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Elstone acknowledges RFL’s “tireless work” in securing funding

The Super League boss says the money will provide much-needed certainty about the sport’s future. Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone has acknowledged the tireless work of the RFL in securing a £16m cash injection …

The Super League boss says the money will provide much-needed certainty about the sport’s future.

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone has acknowledged the tireless work of the RFL in securing a £16m cash injection from Government to safeguard the future of the sport.

An announcement last night confirmed that Rugby League would become the first sport to benefit from significant state support as the economy at large battles the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speculation that the RFL and Super League could once again combine continues to mount, and Elstone was clear in his praise for the sport’s national governing body.

He said: “Super League would like to acknowledge the tireless work of the RFL in securing such vital support.

“Make no mistake, a challenging period still lies ahead and public safety and the protection of our communities remains our priority.

“But, at a tough time, the Game has had a good day – we can now look forward, with more confidence, while we continue to play our part in the country’s recovery.”

Elstone continued: “Arriving at the most challenging time in our 125-year history, this is critical and invaluable support.

“For many people, particularly in the north of England, rugby league is more than a sport: our Clubs are key employers and play an essential role in local economies; they are also vital social hubs where families bond and communities stand proudly together.

“This pledge by the Government is indicative of the unique role Super League Clubs play in those communities.

“Throughout this pandemic, Super League and the governing body, The RFL, have been united in consistently putting forward that message, and we are delighted it has been heard loud and clear at such an important time.

“The Game is grateful that the Government has backed up promises it made to the north of the England at the General Election.

“Super League has had to make many difficult decisions over the past few weeks responding to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“Clearly those decisions were exacerbated by the absence of any clarity on what lies ahead.

“This news will alleviate some of those concerns and provide much-needed certainty about the future.”

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