The latest recipients of the CreatedBy grants for community clubs and organisations have been announced and Wath Brow Hornets have been awarded £100,000.
The five successful projects, part of the tournament’s wider InspirationALL legacy initiative, will receive a total funding from RLWC2021 of £835,000 contributing towards projects totalling over £2m of investment.
These much-needed investments come as a boost during a challenging time for communities across the country, with the projects representing the hard work of the volunteers that have made them happen.
In Cumbria, the Hornets will put the funding towards building an indoor training facility with an artificial playing surface.
The facility will also act as a community exercise and fitness space hosting daily sessions.
In a post on there Facebook page the club wrote: “On behalf of everyone associated with Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC, but also the whole town and wider community, we would like to thank RLWC2021 and Sport England for this award.
“This will be absolutely fantastic for this rural town and its population. Not just the truly tremendous rugby league impact for the Hornets, but vitally the impact for the children, schools & fitness groups of the area.
“It is, and will be an asset to this area where so many really need a safe and purpose built facility exactly like this.
“The whole community will benefit on countless fronts, it will not only allow for retention in sports but generate great interest, new participants and ensure a really positive effect on health and well-being for all.
“The club are ecstatic with this news and we thank RLWC2021 and everyone involved in this great initiative.”
The Cumbrian team were not the only recipients with Drighlington (Leeds) receiving funds to relocate their clubhouse to the nearby Community Library and Hall, helping to secure it future.
Orrell St James (Wigan) will be using their new funds for a new high-quality club house, brand new changing facilities and two new playing pitches that will accommodate the club’s expanding teams, with emphasis on the growth of its girls and women’s teams.
In Bolton, Westhoughton Lions will be creating a new fully accessible clubhouse with new team and official’s changing rooms, male and female toilets and shower rooms, a function room, offices and meeting room as well as a new bar, cellar and kitchen.
Providing a new community hub for Westhoughton.
The final announced recipient is Dewsbury Moor (Kirklees) have a multi-phase project that will see the club refurbish with extension to the existing changing room pavilion, providing a new bar area, kitchen and dining area, purpose built function room, new toilets, six new changing rooms with shower and toilets (including purpose built female changing rooms).
It will also include a gym and additional storage, as well as car park and access improvements to service its existing users and the local community.
The second phase will transform the current facilities at the club and provide a bespoke training area.
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, said:
“A staggering £2 million invested in these projects will undoubtedly have a very positive the future of rugby league. The five projects that have been awarded large grants via our CreatedBy Capital grants programme all demonstrated an excellent vision for how the funding will be used to deliver a wider impact on their local communities.
“We are confident that these new developments will become established hubs for local people, help local players at a grassroots level and have a real positive impact on the development of rugby league in the future. Rugby League World Cup 2021 would like to wish all the projects and clubs the very best of success and we look forward to seeing the finished outcomes.”
The CreatedBy Capital programme is focused on improving existing facilities or creating new ones with the aim of building community hubs and encouraging more people to play rugby league.
As well as delivering a wider social impact to the local residents of communities in which they are based.
These much-needed investments come as a boost during a challenging time, with the projects representing the hard work of the volunteers that have made them happen.
The CreatedBy Capital programme is funded by government investment and delivered in partnership with the RFL and Sport England.