A CUMBRIAN rugby league side have launched a new initiative to bring fans closer to the club.

Whitehaven Rugby League have opened a brand new YouTube channel, which will feature interviews with players and staff and other exclusive content. The club are also looking for fans to join them for videos in the near future.

Fans interested in taking part should keep an eye on social media

It is hoped that the channel will bring fans closer to the action, with the likelihood that the 2021 season will take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesman for the club said: "Although we may not be able to welcome fans back down to the Recreation Ground straight away, the launch of this new channel will enable us to bring them closer to the action until the Chocolate, Blue & Gold army are once again back through the turnstiles, which we all hope will be sooner rather than later.

The first feature for the new channel will be go live on the site this week, with full details to be published on the club's social media feeds.

The start of this year's season has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rugby league action is set to return on the weekend of March 21 with the 2021 Challenge Cup.