Yvette Cooper calls for government help to ensure rugby league clubs survive

  • Clubs fearful of winter without season ticket money
  • Labour MP says £16m loan was welcome but more needed

Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, has called on the government to put together an “urgent plan” to ensure rugby league survives the winter months and give guarantees no club will be allowed to go out of business, despite the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the sport.

The Rugby Football League received a £16m loan from the government in May to safeguard the sport’s short-term future, but even with that financial windfall, many elite sides are fearful of the winter ahead. With clubs unable to give fans assurances on season tickets due to the uncertainty over when supporters can return to live sport, it has left many facing further shortfalls.

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