The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has partnered with social care charity Community Integrated Care to support the tournaments communities.

The partnership sees the charity create several accessible resources that will provide fans access to social care support which will help develop life-skills and present enjoyable social opportunities.

Moreover, the collaboration will create new programmes in RLWC2021 host communities to promote the health, happiness and inclusion of people who have support needs.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021 stated: “We are proud to be working with Community Integrated Care, in order to further deliver genuine social impact via our legacy programme.

“This is a leading-edge partnership with a social care provider, whereboth the sport of Rugby League and Community Integrated Care is making a positive difference together. Community Integrated Care have demonstrated their ability to improve the quality of people’s lives through engagement with rugby league and we look forward to building on this work.

Inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do, and this partnership is another step forward in achieving our ambition of being the most inclusive Rugby League World Cup ever.”

Community Integrated Care has been committed to developing social inclusion opportunities through rugby league, with the firm having worked with several professional clubs and its charitable foundations, as well as being the Official Social Care Partner of both the RFL and Super League.

John Hughes, Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care concluded: “We are inspired by the bold ambition put forward by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 of making this the most inclusive rugby league event ever. In this unique partnership, Community Integrated Care has an incredible platform to make this vision a reality for thousands of people who access care and support.

“Our charity is dedicated to creating opportunities that enable people to lead fuller, happier lives and help to influence a more inclusive society. The opportunity to achieve this by drawing upon the power and influence of such an iconic global event is unprecedented.”

In 2021 England will host a historic Rugby League World Cup as for the first time, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair games will be played concurrently, emphasising equality to all.