since opening and over the past twelve months has been a beacon of hope for so many.
“The true impact of the programme will be felt when grassroots sport returns at the end of March and many of the coaches, players, families and local people experience their new facilities and equipment for the first time.”
Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, added: “I’m absolutely delighted the CreatedBy project is continuing to provide much needed funding for our Rugby League community.
“As we move towards the March 29 reopening and beyond these new funds will deliver exciting new sporting opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities.”