World Cup legacy officer takes up role

World Cup legacy officer takes up role

15th October 2019

Carl Hall has welcomed the creation of a role which will ensure Doncaster gains a real legacy from hosting games in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. 

Martin Rowlands, who is kit manager for the Dons, has taken on the position to grow participation in the sport before and after the showpiece tournament which will feature three games held at the Club Doncaster Sports Park. 

Carl Hall, chief executive of the Dons, said “Bringing the RLWC2021 to Doncaster is going to be a game changer for the town and also for South Yorkshire. Giving the residents of Doncaster the opportunity to watch world class rugby league on their doorstep is something that doesn’t come around very often. 

“I’m personally extremely proud of the efforts of our bid team to make my dream of hosting the RLWC2021 a reality and the support the town has shown in getting behind our back the bid campaign. The legacy officer will reach out to our communities and aim to inspire the next generation and fulfil my ambition of seeing more young people playing the game of rugby league.” 

Doncaster Council has provided nearly £60,000 in grant funding to Doncaster Rugby League Club to appoint the legacy officer on a fixed two-year contract. The post aligns with the Get Doncaster Moving strategy which aims to cut obesity rates by improving the amount of exercise people do. Inactive people, residents on low incomes, disabled people and those with a long-term limiting illness will be specifically targeted. 

Doncaster Council public health officer Dean Wiffen said: “The RLWC2021 legacy officer is required to ensure a true legacy is left post the RLWC2021 within our communities. The post will also endeavour to increase participation in rugby league within young people and adults and offer an increase in the number opportunities available within Doncaster. 

“If this post wasn’t created, engagement within the schools would be very limited as there would be no dedicated officer to coordinate this work.”

The legacy officer will focus on the communities of Balby, Bentley, Conisbrough, Denaby, Mexborough, Moorends, Stainforth and Wheatley. Plans include working with at least 16 schools in the run up to the tournament by providing support as each school adopts a participating nation.

Each school will learn about the adopted country’s culture, geography, lifestyle, language and history which will be incorporated into the curriculum. The wider plans will also include a series of dance and cultural activities that the school will perform at the RLWC2021 fixtures being held in Doncaster. 

This follows on from the 2013 Rugby League World Cup where Doncaster school children performed the haka for the New Zealand team who were based in the town prior to the tournament. 

Jon Dutton, chief executive of RLWC2021, added: “Our colleagues in Doncaster have been fantastic throughout the entire bidding process and after the announcement was made earlier this year that they would be a host. 

“The promise of the legacy officer is being fulfilled and we believe that is a fantastic step forward for the town ahead of hosting three fixtures in 2021. There are many ways in which the tournament can benefit Doncaster and we are excited to work with the lucky individual who succeeds in the role to ensure we do everything we can before, during and after 2021.”


World Cup legacy officer takes up role