#Lineup4York and back our world cup bid!

Published: 30 November, 2018 - 5:22 pm
Partners across York are encouraging residents, businesses and communities to #LineUp4York and back York’s bid to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
York is currently a “Candidate City” in the bidding process for the sixteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup. The event will take place in England in October – November 2021 with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cups being staged together.
Residents, communities and businesses are being asked to show their support on social media using #LineUp4York and posting videos and pictures of them and others backing York’s bid to host the world cup. More information is available at www.york.gov.uk/lineup4york
The bid was submitted by a consortium consisting of the council, together with the University of York, York St John University, GLL, York City Knights and Make It York.
York’s bid was shaped through discussion with the Rugby League World Cup 2021 when it was established that the following elements would represent the best bid for the city:
– Hosting six women’s pool games and a women’s world cup semi-final.
– Hosting four women’s teams and one men’s team.
The campaign comes after last night (29 November) councillors agreed to a financial contribution from the council of £150k for the bid and £50k to market the event. At the Executive meeting they also noted contributions in kind from city partners including training facilities provided by University of York and York St John, community involvement from York City Knights, stadium management from GLL and the stadium management company, and destination marketing from Make It York together with commitment to support the event from across the city.
Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “World class women’s sport could be coming to York in 2021 and we want as many people as possible to support our bid. We will find out whether our bid is successful in the New Year but want to use that time highlight what an amazing asset York would be as a world cup host. One of the main aims of our bid is to connect communities and it is hoped our #LineUp4York campaign is just the start of this.”
Councillor Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council said: “Our bid aims to champion women’s sport, connect communities behind this event and encourage increased participation by inspiring York residents young and old. We will also put on an amazing event that puts York and the new stadium squarely in the international sporting spotlight and I hope as many people as possible can get behind our bid.”
Jon Flatman, Chairman of York City Knights said: “‘York City Knights would like to thank all partners for their support in the process. The Rugby League World Cup excites and engages local people with positive experiences. It’s a memorable event and one which I hope will bring great happiness and improved outcomes for the people of York”
York City chairman Jason McGill said: “We are delighted to back this bid which can only help promote the city, the new stadium, and the growing participation of women in top level sport. It would be great for the local area and would showcase international women’s rugby – which, in future years, can hopefully follow the lead set by the development of women’s football.”
Andrew Sharp, Head of Business, Make It York, said: “York and Yorkshire have a strong sporting legacy. York is well known for its world class horse racing and for hosting the UK snooker championships. And of course the county has seen a cycling revival since hosting the Tour de France and the creation of the Tour de Yorkshire. Winning this bid would undoubtedly be brilliant for the city, attracting a brand new audiences of sports fans and showcasing York in the UK and overseas.”
The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood, Canon Chancellor at York Minister said: “York Minster is proud and happy to back this bid to bring this world class competition to our world class city. We are particularly energised by the focus on women’s participation in Rugby League and in the potential for connecting communities across York. We can do this – let’s bring the World Cup to York.”
Ann Gurnell, Master of the York Guild of Media Arts said: “As a key partner in the City’s rich and varied cultural landscape and recognised role as a UNESCO Creative City, The Guild of Media Arts is excited to support the bid. Media Arts are woven through our day to day lives via broadcast, streamed and online channels not least connecting sports audiences and participants, and inspiring millions through opening ceremonies and apps. We’d love to be involved.”