CLUBS from the town are among the organisations the latest beneficiaries of small grants from the Rugby League World Cup 2021's CreatedBy programme.

The latest award take the total of RLWC2021 small grants to more than £780,000 and the total number of award recipients to 129.

Blackbrook Royals Junior RLFC have been granted £3,000 towards kit and equipment to create a female junior section consisting of teams at the under 14 and under 16 age groups.

And Liverpool St Helens ARLFC will receive £2,000 towards kit and equipment to help the club expand its playing and coaching capacity with the formation of a second team Open Age team and an under 18s team.

Ashton Bears ARLFC, who border the borough, have been awarded £9,400 towards refurbishment of their shower block and making it fully accessible from the changing rooms.

Other St Helens clubs have already had their grants announced - and applications are being sought from other organisations across the country

Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “The Rugby League World Cup is going to be the nation’s biggest celebration of international sport this year and with these grants our RLWC2021 partners are also building a legacy for our game beyond 2021.

“Once this pandemic is behind us, we will see more and more people participating in Rugby League, so it’s essential that the quality of facilities keeps pace. Even in the depths of winter, in the midst of another lockdown, Rugby League is building strong foundations for the future.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, added: “Our CreatedBy grants programme amounts to an unprecedented level of investment in the game, with every £1 invested matched by additional funding.

"Rugby League’s places are becoming even more welcoming and even more inclusive.

"More people than ever will be experiencing Rugby League and the social impact will be genuinely transformative.”

CreatedBy RLWC2021 is government investment delivered in partnership by Rugby League World Cup 2021, the RFL, Sport England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Clubs, organisations and communities that run Rugby League activities are encouraged to apply for legacy funding online at