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Coventry provides rugby league with a springboard for return


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After months of lockdown and restrictions for the sports sector, rugby league is finally getting back on its feet and preparing for a huge comeback. 

Coventry Bears Rugby League Football Club has been busy behind the scenes, setting up satellite clubs, bidding for funding and planning within their community for Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) to come to Coventry this October. 

Coventry City Council has supported Coventry Bears in successfully securing funding to grow their community across the West Midlands in preparation for October’s RLWC2021 match at The Ricoh Arena. 

The funding will contribute towards the setting up of three satellite clubs specifically targeted at boys and girls ages 8 to 14. The new satellite clubs are in the planning stages and will aid the sport’s growth across the West Midlands, specifically within Coventry for juniors.

Debbie Watson, CEO for Coventry Bears Rugby League Club and Community Coordinator for Bears in the Community CIC, said: “We feel fortunate to be able to get back up and running and kickstart the great things we have been planning throughout lockdown”. 

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, added: “The satellite clubs around the West Midlands will be amazing and I can’t wait to see those start to pop up, and of course the big game towards the end of the year will be another sporting highlight for the city.” 

The satellite clubs will be based in the west and south of Coventry, as well as one on the east side of Birmingham and will build the roots of new communities in those areas as well as local competitive games for the players.  Specific locations of the satellite clubs will be announced soon.

All upcoming rugby league matches and satellite club developments will be part of the exciting run-up to Coventry’s RLWC2021 match. Scotland will play Australia at The Ricoh Arena on Friday 29 October.  

More information on Coventry Bears Rugby Club can be found on their website. To buy tickets to the RLWC2021 match in Coventry, head to the RLWC2021 website to sign up for ticket alerts. 


Written by: David Watkins

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