YORK schools are set to benefit from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with its Rights Respecting Schools Award.

RLWC2021 has officially partnered with the charity Unicef UK and will help their work with schools in York - and other host towns and cities - to deliver a programme that puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

Fifty pence from every transaction will go to funding two projects and help UNICEF continue its vital work.

In the UK, RLWC2021 will support Unicef UK with the roll-out of its existing Rights Respecting Schools Award.

Unicef UK works with schools in the UK "to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured, and they are able to thrive".

The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

RLWC2021 will help Unicef UK work with schools to deliver the programme in York, as well as the host towns and cities of Doncaster, Newcastle, Sheffield and the Tees Valley.

The second project will see RLWC2021 support UNICEF on its mission to break the cycle of violence against children in Brazil, with a focus on improving the quality of psychosocial services available to children.

Funding will directly support UNICEF's work to strengthen Brazil's child protection services and will help to strengthen child protection services.

RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton said: “We are determined to leave a long-lasting, positive social impact for our host towns and cities, and being able to help the schools in York, thanks to this initiative is something which will help people in the future."

Today marks one year to go until England face Brazil.

York's LNER Community Stadium is set to play host to women's Group 'B' fixtures, which include New Zealand and Australia, when the World Cup comes to town in November 2021.