Rugby Football League National Facility Strategy

The Rugby Football League instructed 4global to deliver a National Facilities Strategy, provide strategic direction and a clear evidence base for the delivery of £10m legacy facility funding, generated by the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Leading a consortium of specialist consultancies, 4global undertook a sport-wide club survey, capturing data from more than 130 RFL clubs and 20,000 players across England. The results of this survey, combined with detailed face-to-face consultations, provided an unprecedented level of insight into the quality and accessibility of Rugby League facilities. Using this data, 4global delivered a robust supply and demand layer for Rugby League facilities across England, indicating areas of surplus or deficit.

The consortium then delivered an evidence-based strategy, providing direction for facility investment over the next 10 years. Key aspects included focusing on nine priority areas for facility development, ranging from the creation of multi-sport pitch hubs to the improvement of local clubs. 4global also provided recommendations on funding vehicles that should be used for the delivery of the strategy, including the formation of new organisations and structures.

4global delivered a 10 year National Facilities Strategy that now represents a central pillar of our legacy plan for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The consultancy team at 4global were a pleasure to work with. They engaged with staff at the most senior levels of the organisation, as well grass-roots clubs and volunteers, in order to deliver an extremely high quality piece of work that has subsequently allowed us to unlock £10m funding from Sport England as part of the 2021 Facilities Legacy Programme. 4global’s data-driven approach has provided us with an unprecedented level of insight on how Rugby League is being played across the Country, as well as the areas that we need to focus our efforts on as part of the Legacy Programme.
Stephen Brown
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Rugby League World Cup 2021

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