The grant, which has been awarded to help more people play rugby league at grassroots level in Bradford, will fund the club’s new Wheelchairs.
The Bradford Bulls Foundation is set to receive £14,462.20 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. Delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, The National Lottery, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot made available by the government and The National Lottery to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.
We have used the total amount of £14,462.20 kindly gifted from the Rugby League World Cup on some new Wheelchairs for our team to use throughout the rest of the season and upcoming seasons. The total amount of the chairs came to £15,000, we would like to give a huge shout out and thanks to Jon Bairstow at Bulltech for generously supporting the foundation with £2000, which allowed us to apply for and receive the funding from the RLWC2021.
Chris Chamberlain, CEO at The Bradford Bulls Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rugby League World Cup and Jon Bairstow at Bulltech for their generous contributions to our Wheelchair Team. Donations like this allow us to develop our teams under the foundation umbrella and ensure we can offer the community of Bradford a diverse, and inclusive pathway into sport.”
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 The Bradford Bulls Foundation and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community. Our thanks go to the government and The National Lottery, and its players, for supporting the CreatedBy programme.”
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 projects 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 be all inclusive, 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