The RFL recorded a pre-tax profit for an eighth consecutive year in 2009, a period which saw Rugby League’s governing body distribute record payments to and on behalf of its member clubs.
Rugby League clubs received a total of £5.3m from central funds last year, £3m more than in 2008, from a turnover of £21.9m, the largest in the RFL’s history.
The record turnover was 50 per cent higher than the previous record of £14.5m in 2008 and was largely due to increased broadcast revenue and grants from Sport England to increase participation at grassroots level.
The figures are published today in the RFL’s Annual Accounts and show that Rugby League is in robust health and well-placed to ride the economic downturn.
“The sport continues to thrive despite the challenging economic climate,” said RFL Chairman Richard Lew
“The enhanced contracts we negotiated with our broadcast partners Sky and the BBC have enabled the RFL to provide clubs with the resources they need to operate successfully in difficult trading conditions.
“2009 was an exceptionally good year for both the sport and the RFL. The accounts reflect the quality of the hard work and dedication shown by RFL staff, the clubs and the sport’s many volunteers.”
The accounts show that in 2009 the RFL recorded a profit before tax of £13,000. Last year also saw an increase in payments to the RFL’s charities – the RFL Benevolent Fund, Rugby League Foundation, RFL National Museum and Arts Foundation and RFL Facilities Trust – from £275,000 in 2008 to £510,000 in 2009.
The RFL’s Accounts for 2009 were presented to clubs at their AGM at Halifax on Wednesday. The accounts have been filed with Companies House and will be available to view and download at www.therfl.co.uk later this week.