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Youngsters join bid to bring World Cup to Doncaster

XP school pupils L-r Caitlin Lofthouse, 14, Courtney Holdridge, 11 and Ashley Czerwionka, 12, pictured with their posters. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Rugby Posters MC 2
XP school pupils L-r Caitlin Lofthouse, 14, Courtney Holdridge, 11 and Ashley Czerwionka, 12, pictured with their posters. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Rugby Posters MC 2

World Cup? Bring it to Doncaster!

That was the message from youngsters at a Doncaster school who have created their own designs for posters backing a bid to bring the Rugby League World Cup to the borough.

A number of youngsters from the XP free school, based at Middle Bank, created their own posters in the course of their artwork at school expressing support for the event.

Pupils Caitlin Lofthouse, aged 14, Courtney Holdridge, aged 11 and Ashley Czerwionka, aged 12, were among those working on designs.

Ashley said: "It feels good to be part of something and to help people see how great a sport rugby is"

And Courtney added it would be amazing to help bring the world cup to Doncaster,

Teacher Andy Jackson, who has been working with the pupils on their designs was also pleased to see the work in support of the bid.

He said: "We're delighted to be part of the bid - it would be brilliant if some of the matches were held here. It's great to be part of something that could bring Doncaster to the world stage."

The free school is just a few hundred yards away from the Keepmoat Stadium, which would provide a venue for matches if the borough is selected for games.

He said the work had looked at ways a poster can convey what sport means to our town, and how it enhances the community.

We launched our Rugby League World Cup 2021: Touch Down in Doncaster campaign to support efforts to make the borough a host town for the sport's most glittering showcase event.

We are urging both primary and secondary schools across the borough to design posters backing our campaign, to help show the borough's support for the bid.

We will print as many of them as we can in the Free Press. If you want to get involved with our campaign or design a poster email david.kessen@jpress.co.uk, marking your message World Cup Campaign.

A joint bid is being put together involving Doncaster Council, Business Doncaster, and Club Doncaster, the umbrella organisation which works with the borough's professional sports clubs.

They are putting together a case which will be presented to the organisers of the Rugby League World Cup, who will select where the games will be played during the tournament in 2021.

In total, 16 teams will play 31 matches during the tournament. There will also be 14 venues hosting games. The deadline for applications is the end of July, with successful applications moving on to a 'candidate stage' .

During that period, officials from the world cup will visit facilities to see what is on offer. Decisions are expected to be made in January 2019.