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Rugby league in Coventry making huge strides ahead of World Cup


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Coventry Bears has recently launched three rugby league satellite clubs in Coventry and the West Midlands; the Alphas, Griffins and Knights, each with their own kit and 13-week training plan, funded by Rugby League World Cup 2021’s ‘Created By’ programme. 

After just six weeks, the new clubs have registered over 250 players and coaches, with volunteers also offering their time to support the club’s growth. 

The club has been making use of Rugby League World Cup funding while restarting their professional matches and making a more significant difference than ever in the city’s communities ahead of Coventry’s Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) game this October.

Debbie Watson, CEO for Coventry Bears Rugby League Club and Community Coordinator for Bears in the Community CIC, said: “We have established a great link with the Coventry School Games Organisers and continue to build relationships with local schools to give the youth in the city the opportunity to try a new sport this summer and for many years to come. 

“Our community work is bigger and better than ever before, and we are delighted to be back out in the sunshine, operating at full capacity and once again having an offer for anyone who wants to get involved in playing, volunteering, or watching the sport.”

Alongside this, the Bears’ professional team is doing well, winning two of the first six games of the season, having played the top two teams pushing for promotion already.

With the long-anticipated return of fans being able to watch games at the Butts Parks Arena, the club is seeing some new signings and the best club culture for years.

Rugby league community opportunities are on offer for adults in Coventry, too, with more than 400 adults currently playing Try Tag Rugby every week. A free taster session is available on 24 June, with a Try Tag Rugby festival taking place on 10 July. 

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, added: “It’s great to see so many communities involved in safe sport and physical activity after it being restricted for so long. I’m glad that grassroots sport is developing and enabling wider communities to be active and take part in physical activity. 

“I’d like to congratulate Coventry Bears on the fantastic work they continue to carry out across the city, and I look forward to seeing even more rugby league activity in our communities soon.”

All upcoming rugby league matches, satellite club developments and schools training programmes are a part of the exciting run-up to Coventry’s RLWC 2021 match, where Scotland will play Australia at The Ricoh Arena. 


More information on Coventry Bears Rugby Club can be found on their website.  


More details about Try Tag Rugby playing opportunities can be found at www.trytagrugby.com.  


To enquire about rugby league community activity, email [email protected]  


To keep up-to-date on ticket sales for the RLWC 2021 Scotland V Australia match in Coventry, head to the RLWC 2021 website. 



Written by: David Watkins

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