Manchester Met announces Rugby League World Cup 2021 partnership

The university will undertake research for the tournament and students will benefit from work experience and internships

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been announced as the official university partner of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC 2021).

The partnership agreement will include the university’s research, facilities and student community.

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Prof Malcolm Press, vice-chancellor of MMU, said: “With the strength of our research expertise spanning the science, business, policy and culture of sport, we are excited about what can be achieved through our partnership with RLWC 2021.

“Our shared values around the importance of community and sustainability will be at the forefront of the work we will do together. This will be a global celebration of rugby league, and also a demonstration of the power of sport to bring communities together.”

As part of the partnership MMU will research hosting strategies and assess the social impact of the tournament. Students from MMU will be offered volunteering and work experience opportunities to strengthen their CVs and leadership abilities.

The contest will also use MMU’s facilities for team training and base camps.

Manchester is one of the host cities of RLWC 2021 and both the men’s and women’s finals will be held at Old Trafford.

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