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Stadium bid for World Cup rugby

22nd November 2018

World class women’s sport could be coming to York in 2021 - with the new Community Stadium set to be in the international sporting spotlight. 

At a meeting of City of York Council's Executive next Thursday (November 29), councillors will be asked to agree to fund York’s bid for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 should York be announced as a host city early in 2019.

At the meeting, councillors will be asked to agree a financial contribution from the council of £150,000 for the bid and £50,000 to market the event and note contributions in kind from city partners including training facilities provided by University of York and York St John, community involvement from York City Knights, stadium management from York Stadium Management Company and destination marketing from Make It York together with commitment to support the event from across the city including York City Football Club. 

In addition, councillors are asked to authorise the signing of a hosting agreement should the bid be successful.                                           

York is currently a “Candidate City” in the bidding process for the sixteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup.

The event will take place in England in October - November 2021 with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cups being staged together.

The bid was submitted by a consortium consisting of the council, together with the University of York, York St John University, GLL, York City Knights and Make It York. 

York’s bid was shaped through discussion with the Rugby League World Cup 2021 when it was established that the following elements would represent the best bid for the city:

  • Hosting six women’s pool games and a women’s world cup semi-final.
  • Hosting four women’s teams and one men’s team

York City chairman Jason McGill said: "We are delighted to back this bid which can only help promote the city, the new stadium, and the growing participation of women in top level sport. It would be great for the local area and would showcase international women's rugby - which, in future years, can hopefully follow the lead set by the development of women's football."

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “This bid has been made possible by the new stadium, which will be completed next year, quality training facilities and our well known reputation as a welcoming place for visitors.  We have proven that as a city we can host huge events with many festivals held in the city every year. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 would be an exciting addition to our events calendar, especially after the recent success of the York City Knights and growing interest in rugby league across the city.”

Councillor Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council said: “This event offers the opportunity for the city to develop a profile in international women’s sport.  We hope that if our bid is successful it will provide the catalyst to inspire more women to take part in sport, whether rugby or any sport that appeals to them.  Our bid aims to champion women’s sport, connecting communities behind this event, challenging preconceptions about both York and women’s sport and encouraging increased participation in sport by inspiring residents young and old.  We will also put on an amazing event that puts York squarely in the international sporting spotlight."

Executive takes place at West Offices, Station Rise on Thursday 29 November 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be

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