Wood hails proud achievement for Rugby League

Date published: Saturday, May 14, 2011

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has hailed the sport’s nomination at a prestigious national awards ceremony this week as deserved recognition of the high quality of the work done by people at every level of Rugby League.
The RFL was shortlisted as Sports Governing Body of the Year at the Sports Industry Awards in London and though UK Athletics collected the award, Wood believes everyone in the sport should feel proud of the nomination.
“Whilst it would have been nice to win, our nomination in itself is worthy recognition of the consistently high quality contributions made by players, officials and the army of volunteers who are helping Rugby League become one of the country’s most successful sports,” said Wood.
“Through those efforts, Rugby League has made great strides in recent years and the RFL is rightly regarded as a modern, progressive and forward-thinking governing body.
“I would like to place on record my congratulations to UK Athletics and my thanks to all the people involved in professional, semi-professional and community Rugby League for all their hard work.”

The RFL was short-listed as Sports Governing Body of the Year following a successful 12 months in the sport’s history which saw:
•    Participation levels increase to an all-time high – the number of adults participating in Rugby League in England increased by over 30,000 whilst the total number of secondary school pupils participating in the sport increased by over 25,000;
•    The RFL announce record distributions to member clubs after recording a profit for the eighth successive year;
•    The high quality of the RFL’s staff and effectiveness of its management was recognised by the governing body being awarded Investors In People status;
•    The sport’s two major finals, the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final and the Engage Super League Grand Final, play out in front of capacity crowds at Wembley and Old Trafford.
•    The RFL become the first sporting organisation ever to enter the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index.

“These were all significant achievements and I am sure everyone involved with Rugby League will do all they can to ensure the sport continues to grow in stature throughout 2011 and beyond,” added Wood.