Rugby League World Cup 2021 has appoint a consultancy to evaluate the success of its InspirationALL legacy programme.

The Sports Consultancy will work closely with tournament organisers and partners Substance to monitor the positive impact and “long-lasting legacy” of the event,

RLWC2021, in partnership with the RFL, UK Sport, DCMS and Sport England, have created a variety of programmes designed “to empower and inspire individuals and groups”.

Programmes range from community-focused schemes such as mental health and wellbeing initiatives and educational resources, both designed to achieve local engagement while “changing the attitude towards rugby league by championing inclusivity; to larger, internationally driven programmes, such as the International Development Programme”.

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By employing a partner to undertake the evaluation of these schemes more than 800 days before the tournament kicks off, RLWC2021 hopes to ensure the legacy left is a positive one.

RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton said: “The Legacy Impact Evaluation is a significant piece of work for us. It is vital that we measure the impact of our work, particularly around making a positive impact on people’s lives.

“Together with our partners, we are 100% committed to ensuring that RLWC2021 leaves a positive and long-lasting impact on communities.

“Our InspirationALL programme is not a traditional major event legacy programme and we are delighted to partner with The Sports Consultancy and Substance to develop an innovative approach to measuring success and sharing that knowledge with government, the rugby league community and future rights holders who are in a similar position to us.”