Wakefield Wildcats are delighted with the news that Wakefield Council are continuing to offer their financial support towards The Club.
An official statement was made by the Council yesterday:
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet has agreed to extend its offer of support of offer made in July 2009 of land assets to the value of £2m to both Wakefield District Community Trust (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) and Castleford Tigers on the understanding that both clubs are in Super League and need to upgrade facilities to meet Rugby Football League criteria.
The offer is subject to review again in July 2011 to ensure the Council supports the clubs beyond the point that the RFL is due to make an announcement on the new superleague licenses.
The Council is also continuing to offer officer support to Featherstone Rovers on the basis that this club is not currently required to upgrade its facilities at present.
Deputy Council Leader Cllr Denise Jeffery, who is responsible for regeneration and economic growth, said: “We have extended our support because we wish to support Rugby League across the district. It is part of our heritage, we are proud of all our clubs and want to see them do well.
“Both Castleford and Wakefield are continuing to progress their own independent projects to upgrade their stadiums. Extending the offer of support means we will be able to continue to offer support to the clubs.
“Since we first made the offer last year, the financial position of the Council is much changed and we now have to meet a significant budget gap. However, we are still committed to doing all we can to protect the future of rugby league in the district.”