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Our World Cup legacy fund

Amateur rugby league clubs in St Helens have received grant funding from our Rugby League World Cup Legacy Fund to encourage and support participation at grassroots level.

We committed to match fund £500,000 to a 'CreatedBy' RLWC2021 legacy funding pot as part of our role as a host venue, helping to provide new equipment, improve existing and create new facilities for the community game across the borough. 

Among the clubs who benefitted were Portico Vine ARLFC and Clock Face Miners, who used their grants to build and redevelop new clubhouses. In total, the borough's rugby league community secured 23 grants for projects totalling £1.6million.

Our Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, Councillor Anthony Burns, said: "When we joined forces with the Rugby League World Cup and the CreatedBy fund, we really wanted to leave a legacy.

"We didn't want it to just be about three fantastic matches at Saints - we wanted to leave something behind for now and for years to come, to really benefit the grassroots of the game.

"By investing this money, we pledged to support local rugby league teams to help improve the facilities and hopefully influence the next generation of rugby league stars in a borough where rugby is more than just a game - it's a way of life."