The pandemic has caused people problems all across the planet, and in the rugby league world that’s been no different.
Even the biggest clubs like Leeds Rhinos have had their own financial problems brought on by the pandemic and the lack of supporters, but for those at the other end of the rugby league ladder the problems imposed by the pandemic are even more pronounced.
For one club in particular, the strains of the last two years have almost become too much to bare as the virus has gotten in the way of essential development at Westhoughton Lions.
For a club outside the heartlands, financial problems can be a common occurrence but for the Lions their development of youngsters has made them a strong club going from new high to new high over the years since they were established back in 1997.
Their next major goal was the development of a new ‘Dream Home’ as they looked to build a new clubhouse to springboard the club forwards.
In 2019, their project seemed headed in the right direction with a support from the RLWC CreatedBy grant with every pound supported by a private investor. However, the damage done by the pandemic has undone all this good work leading the private investors into administration and placing significant strain on the club itself leaving the clubhouse stranded.
So, the club has made a plea to any local businesses who could help with the project even offering a rewards scheme and stressing that every donation is appreciated and could help shape the future of a rugby league star, helping youngsters achieve their dreams and play the game we all love.
If you’re interested you can donate here.