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Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC awarded grant by RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital grants programme

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced the latest recipients of its large grants for community clubs and organisations, with Copeland based rugby league club, Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC being granted an award. As part of the tournament’s wider InspirationALL legacy initiative, these clubs will receive a total funding from RLWC2021 of £835,000 contributing towards projects totalling over £2m of investment.

The CreatedBy Capital programme is focused on improving existing facilities or creating new ones with the aim of building community hubs and encouraging more people to play rugby league. As well as delivering a wider social impact to the local residents of communities in which they are based. These much-needed investments come as a boost during a challenging time, with the projects representing the hard work of the volunteers that have made them happen.

The grant will be used for a purpose built 24m x 20m indoor training facility with an artificial playing surface, constructed to provide a new space for all Wath Brow Hornets’ sides and age groups, further protecting their main pitch and providing more opportunities for young players to learn skills in a better environment. The facility will also act as a community exercise and fitness space hosting daily sessions.

Ian Rooney, Vice Chairman at Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC, commented: “On behalf of everyone associated with Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC, but also the whole town and wider community, we would like to thank RLWC2021 and Sport England for this award.

“This will be absolutely fantastic for this rural town and its population. Not just the truly tremendous rugby league impact for the Hornets, but vitally the impact for the children, schools & fitness groups of the area. It is, and will be an asset to this area where so many really need a safe and purpose built facility exactly like this. The whole community will benefit on countless fronts, it will not only allow for retention in sports but generate great interest, new participants and ensure a really positive effect on health and well-being for all. The club are ecstatic with this news and we thank RLWC2021 and everyone involved in this great initiative.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, added: “A staggering £2million invested in these projects will undoubtedly have a very positive the future of rugby league. Wath Brow Hornets ARFLC have been awarded a large grant via our CreatedBy Capital grants programme, after they demonstrated an excellent vision for how the funding will be used to deliver a wider impact on the local community.

“They have proven to be a fantastic, community led club, and we are confident that these new developments will become established hubs for local people, help local players at a grassroots level and have a real positive impact on the development of rugby league in the future.”

The other recipients are:

  • Dewsbury Moor ARLFC (Kirklees)
  • Orrell St James ARLFC (Wigan)
  • Westhoughton Lions (Bolton)
  • Drighlington ARFLC (Leeds)

The CreatedBy Capital programme is funded by government investment and delivered in partnership with the RFL and Sport England.

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