Salford City Roosters have received £377,863 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Legacy Programme.
The grant, which has been awarded to help more people play rugby league at grassroots level in the North West, will fund the club’s new community clubhouse.
Salford City Roosters Rugby League Club, in partnership with Salford City Council, is set to receive £377,863 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.
Salford City Roosters are one of Salford Red Devils Foundation’s community clubs and have a proud forty year plus history. While firmly rooted in its community, the club has achieved successes developing players who have attained county and international status. With a clubhouse well past its best, the club’s survival would have been in doubt. But with plans to create modern changing rooms and a clubroom space which will have the flexibility to be used for many different activities, the Roosters have a sustainable future ahead of them, nurturing grassroots rugby league in an area of high social need.
This grant award has been matched pound for pound by joint funding from the club itself, Salford City Council, Booths Charities, Salford Community Leisure and For Housing to help make the Roosters’ plans a reality.
Alfrieda Kindon, Club Secretary at Salford City Roosters said, “We’re delighted to receive this grant and would like to thank the RLWC2021, the RFL and other local organisations – especially Salford Community Leisure, who have worked so hard with us to achieve our goal. The grant means so much to us, and the proposed new facilities will secure our future, attract more members, and will be of benefit to the local community. We have a very exciting future to look forward to.”
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 Salford City Roosters Rugby League Club 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 www.rlwc2021.com/facilities. For further information visit their official social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram