Today we are proud to announce that State of MInd Sport have been successful to deliver a project to be funded by RLWC2021 Official Community Health Partner, Assura plc, as the first phase of this exciting project gets underway.

Grants have been given to health projects working from or with rugby league community clubs, existing recipients of the RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme, and within the eighteen RLWC2021 host towns and cities.

St. Helens Rugby League Referee Society Members pictured with State of Mind trustee Dr. Phil Cooper

Some of the fantastic projects to be funded by the Assura Community Fund grants include help for older people coping with loneliness and isolation, volunteering and learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people, support for young adults to get ready for work, veteran wellbeing projects and summer activity camps for children, to name but a few.

You Got This! – Warrington
Rugby Memories – Wigan & Leigh
First Step – Salford, Greater Manchester
Boulevard Revisited – West Hull, North Hull, East Ridings of Yorkshire
Social Action Leeds – Leeds
EmpowHER – Warrington
State of Mind Official Support – National Coverage
Rovers Tots – Featherstone
Thunder Fit – Newcastle Upon Tyne
Return to Activity – Rochdale
Nordic Walking with 4Wings – Merseyside
World Cup Welcome Packs & Sewing Squad! – Greenwich, London
‘Live Well’ Drop In – Hull
Different Routes Programme – Wigan
York City Knights Foundation ‘FitKnight’- York
Saints Veterans Wellbeing Project – St Helens
Jose Kenga- Diversionary and Inclusion Programme Summer-Autumn – Salford
Being ‘Wheelie’ Engaged – Halifax
The Great Outdoors – Wood Green, London
Getting Match Fit – London Borough of Ealing
Tracy Power, RLWC2021 Social Impact Director, said, “Local communities have faced significant challenges during the pandemic, so the opportunity to deliver good news and fund projects that will help make a positive difference to people’s lives is fantastic. We thank Assura for helping to make these projects happen and look forward to seeing the impact of the funded projects in the near future.

Assura CEO, Jonathan Murphy, said: “It’s been so wonderful to see the really creative ideas coming from communities right across the rugby league map. We wanted to focus on projects which could help tackle wider issues which make such a difference to health and wellbeing – from isolation to debt, employment and self-confidence – and these projects have really tapped into that.”

State of Mind Sport are immensely proud to be involved with the Rugby League World Cup and can’t wait for the action to start in October and November this year. We are grateful to Assura and Rugby League Cares for approving the project to support rugby league match referee societies across the host cities and towns