THE Rugby Football League say their community clubs have received over £750,000 through initiatives and emergency funding, and are on the way to reaching the £1 million mark.

With the sport being hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak, the RFL believe it is integral that the community scene can still survive once rugby is back.

The RFL issued this statement: “Clubs have lost income from match days and events, and their costs remain around buildings, insurances, pitch maintenance and more.

"Community clubs traditionally reinvest their income into their facilities, equipment, and opportunities for players and coaches.

"The RFL has acted swiftly to support clubs to access support from a variety of sources - to help them to weather the current pressures and to look to protect clubs."

Marc Lovering, the RFL's Participation and Development Director, said: "Community clubs are the bedrock of the sport and the financial impact of the crisis on them is very real.

"We have been working to support our community clubs in taking advantage of the various Government initiatives available and to access the Sport England Emergency Funding since community rugby league activity ceased in mid-March.
 
"We have a team supporting clubs on an individual basis in addition to colleagues working on various initiatives to keep the whole rugby league community active. 

"We can help all clubs, in all areas, to understand and access available support – please contact us.

"To date, over £750,000 has been received by community clubs from the various national and regional initiatives and emergency funding. We are confident the total financial support for the grassroots game will exceed £1m.

"We will continue to work with community clubs to ensure they access the support available so the pressures on them are eased and we can look forward with confidence to when training and play can restart."