50 days to go until RLWC2013 in Leeds

Children from Holy Family Catholic Primary and Queensway Primary schools celebrating 50 days to go until RLWC2013 in Leeds

Excitement is building in Leeds as the city prepares to host two Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) games this autumn.

Children from two Leeds primary schools performed Hakas on Millennium Square today, to mark 50 days to go until the first of two of the tournament’s matches are played in the city.

The pupils, from Holy Family Primary School in Armley and Queensway Primary in Yeadon, composed their own versions of the traditional ancestral war dance to celebrate New Zealand being the city’s adopted nation for this autumn’s tournament. They went head-to-head in an impressive display to give people a taste of what they can expect to see when the reigning world champions play in the city.

New Zealand will be based in Leeds for most of the tournament, and take on Papua New Guinea at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, on Friday 8 November as part of RLWC2013.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member responsible for learning and leisure said:

“RLWC2013 is the next big sporting event to take place in the UK after the Olympics, and it’s going to be a truly world class tournament. With two games taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, and New Zealand and Italy being based in the city, we are confident that the tournament will generate many benefits for residents and businesses alike.

“It’s great to see children in the city getting excited about the tournament and having the opportunity to think about and explore other cultures too. We want there to be a lasting legacy for rugby league in Leeds as a result of our role as a host city, and our range of RLWC2013 themed events have been generating great interest and many more activities will continue through the summer and until the tournament ends in November.”

Former Leeds Rhinos and England RL player Keith Senior said:

“The world cup is the biggest event in rugby league and it’s great that people will be able to see the game being played at the highest level in Leeds during RLWC2013.”

Keith also visited a Leeds primary school this week to talk about his experiences of playing in previous world cup tournaments in a special assembly. He also read specially commissioned book ‘What’s a Bear to Wear’ by children’s author Tom Palmer with pupils at Windmill Primary School to promote the importance of reading.


Additional information

RLWC2013 is coming at an exciting time for primary school physical education (PE) and sport. All primary schools in Leeds are being encouraged to sign-up to a citywide package, called ‘Active Schools’, which has been developed by Leeds City Council as a result of additional government funding aimed at improving PE, sport and physical activity in primary schools both within and outside curriculum time.

The Try Reading initiative is an Arts Council funded project to help libraries across the country work together to get more people reading in the lead up to Rugby League World Cup 2013. There are a series of events taking place in Leeds libraries up until the tournament ends in November 2013. For more information about Leeds City Council libraries visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries

To ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy the international game once the regular season has ended, a fantastic incentive is on offer when buying tickets for the games in Leeds. When a ticket to one of the games is purchased, a ticket for the second game is then available to buy at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals.

Tickets are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station, the opening hours of which are Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website www.visitleeds.co.uk, email tourinfo@leeds.gov.uk, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.rlwc2013.com or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.


For media enquiries, please contact;

Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (07712) 214223

Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk