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Praise for Rugby Leagues Pandemic Response

The outstanding contribution made by Rugby League as part of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic is highlighted in updated version of a groundbreaking report first published in 2019.

The Rugby League Dividend Report was commissioned from the Sport Policy Unit of Manchester Metropolitan University by the RFL in 2018-19, during Andy Burnham’s term as RFL President, to investigate and measure the social and economic impact of Rugby League in England.

It concluded that the sport delivers an annual social impact worth more than £185million to the country, with every £1 spent by Community Clubs and Foundations generating a social return of £4.08. This is in addition to the annual economic impact of the sport of over £141m.

The unique challenges of 2020-21 provided further tangible evidence that “Rugby League is more than a sport” – which has now been documented in an addition to the Dividend Report, and summarised by Judith Cummins, the MP for Bradford South who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rugby League.

Reflecting on the past year, Judith Cummins MP writes:

“2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for the whole country and the impact of Coronavirus has hit hardest in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. That is why the selfless efforts of Rugby League clubs including many players, staff and volunteers, the charities and individual supporters should be recognised for the impact they have had and continue to have in supporting our communities through lockdowns and restrictions. They have often been the glue keeping communities together. They have certainly helped many thousands of people to get through whether by delivering food and medicine, or offering a friendly face and listening ear, and keeping people active and lifting spirits.

“The All-Party Group of Parliamentarians works to champion the sport and its unique place in the national sporting and social landscape – the measurable difference or dividend that Rugby League delivers in our communities. This has never been more evident than during 2020.”

When the pandemic hit and the country went into lockdown in March 2020, it triggered in people a wide range of emotions – shock, fear, disbelief, anxiety, despair. Normal life ended abruptly, support services struggled to fill the void, many were gripped by panic and uncertainty. People needed support – and the updated report presents examples of how Rugby League swung into action.

Judith Cummins adds:

“Many Rugby League people should be extremely proud of what they have done to support their neighbours and local community. It is vital and often unsung work which has been essential and will help our communities and the country recover as we look to a better 2021, the return of the sport at all levels, and the national tonic of a home World Cup.

“On behalf of the All-Party Group, to everyone in Rugby League who has demonstrated the values of the sport throughout this period, our recognition and our heartfelt thanks.”

The updated Rugby League Dividend Report is available in full here:

RL Dividend Report

The RFL will publish the second in a series of Impact Reports, focusing on the progress made and challenges faced by Women’s and Girls’ Rugby League, later this month.


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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