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Written by . Published on June 17th 2011.

How YOU can bring the Rugby League World Cup to Leeds

LEEDS residents are being asked to sign up to back the city’s bid to be a host for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

If you want Leeds to host a world class sporting event then go to Facebook (www.facebook.com/leedsrlwc) and Twitter - @LeedsRLWC - to show your support.

The council, working in partnership with Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United and Marketing Leeds, submitted an initial bid to tournament organisers the Rugby Football League in April. Those initial bid are being evaluated with final bids to be put forward by 15 July, and the successful host cities will be announced in November.

“Rugby league and the city of Leeds have been linked since the very formation of the game, and the city has a proud heritage within the sport."

Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked, at their meeting next week, to give approval for Leeds to submit a final bid for the city to be a host city.

If Leeds does win then matches during the prestigious tournament - featuring 14 of the world’s best teams including the mighty Aussies - would be played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and Elland Road.

Leeds is a city with a strong tradition and real passion for rugby league, and the Rhinos are one of the most successful professional rugby league clubs in the world.

The city also boasts one of the strongest rugby league fan bases in the country, as well as a large number of successful community and amateur clubs. Bringing the tournament to Leeds would give supporters in the region a fantastic opportunity to attend international games in the city and bring rugby league to a wider audience.

The bid team say it will also be a great opportunity to promote Leeds as a top tourist destination, with all the high quality restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment the city offers.

“Rugby league and the city of Leeds have been linked since the very formation of the game, and the city has a proud heritage within the sport,” said Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rhinos who are backing the bid.

“It would be fantastic to bring the best players from around the world to perform here in Leeds and it will certainly help inspire the next generation of young Rugby League players. Here at Headingley Carnegie Stadium we have a proven track record of successfully putting on major sporting events and we are delighted to be involved in the city’s bid.”

Hosting the tournament is expected to bring economic benefits to the UK of between £30m – £50m. Over 250,000 people will attend games, which will be broadcast in over 120 countries attracting around 20million viewers worldwide.

Each match held in Leeds would give a significant boost to the local economy and wider city region, while there would also be major benefits in terms of business, culture and education.

“We are very pleased to be working with Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United and Marketing Leeds on this bid, and together we hope to present the strongest possible case for bringing the world cup to our city,” says Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for leisure.

“We now need local residents to come on board and back the bid by signing up on Facebook and Twitter, to give our city the best possible chance to reap the benefits that being a host city would bring.” 

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