Rugby League World Cup 2021 and The National Lottery Announce Major Partnership

The National Lottery announced as an Official Partner of RLWC2021, which includes becoming an Official Partner of the RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grants programme

The multi-million-pound investment in RLWC2021 further supports the tournament’s mission to deliver long lasting positive social impact in Rugby League communities

The organisations are aligned by core values to change lives for the better via the pinnacle event in international Rugby League

The investment into the CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme will allow more community clubs to apply for small grants at a higher value of up to £50,000 each

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) and The National Lottery have today (May 13) announced an historic partnership that further enhances the tournament’s vision to deliver widespread positive social impact through the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.

The trailblazing tournament and its core Rugby League communities will gain huge benefits from the investment as The National Lottery become an Official Partner of RLWC2021, which includes being an Official Partner of the RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme.

With less than six months before the first match, which will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously for the first time at a major sporting event, organisers are delivering tangible and positive change to people’s lives through a ground-breaking social impact programme which will benefit some of the most disadvantaged communities in England.

The CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme is the cornerstone of this social impact programme and is delivered in partnership with DCMS and Sport England. The programme is dedicated to improving the environments where Rugby League takes place, and invests in facilities and equipment to provide accessible and welcoming environments and a legacy in local communities. The significant investment from The National Lottery will further strengthen the programme and allow RLWC2021 to deliver even more projects of more value to the community club game that has suffered so much during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RLWC2021 Chief Executive, Jon Dutton said: “This is another significant moment for our trailblazing tournament. Local communities have faced significant challenges during the pandemic, so the opportunity to deliver good news and look to the horizon is uplifting. The ability to make a difference to people’s lives as well as supporting the future of grassroots Rugby League has always remained our mission, and this partnership further enhances our promise to put people, place and civic pride at the very heart of the event.

“We thank The National Lottery and look forward to working with them on the journey to the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup later this year.”

As part of the sponsorship, The National Lottery will receive extensive rights including branding at all 61 matches during the tournament, tickets, player appearances, social media assets, unique experiences such as The National Lottery ‘coin toss’ before each game, and becoming the sponsor of the tournament’s volunteer workforce, ‘The Power Squad’.

RLWC2021 Commercial Director, Jonathan Neill added: “Our partnership with The National Lottery is another example of working with organisations that align with our vision, mission and values. The National Lottery has been changing lives and investing in sport and communities since 1994, and their support to RLWC2021 via their investment in our sponsorship, activation and CreatedBy programme will continue this.

“Sponsorship plays a critical role for us in both driving revenue for the tournament and also helping achieve our wider goals and ambitions. Our partnership with The National Lottery will do all that, whilst supporting their objectives and providing benefits back to National Lottery players, as well as having a profound impact on the communities we collectively engage.”

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot said: “Every day, The National Lottery and its players make a huge difference to communities across the UK – and have been doing so since 1994. Sports, such as Rugby League, which have such a connection to the local community, make a huge difference to individuals and society as a whole. I am proud that The National Lottery is able to play such a key role in supporting the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the wider community after such a tough year – while, at the same time, being able to give back to National Lottery players who make all of this possible.”

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston added: “We are delighted to be hosting the world’s premier international Rugby League tournament, which will provide much excitement and entertainment as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The National Lottery delivers for so many good causes around the country, so I welcome their involvement as major sponsors. This partnership will provide significant long-term support to the sport including infrastructure and equipment for Rugby League loving communities up and down the country.”

The money for this initiative is coming from a National Lottery promotional fund. It is not being funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.

For more information, contact:

Michael Gibson, Head of Communications and Media, RLWC2021,, +44 (0) 7435 556074

About Rugby League World Cup 2021 

The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle major event of rugby league, globally contested every four years. RLWC2021 will be a breakthrough moment in the tournament’s history with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being staged together for the first time.

The three tournaments will take place across 21 venues throughout England. Both the women’s and wheelchair competitions will be contested by two groups of four teams, whilst the men’s tournament will see 16 teams compete across four groups.

RLWC2021 will be the most visible rugby league event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.9i

Vision: Delivering the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup.

Mission: Creating inspirational moments that excite, engage and leave a long-lasting legacy.

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