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  • RFU Awarded £12.6M By Sport England

    England Rugby has been awarded £12.6 million Sport England funding to help grow rugby participation across the country. Sport England acknowledged the RFU’s successful CBRE All Schools programme which has, to date, worked with 500 state schools without a tradition of playing rugby and in areas with highly-diverse communities. Through the Sport England investment the RFU will also create more opportunities to play informal, social and non-contact touch rugby as well as more chances to play rug...

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  • RFL Sees Sport England Funding Cut

    Sport England has revealed that the Rugby Football League is once again to have its funding cut after failing to meet participation targets. Rugby league is one of four Sports, along with swimming, gymnastics and equestrianism, to be hit by the £1.53 million funding reduction but Sport England says that the money will now go towards other projects in those same Sports rather than going directly to governing bodies like the RFL. Sport England cut funding to rugby league by as much as £10.1 mill...

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  • BLK In Kit Partnership With RFL And England

    The RFL has announced a new partnership with BLK that will see the Sports apparel brand become the official kit supplier to the England Rugby League team, the governing body and the Sport’s match officials for the next four years. From the 2015 season, all RFL match officials will Sport BLK matchday and training apparel, whilst the RFL's development and performance staff will also wear specially designed BLK kit. BLK, or 'Beyond Limits Known', will also produce a new range of England leisure a...

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  • BBC To Broadcast England V Kiwis Series

    The BBC has announced it has secured the rights to show the international rugby league series between England and New Zealand, airing autumn 2018. The series sees England host the Kiwis three times in the UK with all matches playing out live on BBC TV, radio and online. The KCOM stadium in Hull will host the opener to the series as England face New Zealand on Saturday 27rd of October (2:30pm). International rugby league will return to Anfield in Liverpool for the second Test on Saturday 3rd of N...

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  • Ex-IRB Man Becomes England Basketball CEO

    Former IRB commercial director and Harlequins CEO Huw Morgan has been given the top job at England Basketball after being appointed chief executive. The Welshman stepped down from the IRB and Rugby World Cup Limited in March after more than a decade running the commercial department, saying that he wanted to “explore new challenges”. During his tenure at rugby’s world governing body he oversaw a £50m increase in commercial revenue and took overall total commercial revenues from Rugby Worl...

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  • Sport England helps to fund RL in the community

    A new Sport England programme dubbed “Inspired Facilities” is offering funding opportunities ranging from £20,000 to £50,000 to community clubs. The programme could help upgrade existing facilities, or convert existing buildings into venues suitable for Sport – subject to being accessible to the whole community.The initiative is part of a £50 million drive linked to the 2012 Olympics, to back up to a thousand community Sports projects between 2011 and 2014.Rugby League clubs hopeful of...

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  • Rugby pitches and playing fields safeguarded

    New figures have revealed that rugby pitches and other playing fields throughout the country are being protected because Sport England has an influence on planning applications. Councils now have to consult Sport England on any proposed development that would affect or lead to the loss of a Sports playing field and the body objects to all plans where the developer cannot prove Sports provision will improve or be protected. And the latest statistics show that 94 per cent or 1373 out of 1460 concl...

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  • RFU broadens horizons with live YouTube streaming

    Millions of people across the globe in countries outside the traditional rugby union heartlands can now watch all of England’s autumn internationals after the RFU decided to stream them live on YouTube. The RFU started its partnership with YouTube earlier in the year and the latest move means the QBE Internationals are now available to fans in 28 more countries such as Spain, Sweden, Russia, the Netherlands, Portugal and even Andorra. That takes the total number of countries live-streaming Eng...

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