The National Lottery is to become an official partner of the Rugby Football League and of Women’s and Girls’ Rugby League.
The partnership will see the support of The National Lottery acknowledged through a range of branding across the sport’s premier men’s and women’s fixtures.
In addition, The National Lottery will be the title partner for the England Women Rugby League Mid-Season International against Wales in June.
The National Lottery has played a crucial role in supporting sport across the country during the pandemic. This has included commercial partnerships with a variety of sports, including Wheelchair Tennis, Rugby Union Sevens and non-league football across the four nations.
Reacting to the news, Ralph Rimmer, CEO the Rugby Football League, said: “The growth of girls’ and women’s Rugby League at all levels has been wonderful, which made the impact of over a year of not playing so hard for the players, coaches, volunteers and clubs.
“Our thanks to The National Lottery who share our vision and understand that Rugby League changes the lives of the girls and women involved.”
Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, added: “Every day, The National Lottery and its players make a huge difference to communities across the UK.
“Supporting sports has always been part of the mission of The National Lottery and this inventive partnership will undoubtedly make a difference.
“The loss of spectators and cancellation of events has had such an impact, so I am proud that National Lottery players are able to support Rugby League after a difficult year.”