International rugby league tournament kicks off in Leeds

From left to right: Adam Newton of GB Police RL, Emma Slowe of England Women RL, Kevin Sinfield of England RL, Andy Wharton of England Wheelchair RL, Chris Gordon of GB Armed Forces RL and Alistair Leek of England Students RL.

Rugby league fans in Leeds are being encouraged to show their support for the sport in its grass roots form as the Festival of World Cups gets underway in the city this week.

The Festival of World Cups brings together five competitions - women's, wheelchair, armed forces, student and police, with teams from all over the world taking part.

The 14 international teams for the women’s, police, and student festivals are basing themselves in Leeds for the duration of the tournament, which runs from 3 July and culminates in a finals day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on 14 July. Group stage games are taking place at a number of venues around Leeds and West Yorkshire including South Leeds Stadium, Provident Stadium in Bradford, The Big Fellas Stadium in Featherstone, The LoveRugbyLeague.Com Stadium in Batley, and The Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury.

The Festival of World Cups Finals Day takes place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday July 14 when the Police, Women’s and Students finals take place at 11.30am, 1.45pm and 4pm, respectively.

The festival is part of what will be a momentous year for rugby league with the 2013 Rugby League World Cup being staged in England and Wales this autumn.

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

“We are delighted to welcome another international sporting event to the city, and this coupled with us being a host city for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup later this year, really cements Leeds' place as a capital for community rugby league.

“We're also welcoming 14 international teams and their supporters for the women’s, police and students tournaments, and as they are basing themselves in Leeds for the duration of the festival, tourism and local businesses around the city will also benefit.

“The Festival of Rugby League World Cups is a real celebration of grass roots rugby league, and the culmination of the tournaments in a finals day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in July will be a wonderful and affordable family sporting occasion.”

England RL captain Kevin Sinfield said:

“It is great that Headingley Carnegie is hosting Finals Day for the Festival of World Cups. Headingley Carnegie has hosted some of the greatest names in our games history for over a century and I am sure this will be another great occasion.”

All four second-round student world cup games on Super Sunday will be played at South Leeds Stadium, with tickets priced at £5 for adults, with under-16s going free. Tickets are available at the stadium during office hours, or by calling 0113 271 2730. Tickets will also be available on match days.

Tickets for the Finals Day are on sale priced at £6 for adults and £2 for under-16s. Tickets can be bought online at: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/rle/default.aspx or by calling the RFL Box Office on 0844 856 1113. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day.

Notes to editors

Super Sunday - Sunday 7 July Student World Cup at South Leeds Stadium, Leeds

12.00pm Scotland v Russia

2.00pm Australia v New Zealand

4.30pm South Africa v Ireland

6.30pm England v Wales

Finals Day - Sunday 14 July at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds

11.30am Police World Cup final

1.45pm Women's World Cup final

4.00pm Student World Cup final

The Festival of the World Cups will take place between 3 and 14 July in a range of venues.

The armed forces festival will be staged at Colchester Garrison, and the Finals of the Women’s, Police and Student festivals will be at Headingley Carnegie Stadium July 14th.

The Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Festival will be staged at Medway Park in Gillingham, Kent.

For more information on the Festival of World Cups visit www.rlfowc2013.com/

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk