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Chief Executive urges businesses to back host bid for Rugby League

Tees Valley businesses have been urged to back a bid to host Rugby League World Cup 2021 matches in the region and attend an event to highlight the benefits of the application.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, will visit Tees Valley next week to deliver a presentation to business leaders on what hosting part of the competition could mean for the region.

Business bosses will have the chance to talk to representatives from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Middlesbrough Football Club, Middlesbrough Council and Darlington Mowden Park RFC, who are working in partnership on the bid.

The bid will include an application to host international group games and a quarter-final in the men's competition as well as games from the women's competition. Key venues within the bid include the Riverside Stadium, the Northern Echo Arena and Rockliffe Hall.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, said: “We are excited to be visiting Tees Valley to show the huge impact that hosting has had on towns and cities across the world.

“The RLWC2013 set new records for economic impact and media reach that will be increased again at England 2021. An expanded event footprint will attract more live spectators, encourage domestic tourism and longer overseas visitor stays.

“We would encourage businesses to come to support the bid and ensure that they are prepared to fully take advantage of the opportunities a successful bid would bring.”

Back the Tees Valley Bid: Rugby League World Cup 2021 is taking place from 8.30am to 10am on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at the Riverside Stadium.

Businesses interested in attending the event should email to register.

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