RLWC 2021 – How to back the bid General September 20, 2018 Newcastle Upon Tyne is calling on the support of the North East public and the wider rugby league family as it bids to become a host city for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The city unveiled ambitious plans on Tuesday to play a major role in staging the most viewed World Cup ever, with a proposal to stage the tournament’s opening ceremony along with an England fixture at St. James’ Park and a further match at Kingston Park Stadium. With organisers set to decide the host venues towards the end to the year, there is now a window of opportunity for people to show their support and help the city continue to enhance its reputation as a world class venue for sport. How to Back the Bid: Tell Others! The major focus is on spreading the word and creating an air of enthusiasm and anticipation, talking about Newcastle being the stage for more memorable moments helps to do that. Get Social – Showing the regions enthusiasm for the sport will go a long way to demonstrating why Newcastle should be named as a host city. Follow our social media accounts and help us spread the word with likes, retweets and shares of output promoting the bid. Join in the conversations and make sure to include the hashtag #BackTheBid Having hosted the top four Magic Weekends at the home of Newcastle United, those record numbers of fans have been made up with a large portion of the crowd from the North East and Cumbria. With growing attendances at Newcastle Thunder and new teams forming at grassroots club, there is an undeniable appetite for the game in the region. Let’s show it! Letters of Support – For those who prefer more traditional methods of communication, letters of support can also show RLWC 2021 organisers the depth of support the tournament could enjoy in Newcastle. Fans can address letter to Rugby League World Cup 2021, Red Hall, Red Hall Lane, LEEDS, LS17 8NB or can email firstname.lastname@example.org Support Community Development work – There is a wide array of development work already being undertaken in the region to grow the game, laying the foundations for delivering a successful hosting of 2021. Newcastle Thunder’s community project continues to deliver the RFL’s flagship community programme, Sky Try, providing new players to clubs and using the game as a tool to motivate and inspire. Grassroots clubs are also successfully delivering their own initiatives and growing their playing base, with new teams forming and in the case of Alnwick Bears and Yarm Wolves, whole new clubs. Get in touch with your local club or the Newcastle Rugby Foundation and find out how you can support this work. 2021 can provide another exciting opportunity for the region. Back the Bid and help international rugby league come to the Toon.