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The grant, which has been awarded to help more people play rugby league at grassroots level in areas within the Wakefield District, will fund the club’s new ‘More Players’ initiative.  

Featherstone Rovers Foundation is set to receive £3031.60 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. Delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, the sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot of up to £10million made available by the government to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.

The ‘More Players’ initiative will see the Foundation which is the official charity of Featherstone Rovers RLFC, work with 20 local primary schools to offer a Tag Rugby experience for Years 5 & 6 culminating in the opportunity to take part in a Tag festival at a local community club.

Amy Hardman, Head of Featherstone Rovers Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding at FRF its important to play a part in spreading the word about the Rugby League World Cup for 2021 and highlighting the fantastic sport of Rugby League in our heartland community. We are looking forward to engaging this particular age group with this fantastic Rugby League opportunity. If any schools would like to register their interest from these areas, please get in touch (Featherstone, Ackworth, Knottingley, Hemsworth).

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, RLWC2021, said: “The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme is focused on ensuring the next generation of rugby league players have the best possible experience and barriers to participate are removed. We are delighted to award this grant to Featherstone Rovers Foundation and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community.”

Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “Hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 offers so many opportunities for everyone involved in the game in this country and beyond, and the facilities that will be delivered by the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme will be a big part of that transformation. The RFL are proud to be involved in that process, and we congratulate all the successful applicants - and look forward to the impact of this unprecedented level of investment in the game for years to come.”

Charles Johnston, Property Director, Sport England, said: "We are proud to be working in partnership to deliver the biggest government investment into grassroots rugby league facilities the country has ever seen. With this funding, communities will gain better access to the facilities, improved infrastructure and essential equipment they need to be active. We are pleased the investment will provide benefit to people engaging in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair game, with a focus on those disadvantaged areas where inactivity levels are stubbornly high. By focusing our efforts on increasing participation in the game, we’re ensuring that the Rugby League World Cup's legacy lasts long after the last ball has been kicked and the crowds have gone home."

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will kick off on 23 October 2021, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously, under one tournament banner for the first time.

Clubs, organisations and communities that run rugby league activities are encouraged to apply for this legacy funding by visiting For further information visit their official social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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