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Birchwood Community High School are selected to receive £2400 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Legacy Programme to create four new school rugby teams for our school.

We are delighted to announce that we been chosen to receive a grant of £2400, as part of the £10 million investment that RLWC2021 received from the government.

Delivered by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby Football League in partnership with Sport England, the grants programme aims to help grow the sport of rugby and make it more visible, engaging and welcoming to current and potential participants.

Our project was chosen as the panel felt it met the programme’s aims and objectives of

engagement, reach, Community and a lasting legacy that will provide opportunities for

engagement in the sport now and in the future.

We will use the grant to create four rugby teams. Two for girls and two for boys (both U14s and U16s). The teams will train weekly and our aim is to compete in regular game-based scenarios in order to improve team members’ rugby skill set.

Mrs Jacqui Jenkinson, who was instrumental in winning the grant said:

“There is an obvious link between mental and physical health and we are keen to create an environment where students are keeping physically fit in conditioning sessions, developing their rugby skills whilst at the same time improving the levels of participation of girls in sport. We know that there is a demand for competitive team games from many of our students and we feel that a rugby programme would offer a positive outlet.”

We will be working closely with the Warrington Wolves Foundation and are excited to get the training sessions up and running.

This generous grant will enable us to buy two more rugby kits, balls, hit shields, bibs, tags – everything we will need to deliver great training sessions. We are so grateful to The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme for selecting us to receive this grant.

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 Birchwood Community High School and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community.”

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