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Swinton Lions and Manchester Rangers Announce Development Partnership

15 July 2021

The Swinton Lions’ Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new partnership with the Manchester Rangers Foundation. The arrangement will focus on the two organisations linking together to provide rugby league participation opportunities for young people across Greater Manchester.

On behalf of the Lions, Director of Development, Damian Ridpath, explained, “Our Foundation is now providing a wide range of opportunities to maximise the potential that this year’s World Cup will bring. But to enable best outcomes for rugby league, it’s important that we have a unified approach alongside other like-minded organisations across Greater Manchester.

“The recent development of the Greater Manchester Player Development League, of which Swinton is a prominent driver, is one example of how the professional club foundations have worked together alongside the RFL, in order to provide something new and innovative for the sport.

“The partnership with Manchester Rangers Foundation will enable both foundations to work symbiotically with similar aims and objectives, and achieve positive outcomes for young people in this region within the sport of rugby league.”

Matt Valentine of Manchester Rangers added, “We are looking forward to working with the Swinton Lions Foundation, as part of the joined approach to the Greater Manchester Player Development League.

“Leading into the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, there is nothing more important than a flourishing community game to grow the sport and we are also looking forward to working alongside Swinton Lions Foundation to achieve this. There has already been some fantastic groundwork put in place and the time is right to build on that together.

“Along with the RFL and other foundations such as Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Rochdale Hornets, we have a once in a decade opportunity to nurture lasting roots of Rugby League within the Greater Manchester area.”


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