Posts in the Parks initiative launched
Two years out from the tournament and the country is already making moves to become a rugby nation ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015.
From Newcastle in the north east to Exeter in the south west, and from Birmingham in the Midlands to London in the south east, rugby posts will be popping up in parks between now and Rugby World Cup 2015 as part of the Rugby Football Union’s 'Posts in the Parks' legacy programme.
Aimed at broadening the appeal of rugby and reaching out to new audiences, particularly in the RWC 2015 host cities, up to 100 posts will be installed in parks in the 10 English cities that are raring to host 48 games in two years’ time.
Exciting times for rugby in England
The initiative was launched on the day that marks two years until RWC 2015 kicks off at Inwood Park in Hounslow, south west London, where RWC 2003 winner Lawrence Dallaglio and local children from Cranford Community College marked the install with a training session. The schoolchildren enjoyed a masterclass in tackling, kicking and passing from the England legend, which clearly left them inspired about rugby and looking forward to RWC 2015.
Leicester, Milton Keynes, Exeter, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Gloucester and Newham are all running events today to celebrate the installation of the posts, which will be attended by schoolchildren and players from a variety of different schools and clubs, generating a buzz across the country. Each host city has received up to 10 specially designed posts supplied by the RFU which will be installed by tournament time.
Lawrence Dallaglio, an ambassador for England Rugby 2015, said: “Two years out from the tournament and we are already seeing the impact of Rugby World Cup 2015 being hosted in England. Posts in the Parks is a great concept – to see 100 rugby posts going up in parks all across the country is a real opportunity to raise interest and awareness of the Game.
“For the RFU to have a legacy programme in place now means that more people can have access to rugby – not only in the lead-up and during the tournament, but long afterwards.”
For England Rugby 2015, this is about much more than just a tournament, and the organising committee is determined to support the RFU to make sure that RWC 2015 has a robust legacy focused on growing the game of Rugby in England.
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