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BHRL announces RLWC InspiredBy programme

    Brighton & Hove Rugby League are pleased to announce our InspiredBy programme for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

    Our goal is to get more people playing Rugby League, using the excitement of the RLWC to generate interest in the sport locally.

    Club Chair, Phil Ward said “I’m really excited that we’ve got the chance to get Rugby League in front of a load of new people around the World Cup. We’re planning a series of events, most of which are concentrated in the weeks leading up to RLWC. These events are targeting a wide range of people – we’ll be hosting some schools festivals both at primary and secondary level, as well as running a taster session for the University team. Beyond that, we’ll be looking to host some Touch and X-League events aimed at adult players.”

    The club has committed to spending at least £500 of its own funds on promoting the events, and is currently in the application stage for funding of up to £2500 to deliver these events and start to build a long-lasting legacy for Rugby League in the city.

    Ward added, “If we get all the funding we’re looking for, then we’ll hopefully be investing around £3000 into building this programme, including a minimum of £500 from the club itself. While it’s an amazing figure for a club of our size, we recognise that it’s not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things. Because of that, we’re targeting resources that will live beyond the initial events – for example, we’re creating welcome packs for schools who take part in our festivals so that they have the resources to continue delivering Rugby League. We can then look to form annual competition for these schools which we can grow over time. We’re also producing a flyer that will have the details for every single game across the three World Cups so that every participant who comes into contact with our InspiredBy programme has a chance to see top level Rugby League.”

    “We’re also working hard to establish partnerships to help deliver this programme. The RFL has been a huge help in directing us towards funding and the School Games Organiser (SGO) at Brighton & Hove council has been a huge source of knowledge and experience that will help us deliver outstanding events, as well as helping us to establish contact with the schools. There’s also a volunteer strand to this, so we’re hoping to find local Rugby League fans who want to help out in a small way – as well as find some people to watch RLWC with!”

    All of the current information on our RLWC InspiredBy campaign can be found by clicking the link. The page, which can also be found on the menu of the website will be regularly updated as we build towards the RLWC.

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