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Rugby League Business Network kicks off

15th of July 2014
Rugby League Business Network kicks off

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer hails important new venture launched at Houses of Parliament...

The newly-created Rugby League Business Network has been launched with a ceremonial Kick Off reception in a packed room in the Houses of Parliament.

The network brings people together through their shared passion for Rugby League and will provide opportunities for business and professional development.  It will also work to bring new businesses into the sport.

The Kick-Off Reception was the body’s first major event and was oversubscribed several days before.

Speaking at the reception, network founder Mark Ramsdale said: “We’re thrilled at the level of interest the network has generated.   We launched only a few weeks ago and we’ve been joined by hundreds of people who are passionate about the game and see opportunities to meet like-minded individuals, network and – ultimately - do business together.”

Of those hundreds of members, the highest-represented industry sectors are finance and legal and the most frequent role title is director.  Clubs at all levels and from all over the world are supported by the network’s members.

Ramsdale encouraged those at the reception to join up, saying: “The power of networks like these lies with the membership; the more members within the network, the more opportunities are created for people and organisations and the more we can do to support businesses and the sport.   I ask people to invite their friends and colleagues to sign up and all our members tell us what they want to see.”

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “I would like to congratulate all concerned on the launch of the Rugby League Business Network, a venture that will help us harness the enormous interest in Rugby League that exists within the commercial sector.

“The sport currently has more sponsors and partners than at any time in its history and the appeal of Rugby League will increase still further as we introduce a new league structure where every minute matters at every match for every club.

“The Rugby League Business Network will also allow like-minded companies to develop new contacts and grow their own businesses through their shared passion for Rugby League.”

For more information and to join the network, visit

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