Sheffield volunteers needed to be the face of the World Cup

Volunteers from Sheffield are needed for the trailblazing Rugby League World Cup 2021 Power Squad.

Friday, 26th February 2021, 11:43 am

The Power Squad will be the face of the tournament and will carry out a variety of roles on all 61 match days at 21 venues, including Sheffield, across 18 host town and cities, as well as supporting on non-match days.

It will be made up of 2,000 volunteers, showcasing the values of rugby league as well as welcoming the world to England when the 16th edition of this historic global event kicks off in the autumn.

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The Rugby League World Cup when it was on show at Sheffield Town Hall, pictured with player James Simpson

Sheffield will host an England men’s group game at Bramall Lane. The EIS Sheffield will also host all Group B and both semi-finals in the wheelchair tournament. The city will also be the team base for the Greece (men’s) and France, Wales, Scotland and USA (wheelchair) teams.

The Power Squad will play a key role in the delivery of the six-week tournament with a range of roles, including transport, spectator services, accreditation, way-finding, media, content and broadcast support.

Jon Dutton, chief executive of RLWC2021, said: “The Power Squad programme will be the biggest volunteer squad ever assembled for a rugby league event. We want to engage with all ages, genders and communities and build on the incredible passion for volunteering at major events in England.

"The UK has a fantastic volunteer network which we hope to tap into. A successful tournament cannot be run without our Power Squad and we hope to welcome many new people to the ever-growing rugby league family to experience the passion, pride and community spirit of the sport.”

RLWC2021 ambassadors Lois Forsell and Robbie Hunter-Paul will support the launch of The Power Squad applica tion period as well as joining the rest of the RLWC2021 Ambassador Squad at the interview sessions and training days to pass on their knowledge of playing in a sporting event of this scale.

Former England star Lois said: “I urge everyone in and around the RLWC2021 host towns and cities to take up this opportunity and apply to be a volunteer at international Rugby League’s showpiece event.”

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