5 November 2013

Young rugby players join forces in advance of RWC

Young Rugby Ambassadors visited Brighton last week as advance preparations begin for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Rugby clubs the length and breadth of England are being asked to nominate sixteen to twenty year olds to become Young Rugby Ambassadors. The ambassadors are being tasked with encouraging young people to be part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 experience and to foster a love of the sport for years to come. The aim is raise the numbers of those playing and following the game, nurturing new players and creating a legacy for the future. 

Conferences took place for the ambassadors at 10 locations around the UK during the last week of October. The conferences provided the opportunity for the young people to meet, learn more about their role and share information about the best ways to raise participation levels. 

Attendees came to Brighton on 31 October to gather at the state of the art Brighton Community Stadium. The stadium is one of thirteen UK venues where Rugby World Cup 2015 matches will be played.

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden, Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “The council is proud to be involved with supporting the enthusiastic Young Rugby Ambassadors in their mission to build momentum for the Rugby World Cup 2015. This style of participation and engagement has proved successful before, the Olympic Games Makers showed what can be achieved by the power of people working together. It is the start of exciting times for the city in anticipation of the main event in 2015.” 

The Brighton Young Rugby Ambassador’s conference was organised by RFU (Rugby Football Union), hosted by the Brighton Community Stadium and part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s legacy and development programme. The date of the Brighton conference on 31 October was chosen as this will be the day of the Final in the Rugby World Cup 2015.

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The photo shows The Mayor of Brighton and Hove Cllr Denise Cobb, Barney Reed from Southwick who plays for Shoreham Rugby club and Mal Chumbley Rugby Development officer for Sussex Rugby Football Union.

Photo credit: www.snapitnow.co.uk