RFL aiming for greater racial diversity

The RFL have said they will be aiming for greater racial diversity within the game, amid the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the statement, they say they hope to increase the number of BAME people getting involved in the game at all levels.

They say: “We are an honest sport, and we are acknowledging the reality that in our 125th year our sport is not fully representative of the communities in which we are based.

“Whether that is on professional or community pitches, in clubhouses, on terraces, in boardrooms, in the media or in our community work.

And that means the sport misses out on immense talent, passion, skills and experience, and opportunities to connect, learn, grow, and expand.

“By owning the issues together and being honest, we can address barriers and make changes together.

The governing body will also be producing some sessions with clubs at all levels, starting on Wednesday.

They add: “We have an opportunity that we must take to connect with everyone in our communities and welcome new audiences by listening, learning, and acting.

“Listening and Learning into Action Sessions are taking place across the sport, supported by the RFL, Super League, Championship and League 1, and partners for the whole sport:

“Wednesday 24 June 5PM: Black lives matter – players, coaches, and allies – first session facilitated by Alex Simmons and Dean Thomas. With further sessions to follow.”

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