Local Wigan community club Shevington Sharks ARLFC is set to receive £200,000 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 capital grants legacy programme.
The grant, which has been awarded to help more people play rugby league at grassroots level in Wigan, will fund the club’s new sporting provision for the local community.
Shevington Sharks ARLFC is set to receive £200,000 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. Delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, the sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot of up to £10million made available by the government to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.
Chairman Ian Robinson said: “This is a significant and welcome contribution to a £1.2m project that will see fantastic new facilities for the Sharks, Shevington FC and the wider Shevington community.”
Planning for the new clubhouse and pitches has been ongoing for almost seven years and thanks to RLWC2021, The RFL, The FA, Sport England, Wigan Council and other funding partners, that construction on this unique and exciting project will begin in the next few weeks with the first game expected to be played later this year.
Martin McLoughlin, Head of Marketing and Community at Wigan Warriors: “This is great news for rugby league in the Wigan Borough. Shevington Sharks ARLFC are one of our stronger community sides, who have provided the Club with some of our brightest talents in recent seasons, so to see them secure £200,000 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme for their plan to build new facilities for the Sharks, Shevington FC and the wider Shevington community is an exciting development and one we should all celebrate.”
Secretary Steve Bates said: “It’s been a lengthy planning and bidding process but the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for the Sharks and the people of Shevington has made it more than worthwhile. We’re looking forward to the proud moment when the Sharks really can say that they are from Shevington.”
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, RLWC2021, said: “The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme is focused on ensuring the next generation of rugby league players have the best possible experience and barriers to participate are removed. We are delighted to award this grant to Shevington Sharks ARLFC and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community.”
Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “Hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 offers so many opportunities for everyone involved in the game in this country and beyond, and the facilities that will be delivered by the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme will be a big part of that transformation. The RFL are proud to be involved in that process, and we congratulate all the successful applicants - and look forward to the impact of this unprecedented level of investment in the game for years to come.”
Charles Johnston, Property Director, Sport England, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership to deliver the biggest government investment into grassroots rugby league facilities the country has ever seen. With this funding, communities will gain better access to the facilities, improved infrastructure and essential equipment they need to be active. We are pleased the investment will provide benefit to people engaging in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair game, with a focus on those disadvantaged areas where inactivity levels are stubbornly high. By focusing our efforts on increasing participation in the game, we’re ensuring that the Rugby League World Cup’s legacy lasts long after the last ball has been kicked and the crowds have gone home.”
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will kick off on 23 October 2021, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously, under one tournament banner for the first time.