The RFL is supporting the new Get Your Kit On campaign from the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Rugby League participants and supporters are encouraged to get behind the campaign to urge the Government to protect, not cut, the funding for grassroots sport.

Emma Boggis, Chief Executive of the SRA explains; “Sport in your community needs you to do something today. It needs you to tell the Government how much you value funding for grassroots sport. You can do it at Funding for sport is threatened and on 25 November it may lose 40% of its Exchequer funding. We know times are difficult and tough decisions have to be made but unless we act now and make our voices heard, the Chancellor may never know how much we care for our grassroots sport because of the power it has to change lives. Please add your voice to the #GetYourKitOn campaign.

“Grassroots sport is a vital means of ensuring the nation is fit, healthy and happy. It provides a means of safe and structured participation for both young and old, and creates community and economic benefits. On 25 November, it is expected that sports funding from the Exchequer will be cut from anywhere between 25% to 40% as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. In a poll on grassroots sport commissioned by the Alliance, 79% of people felt that the Government should do more to support grassroots sport. It precisely this message we want to get across to George Osborne. So we want as many people as possible, as soon as possible, to email, tweet or Facebook the Chancellor so he is left in no doubt what people feel about grassroots sport.”

Ralph Rimmer, COO of the RFL says; “The RFL believes that everyone should have access to local sports clubs and opportunities to get active. In particular, team sports bring huge benefits to individuals, communities and the nation. Rugby League is one of the leading sports for active community engagement and volunteering. Our clubs and the Rugby League Foundations contribute to a wide range of Government priorities from physical and mental health, to learning, training and community cohesion. The Rugby League community is being invited to spread the word and share pictures of themselves in their Rugby League kit with the #GetYourKitOn hashtag.”

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