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Rugby League World Cup delivers £25.8m boost

The £25.8m economic investment has benefitted towns & cities in the north of England

This year’s Rugby League World Cup, held across a number of English cities and towns, has already delivered £25.8m worth of investment in local communities across northern England.

The figure comes from an independent report, which looked at the social impact of the tournament. It shows how the event has already led to improvements in facilities, local economies and the physical and mental health of populations living in “deprived areas”.

The interim report, compiled by The Sports Consultancy and Substance, is based on the research collected so far. A final impact report will be published after the tournament.

According to the interim report, the £25.8m investment has come from an initial investment of £635,000 into the tournament’s Social Impact Programme, which was provided by the likes of Sport England, The National Lottery, DCMS and the Arts Council.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 CEO, Jon Dutton, said: “From the start, we set out to be a tournament with a purpose and an objective to make a real impact in towns and cities through  our Social Impact Programme.”

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