RLWC 2021 Development Programme Kicks Off In Holland

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17 October 2018

The first International Development Programme initiative of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) has taken place in The Netherlands, marking the start of the journey to improve developing nations in the sport across Europe prior to the global showpiece in England.

The "Inspired by 2021" team visited The Netherlands to deliver a two-day workshop with the Dutch and German Rugby League Federations.

The aim was to help both nations learn and share knowledge around governance, developing the sport and building wider international relationships.

In addition, the team visited two local school community engagement events, taking along the famous Paul Barrière Trophy.

They participated in a guest lecture at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and finished with a reception at the British Ambassador's residence in The Hague.

By working alongside the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) and with the backing of UK Sport, the 2021 RLWC International Development Programme aims to build partnerships to target barriers to the sport's growth in individual developing nations.

The next trip will take the team to Papua New Guinea later in 2018.

"We're delighted with the start of the International Development Programme and the very successful workshops with both the Dutch and German Rugby League Federations," Jon Dutton, chief executive of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, said.

"We're confident that our team has delivered a series of vital sessions that will help the Federations continue to grow their sport in their respective nations.”

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