Rugby League World Cup 2021 announces partnership with Unicef UK

Rugby League World Cup 2021 today announced that Unicef UK will be the official charity of the tournament. The ground-breaking partnership will use the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work protecting children in danger around the world.

England will host Rugby League’s biggest international tournament in 2021 with the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair World Cups staged together for first time. The ‘Inspired by 2021’ programme is multi-dimensional with three key pillars – Volunteers, Facilities and Community Engagement – with the ultimate goal of leaving a positive, impactful and long-lasting legacy.

Unicef UK will work closely with tournament partners to deliver core messages and engagement to a global audience, as well as raising funds for vital projects supporting children in the UK and internationally.

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 19/06/2018 – Rugby League World Cup 2021 “Inspired By” Launch Event, The Mansion House, City of London

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, said: “Working with Unicef UK will give the sport a powerful platform to help improve economic and social well-being. Unicef is a true global brand and we welcome them to the Rugby League World Cup family who will embrace their goals and programmes with open arms.

“We are looking forward to working together with Unicef UK on this innovative and powerful partnership to connect with the global Rugby League community. This work, alongside our burgeoning relationship with Rugby League Cares, will help ensure that the Rugby League World Cup 2021 leaves an impactful legacy.”

Unicef UK Chief Operating Officer Mark Devlin, said: “Sport has the unique ability to unite and inspire people, which is why our sporting partners are so important to us. They allow us to use the power of sport to shine a light on children’s rights and raise awareness about the challenges that children are facing in the UK and all around the world. We are incredibly proud to be the official charity partner of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and looking forward to working closely with them to raise vital funds for Unicef’s work to help children right here in the UK and those in danger around the world.”

For more information about the partnership with Unicef UK and the ‘Inspired by 2021’ project, please visit and the official tournament social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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