Seven of the top teams in Rugby League are banding together to launch a new joint project aimed at reducing youth crime and violence.

The RFL have launched this on the back of receiving £660,000 of funding from Youth Endowment to help prevent young people from entering a world of violence and crime.

The clubs involved are Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors, Leigh Centurions, St Helens and Huddersfield Giants.

RFL Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer was delighted to help launch the initiative. He said: “Rugby League is committed as a sport to making lives better, and it is uniquely placed to do so. This great news is further recognition of the difference this sport makes in its communities.

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“We know that young people want and deserve direction, guidance and positive role models to look up to – and unfortunately what can happen in the absence of these things.

“With the support of the Youth Endowment Fund, we know that Rugby League will make an even bigger difference for young people.”

Executive Director of the Youth Endowment Fund, Jon Yates, also commented: “Too many children have their lives blighted by violent crime. Across the country organisations are working hard to change this. We’re delighted to partner with the Rugby Football League on this programme. With this money we can make a difference and learn lessons that can help across England and Wales.”