Rugby League World Cup with Unicef

Rugby League World Cup 2021

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Our Partnership

Unicef UK are proud to be the official charity of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. The partnership will use the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work protecting children in the UK and internationally. England will host Rugby League’s biggest international tournament in Autumn 2022 with the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair World Cups staged together for first time. The InspirationALL programme is multi-dimensional with three key pillars – Volunteers, Facilities and Community Engagement – with the ultimate goal of leaving a positive and long-lasting social impact.

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What we’re doing

Rights Respecting Schools

With Rugby League World Cup’s support, we’re working with young people and school communities in northern regions in England to learn and promote children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. The programme is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools, children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.

We work with teachers and staff every step of the way on their journey to become Rights Respecting, providing training, resources, guidance and, when a school is ready, an assessment by one of our child rights professionals.

What’s more, our bespoke resources help teachers to explore with children of all ages the big issues facing the world today, from the refugee crisis to climate change. 

Child Protection in Brazil

In partnership with the Rugby League World Cup 2021, we will harness the power of together to make a transformative difference for children affected by violence in Brazil. Our partnership will focus on the city of Rio de Janeiro —where many children are exposed to especially high levels of violence.

Together with the Rugby League World Cup 2021, our partnership will support improvements in Brazil’s existing child protection services —strengthening their capacity to prevent and respond to violence against children, and their ability to reach the children who are most vulnerable. In tandem with this, we will work directly with affected communities to increase knowledge about the negative impacts of violence against children, and influence behaviour changes that tackle the root causes of violence.

Rugby League World Cup will support Rights Respecting Schools in the UK.

Working with Unicef UK will give the sport a powerful platform to help improve economic and social well-being. Unicef is a true global brand and we welcome them to the Rugby League World Cup family who will embrace their goals and programmes with open arms.
Jon Dutton, CEO Rugby League World Cup 2021