RUGBY WORLD CUP – UPDATE

I have received the following information from the Leader of Council:

The Rugby World Cup starts this Friday and Leeds is the only host city in Yorkshire. I’m writing to let you know about the many activities taking place in celebration of this prestigious tournament coming to Leeds. Excitement is building in the city as we prepare to host two pool matches at Elland Road on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September. They are Italy v Canada and Scotland v USA respectively. Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/RWC2015 for everything Rugby World Cup in Leeds.

Fanzone

The only official Fanzone in Yorkshire – Millennium Square is set to be an 18 day celebration of Rugby World Cup. With a capacity of 4,000 the Fanzone will be open until Saturday 10 October. Not only is it showing live games on the big screen there will be food, drink and entertainment alongside demonstrations from local clubs and innovative theatre productions. It is also home to the Rugby Activity Zone where fans use inflatables, which teach proper tackling and passing techniques. The Fanzone opens this Friday at 6pm to screen the opening ceremony as well as the England v Fiji match.

Rugby World Cup Spectacular

Collective Endeavour is a major and unique outdoor performance by theatre company Tangled Feet.The event,on Friday 25 September, is designed to be a major spectacle and showcase the best of Leeds to the world. A huge production, featuring several hundred volunteer performers from across the city, it focuses on the power of community and teamwork that is central to rugby, brought to life through mass participation and moving structures. Tickets are free and are available through Event Brite.

Teams

Leeds will be a training and hotel base for the four teams playing here – Scotland, USA, Canada and Italy. They will use venues across the city including facilities run by the council, Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University and West Park Rugby.

City dressing

Colourful lamppost banners are already in place around the city promoting Rugby World Cup 2015. There has been a large welcome sign at the train station for some time, and more dressing will be added in the coming days, including a giant #LEEDS hashtag banner near Victoria Gardens for fans to have their photo taken with.

Tickets

The last round of tickets sales were released on Friday 11 September with limited availability for both the games. Tickets can be bought from https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.

Legacy

Partners from across the city have been working together to deliver legacy plans for the city, with activity including:

  • 16 RFU clubs with specific development plans and direct funding support girls and women, disabilities and increased volunteers /coaches;
  • 29 primary schools and 10 high schools participation activities linked to clubs;
  • 13 specific participation projects linked to the World Cup;
  • Coach development – 42 x Level I and 10 x Level II, plus 10 first aiders;
  • Volunteer courses – 73 x Rugby Ready and 24 Scrum Factory;
  • 6 x facility projects (clubhouse, ground and pitch improvements); and
  • O2 Touch Centres identified in Leeds – launching in October.

Major activities within the Fanzone are also being delivered including community club days, celebrations of This Girl Can (Friday 2nd October 10am-12noon) and the ‘Big Dance / Sing’  (Thursday 24th September 10am – 12noon) where over 1,000 schoolchildren will perform in Millennium Square.

Further information

To find out more and see what else is happening in the build-up to the tournament, visit our website: www.leeds.gov.uk/RWC2015. This website also includes details of any impacts on the city’s roads on what will be a very busy match weekend.

Finally, if attending any of the matches either at Elland Road or the Fanzone and tweeting include @RWC2015Leeds in your message so it can be picked up by the official account. If you have any specific queries please contact Lee Arnell, Rugby World Cup Programme Manager, at lee.arnell@leeds.gov.uk