Schools compete to join Rugby League World Cup

Schools are being invited to enter a competition which will see lucky pupils accompany teams onto the pitch at the Rugby League World Cup 2021

Schools across the country are being invited to enter a competition that could see their pupils taking to the field at the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup 2021.

The delayed-by-Covid tournament will take place in England from 15 October to 19 November and, for the first time, feature the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events being staged simultaneously.

An aggregate of 61 games will be held in 21 venues throughout England, with each match broadcast live on the BBC.

Each of the three finals will be staged in Manchester, with competition winners set to either accompany the teams onto the pitch or act as flag wavers.

“Young people have already played an enormous part in this fantastic tournament, whether that be helping us create our wonderful mascot RugBee, using our online education resources, or being part of our trailblazing social impact programme,” said Rugby League World Cup 2021 chief executive, Jon Dutton.

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“A key objective of RLWC2021 has been to inspire the next generation of rugby league players, fans and volunteers, and we now want to give some lucky winners the chance to be part of our finals weekend,” he added.

The competition is open to schools or clubs, with entrants required to post a photograph, short video or message on social media – tagging in RLWC2021 – explaining why they want to be part of the three finals.

Closing date for entries is 7 October, with the winning entrants each receiving a ticket to the tournament final they are part of, plus two tickets for adult chaperones and a contribution towards coach travel expenses.

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