Amy Martin, Executive Chair of the Collegiate Board, said: “We are beyond excited to be part of York’s winning city-wide bid to host teams during RLWC 2021. We know our grounds and facilities are in a league of their own and look forward to being involved in what will be an unforgettable experience for all of us, as part of the York offer.”
Principal Steven Jandrell added: “This is fantastic news. As our Performance Sport Programmes are such an important part of what we offer at Queen Ethelburga’s, to be part of this globally watched event will have a hugely positive impact on our students and other aspiring athletes across the city.”
The Collegiate has been rated ‘Excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the campus is known for its high quality sporting facilities, enabling its experienced and dedicated sports staff and coaches to successfully deliver a wide range of sporting activities for its students. It also regularly plays host to professional sports clubs and associations from across the UK.
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, commented: “RLWC2021 will see nations from all over the world travel to England to compete for the sport’s most prestigious prize. Today, we are really pleased to be able to announce which towns and cities will be used as hotel and training bases for the competing nations. Each chosen location submitted a compelling bid and our decisions represent our confidence in each of these towns and cities to provide a world-class host experience to the visiting nations in 2021.
“These chosen hosts will play such an important role in welcoming all teams and nations, offering them a base and helping them prepare in the best possible environment so they can perform at their peak on the pitch.”
The opening fixtures of RLWC2021 are exactly 900 days away and the next stage of planning has been finalised, with today’s announcement confirming the 16 local towns and cities that will host the 32 competing nations. Qualification is still ongoing across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments and all nations will be confirmed in time for the draw, which takes place on November 27 this year. Following the draw, York will find out who the city will be hosting.
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