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06 Jul 2022
2022 Rugby League World Cup delivers £25.8m boost to northern communities

The Rugby League World Cup's social impact programme has resulted in £25.8m of investment in local communities across northern England.

According to an independent report, which looked at the social impact of the tournament, 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.

It shows that an initial investment of £635,000 into the tournament's Social Impact Programme has been the catalyst to the near-£26m figure worth of funding from the likes of Sport England, The National Lottery, DCMS and the Arts Council.

A final impact report will be published after the tournament.

The event was originally set to be held in 2021, but had to be moved due to the pandemic and will now take place from 15 October to 19 November 2022.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 Chief Executive, Jon Dutton, said: "The RLWC2021 has always been about much more than delivering 61 matches.

“From its very inception, we set out to be a tournament with a purpose and with the objective of making a real impact in towns and cities with a Social Impact Programme created to deliver more than £25m of positive change.

“We have chosen to deliver this programme with support from the RFL, DCMS, Sport England, UK Sport and The National Lottery, and our trailblazing work has been central to the tournament’s objectives, and that change is happening right now, with the vast majority of the funding having been utilised before the tournament has begun.

"A fundamental obstacle to social mobility is a lack of local opportunities and the ability to have access to new experiences and build self-efficacy.

"Our Social Impact Programme has been about creating those opportunities.

“Opportunities for people to try the sport for the first time. Opportunities for girls and women along with disabled players to get involved in rugby league. Opportunities for our volunteers to try new experiences, grow their skills and play an important role during tournament time. Opportunities for young people to learn about new cultures and improve their mental fitness.

“This interim report tells the story of a programme that has created change and delivered a positive impact, in spite of significant challenges, and delivering our ambition to leave long-lasting outcomes for diverse communities beyond the Rugby League World Cup tournament. It details the incredible power that sport has to make a difference

“I am very proud of all that we have accomplished so far. I am incredibly excited to see what else we can deliver in the next few months and through the tournament itself.”


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27 Jul 2022
Hyperbaric medicine specialist Shai Efrati to keynote Global Wellness Summit
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has revealed that Shai Efrati, MD, a respected research scientist on hyperbaric oxygen therapy, will keynote at the 2022 conference being held in Tel Aviv from 31 October to 3 November.
25 Jul 2022
International Congress on Thermal Tourism returns after 11-year hiatus
The International Congress on Thermal Tourism (ICTT) is returning for 2022 and taking place at Expourense in Spain, from 27-29 September 2022.
08 Jun 2022
George Gaitanos is latest guest on Medical Wellness Congress digital series
The team behind the Medical Wellness Congress (MWC) is adding to its online series of interviews with its speakers, sponsors and ambassadors with a brand new episode in conversation with Dr George Gaitanos, chief operating and scientific officer of the Chenot Group.
31 May 2022
Countdown kicks off for Global Wellness Day 2022 this June
Saturday 11 June 2022 will mark the 11th anniversary of Global Wellness Day (GWD), an annual event hosted to emphasise the importance of wellness and taking care of health and wellbeing.
26 May 2022
Spa Life UK reveals Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland as keynote for June conference
Author, TED Talk host and hypnotherapy specialist Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland has been named keynote speaker for UK spa industry event Spa Life UK 2022.
27 Apr 2022
W3Spa EMEA sees spa and wellness industry gather in Spain
Industry event W3Spa EMEA has kicked off in Tarragona, Spain, hosted at Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa.
26 Apr 2022
Global Wellness Summit 2022 theme revealed
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) will host its 2022 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 31 October – 3 November with a theme of 'Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open for Business'.
25 Apr 2022
GWS schedules functional medicine symposium in Bangkok this May
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is gearing up for its Future of Functional Medicine Symposium scheduled for 20 May in Bangkok, Thailand.
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