RUGBY League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced that St Helens MBC and Haydock Warriors are among the latest recipients of a CreatedBy large grant for community clubs and organisations.

The project at St Helens MBC and Haydock Warriors will see the development of a senior 105m x 70m natural grass pitch within a low-level spectator fence at King George V (KGV) Playing Fields in Haydock.

In addition, the project includes car park development, fitting CCTV on site, the purchase of a tractor mower to ensure a high level of maintenance, and 40-foot storage container for holding the maintenance equipment.

The funding will contribute towards the overall works with the development forming part of a larger scale project, which includes repositioning of the senior and a junior size sports pitches, enhanced pathways to establish an internal circuit for walking, jogging and cycling, plus an outdoor trim trail and upgraded children’s play area to encourage active lifestyles.

Four other large grants have also been awarded to clubs across the country including; Bradford MBC (ARCH/Queensbury), Sharlston Rovers, Hemel Hempstead ARLFC and Farnley Falcons. The five new projects, part of the tournament’s wider InspirationALL social impact programme, take the total investment so far to over £15million.

Delivered by RLWC2021 in partnership with 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 investment made available by the government in 2016 to support growth in participation in the sport.

The programme is dedicated to improving the environments where Rugby League takes place; giving people more and better opportunities to engage with the game and to get active. RLWC2021’s CreatedBy project has now seen a total of over 200 grants awarded.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, said: “This is another brilliant milestone for us, as we have now delivered over £15 million in large grants.

"As a tournament, it has always been our aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives across communities, as well as creating great memories for Rugby League fans.

"This initiative is providing support to community clubs who are crucial in developing the sport from grassroots level, all the way through to the professional game.

“The five latest projects that have been awarded large grants via our CreatedBy Capital grants programme all showcased a real desire to develop the sport, as well as supporting those playing Rugby League in their local area.

“We know that these grants will be instrumental in the growth and continued development of the sport. Rugby League World Cup 2021 would like to wish all the grant recipients the very best of success and we look forward to seeing the finished outcomes.”

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