Rugby Football League considers move to MediaCityUK

The Rugby Football League (RFL) is considering a permanent presence at MediaCityUK for their PR and Communications teams.

The RFL (which administers the National Rugby League Team, Challenge Cup, National Leagues and Super League) is planning the move to take advantage of the relocation of BBC Sport to Salford Quays, which takes place next year.

Speaking to the Rugby League Express, Chief Executive Nigel Wood said, “We are currently exploring the opportunity of taking a permanent office within the new Media City at Salford Quays for our PR and communications team. With the BBC set to move north in 2011 we are one of the few sporting governing bodies in a position to have a presence there…

…The BBC’s move presents a superb opportunity for Rugby League. Having so many influential journalists living in the Rugby League heartland will ensure that they, too, are immersed in the weekly excitement that our competition brings.

Meanwhile, it was today reported that of the BBC departments asked to relocate to Salford, the BBC Sports staff were the most enthusiastic – with 58% saying yes. (Radio 5Live a close second with 56%, and BBC Learning, Marketing and Technology lagging behind with just 26%).

Both announcements will be a boost to MediaCityUK’s sporting ambitions… and could encourage other sports bodies and organisations to consider the benefits of a base at Salford Quays.

H/T: The Guardian

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