AMBITIOUS businesses are being urged to try out as a partner of the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in Bolton.

Promoters of the tournament picked out the University of Bolton Stadium to host a group game featuring England and quarter final.

Bolton will also be a training base for one of the competing nations, it has been confirmed.

For the past two years the stadium has been a regular staging post for the Rugby Football League.

Last July saw both of the men's Challenge Cup semi-finals, between Warrington and Hull, and St Helens and Halifax, and the women's final, which saw Leeds Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers, were staged at the ground as part of a triple-header.

Now firms, having experienced the benefits of being associated with the annual Ironman gathering locally, are being invited to play a part in ensuring the RL World Cup in Bolton runs smoothly.

A Business in Bolton spokesman said: "Procurement opportunities are available during the tournament for businesses who specialise in a wide range of sectors including event services, catering and security."

Several branding opportunities are set to be made available, closer to the tournament's kick-off, on October 23 next year.

Further announcements are expected to be made concerning the make-up of fan zones and any special events being planned around the World Cup.

Council chiefs described the decision to award the borough host status as "a real Team Bolton effort" and would give "a unique opportunity to boost Bolton’s economy and get our communities involved in sport".

Leigh Sports Village has been selected to host three group games and Old Trafford will host both the men's and women's finals.

Those interested in being considered for involvement are being asked to register an interest by going online to https://www.rlwc2021.com/procurement. Another appeal has also been issued for volunteers, who want to fulfill a variety of roles, and people can register at www.rlwc2021.com/volunteers.