Rugby League Cares dance programme awarded grant
The RFL’s charity, Rugby League Cares, has secured a grant from the Arts Council to help continue the highly successful dance programmes created for last year’s Rugby League World Cup.
The grant will allow professional dancers, choreographers and artists to engage with Rugby League communities to encourage people to get involved with dance.
The dance programme will work alongside First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championships clubs and offers a broader programme of dance to give young people the opportunity to perform at their club on matchdays.
Rugby League has always been determined to carry on the legacy from the World Cup and the awarding of the grant highlights how successful the tournament was for the sport.
The two-year dance project aims to establish dance academies at Rugby League club foundations where they do not currently exist and to improve the established dance academies by driving partnerships between the foundations and professional dance organisations.
Phoenix Dance Theatre, who performed at the opening ceremony of the Tour de France, are already on board and are creating and directing a performance for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23.
Around 280 children from foundations at Hull Kingston Rovers, Leigh Centurions, Wigan Warriors, Featherstone Rovers, St Helens and Warrington Wolves will take to the pitch to perform at Wembley on Saturday in what will be just the start of many events aided by the awarding of the grant.
Rugby League Cares General Manager Chris Rostron said: “The grant will allow us to engage more with the community and get people involved with their clubs.
“It is about getting people active and giving back what we can to the Rugby League supporters. Not only do we want to provide the community with these highly popular dance programmes but also to present fans with high quality performances on matchdays.”
Dance Project Officer Sarah Elston said: “The grant has enabled us to connect with professional dance organisations. Phoenix Dance Theatre are thrilled to be working with the RFL because it extends our reach and opportunities to engage with new audiences.
“We will be bringing world class dance professionals to the foundations which will help to develop not only the kids involved but it will allow the existing dance leaders to develop their skills.
“We are keen to build on the legacy left behind by the World Cup and we now have a fantastic opportunity to get everyone dancing and give the fans a chance to perform on matchdays. It is a great way to connect with the Rugby League community.”
For further information on the Dance programme please contact Project Manager Sarah Elston – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Rugby League Cares and details of how to become a member please visit www.rugbyleaguecares.org/
Tickets for the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 cost from aa little as £22 and can be purchased by calling the 24-hour Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.