Following the launch of the programme in January, events can now be submitted to become part of the Festival of Rugby through www.festivalofrugby2015.com. Any event hosted between June 10 and October 31 with a link to rugby can be submitted via the online application system.
With over 2,000 expressions of interest since January, the programme will join fans and wider communities together, allowing them to celebrate rugby through events hosted across the UK. And with everything from choirs, drama groups, sports groups, rugby clubs, schools and colleges registering their interest there will be something for everyone during Festival of Rugby 2015.
“We’re all really looking forward to seeing the wide range of rugby-related activities and projects that will become part of the Festival programme, demonstrating the values and many benefits of our sport.” Steve Grainger
Approved events will have access to the Festival of Rugby 2015 brand and online event toolkit, enabling event organisers to create their own t-shirts, bunting, posters, leaflets and stickers and their events will also be profiled and promoted through www.festivalofrugby2015.com. Event seekers can use the postcode facility to find Festival of Rugby 2015 events near to them.
England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans, said “We have been delighted with the initial response to our launch of the Festival of Rugby with over 2,000 expressions of interest from rugby clubs, schools, sports organisations, drama groups and fans. We are now pleased to open online applications at www.festivalofrugby2015.com allowing events to apply to be a part of the festival and event seekers to search for events in their area. Festival of Rugby 2015 is a great way for the nation to celebrate rugby in 2015.
RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger said: “The Festival of Rugby 2015 has got off to a great start, with very encouraging levels of interest from many different organisations and groups across the country. We’re all really looking forward to seeing the wide range of rugby-related activities and projects that will become part of the Festival programme, demonstrating the values and many benefits of our sport. This is a great opportunity for thousands of people up and down the country to get involved and join our rugby family in celebrating this very special year.“
A number of events and organisations have already registered their interest in the Festival of Rugby 2015, including the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge at the Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park, the massed performance of ‘The Armed Man’ run by the Voices for Hospices Choir in Kempton Park, and Wallingford RFC ‘Rugfest 2015’. These highlight the broad range and genre of events that will feature in the programme, in line with the Festival’s aim to spread the celebration of rugby far and wide in 2015.