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RLWC2021 blazes a trail in record breaking year

Rugby League World Cup 2021 today (17 December, 2020) celebrates a record-breaking year of hugely encouraging sales and the first-ever public ticket ballot as well as ground-breaking social impact in what will be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.

2020 highlights include record-breaking commercial deal, hugely encouraging ticket sales and significant positive social impact despite COVID-19 pandemic

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden:

“As the largest sporting event held exclusively in England next year, the RLWC2021 follows in the tradition of the previous global events held in this country and will be a true celebration of the sport.”

Tournament organisers reflect ahead of final chance for fans to guarantee tickets at the best possible prices in 2020 via: www.rlwc2021.com/tickets

In a year of achievements and firsts, the unique RLWC2021, with men’s, women’s and wheelchair events being held simultaneously, has also partnered with Cazoo in the biggest deal in the tournament’s history which saw the UK’s leading online car retailer announced as RLWC2021’s Principal Partner.

The confidence shown in the tournament, with the optimism of fans returning to stadiums in 2021, has shone through in the ticket sales which have exceeded the expectations of organisers who have also honoured the bravery of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic with 20,021 free tickets being allocated to key health and care workers.

 Rewarding the health professionals has been just one of the significant social initiatives of the most inclusive Rugby League World Cup in history as RLWC2021 became the first major international sporting event to launch a first of its kind Mental Fitness Charter.

The benefits of the event for communities across the country have also been highlighted through the tournament committing to deliver the first Physical Disability World Cup during RLWC2021 and the capital grants programme, CreatedBy, which has seen more than 140 projects approved in 2020, with a total value of more than £10million.

The Rugby League community – and an exciting new audience - have also reflected the confidence in the tournament with hugely encouraging interest in tickets. There are fans from 117 different postcode areas that have purchased tickets from across the UK, with London and Northern cities dominating, and over 50% of ticket purchases - in the most affordable and accessible tournament - from fans aged between 25-44 years old.

Fans from 32 countries around the world have bought tickets, with 70% of all ticket purchases considered new to the sport. Organisers are giving fans the final chance to access special 2020 promotional prices for this historic tournament in an end-of-year-sale for tickets between 26-31 December.

A remarkable year started at Buckingham Palace with the first ever public draw, conducted by the Duke of Sussex, which was streamed globally by host broadcaster BBC and on the Royal Family social media accounts  to an engaged audience of more than 30million people.

The event involved RLWC2021 ambassador’s Jason Robinson OBE, James Simpson, Jodie Cunningham, Dame Katherine Grainger  and the inspirational Kevin Sinfield MBE representing a pool of stars which has grown to include Adam Hills, Lois Forsell, Robbie Hunter-Paul and current England international Luke Gale.

Joining the star-studded group of ambassadors recently was the inspiring Oliver Thomason who becomes the RLWC2021 Official Inclusion Ambassador. Having championed the sport of Rugby League and social inclusion in many ways since making his debut for his beloved Warrington Wolves, Oliver joined the team to now champion social inclusion on a global stage.

On 10 June 2020 - 500 days to go to the opening fixture at St James’ Park in Newcastle - RLWC2021 revealed a new brand identity, celebrating ‘The Power of Together’, with the goal of connecting the tournament with a universal audience. A refreshed RLWC2021 inclusive brand symbol – the Cup – was created.

 At the ‘One Year To Go’ mark, world renowned poet Tony Walsh captured the spirt of ‘The Power of Together’ in his widely acclaimed declaration of hope which featured on national and local media – and underlined the essence of a global event with local positive aims.

 The final highlight of the year was the partnership with Cazoo, who join RLWC2021’s other partnerships with YPO, Movember, Community Integrated Care, Kappa, Kuehne+Nagel, Riverside Brands, CUBE Partnership, Glory Days, Rugby League Cares and Mental Health UK, TxGB and The Voice. All new partners joined existing partners Deloitte, Eversheds Sutherland, UNICEF and Manchester Metropolitan University.

At the heart of the tournament has been the principles of good governance and integrity, and the success of that approach has been underlined by the outstanding board governance review supported by the launch of a sustainability charter and the work undertaken on the diversity and inclusion action plan.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, said:

“The Rugby World Cup 2021 has already delivered significant positive social and commercial benefits to its 18 host cities and the surrounding areas - across the North of England.

“Through smart partnerships and innovative thinking, the RLWC2021 is well on course to achieving its stated aim of being the biggest and best in history.

“As the largest sporting event held exclusively in England next year, the RLWC2021 follows in the tradition of the previous global events held in this country and will be a true celebration of the sport.”

RLWC2021 Chief Executive Jon Dutton, added:

“It’s been a remarkable year as we build our momentum to 2021, one we could never have expected, but a year we’ve adapted, advanced and seen huge achievements – especially by delivering  positive social impact that are already making a difference.

“As fans begin to return to stadiums across the world, we know that RLWC2021 is going to play a major part of that celebration of sport next year.

“We have been hugely encouraged by the support we have received which has converted into ticket sales but we know the work doesn’t stop here as we look to deliver the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history. The positivity from results in 2020 along with the optimism and hope for better times ahead gives us the perfect platform from which to achieve our ambition.”

Follow all the latest news via www.RLWC2021.com and the official social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Club Cash

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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