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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Allerdale to host Scotland Rugby League World Cup team

Scotland's finest rugby league stars will call West Cumbria home during next year’s World Cup.

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WELCOME SCOTLAND: Rugby girls at Netherhall School with, from left, Cumbria RFL manager Alan Davidson, PE teacher Leah Stones, Allerdale councillor Mark Fryer and Allerdale sports development officer Rebecca Stamper

Steve McCormack’s side will use the district as a base throughout their involvement in the tournament, which takes place in October and November.

Workington Town’s international flyer Brett Carter is hoping to be involved with Scotland, the ninth ranked side.

They will be welcomed with a civic reception dinner and events for residents to get involved with the team.

Coaching workshops involving Scotland’s players and coaches will be available.

Allerdale council will hold a series of seminars over the coming months for clubs and business to see how they can get involved in helping make sure the World Cup has maximum impact in Allerdale.

Funding will be available to clubs to help stage World Cup-themed events and help to develop a surge in interest in the sport.

Pupils at Maryport’s Netherhall School celebrated the news yesterday, and councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale’s sports development member, said: “The Scotland team will visit many of Allerdale’s tourist hot spots and the team really want to become part of our community over their four-week stay.

“It’s not just about the World Cup, but encouraging young people to take an interest in sports generally, to get involved in the activities that will be happening in Allerdale and get healthier as a result.”

The tournament kicks off at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium with Wales taking on Italy and co-hosts England playing Australia.

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