Kick start for parks in Leeds as they are converted for two years to go celebrations

Today (Wednesday 18 September) marks two years to go until the third largest sporting event in the world comes to England – Rugby World Cup 2015.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has launched a national campaign today– Posts in the Park- to encourage more people to get involved in rugby through making the sport more accessible to members of the public.

As part of the campaign, each of the host cities for the England Rugby World Cup 2015 will receive ten rugby posts to place in and around the city, with the first post being installed to mark two years to go until the tournament. The individual posts will be used as part of the wider world cup legacy work in the city and will offer a focus for informal rugby activity in parks and other open spaces.

Roundhay Park will be the first park in Leeds to have the posts installed on Wednesday 18 September; with a further nine posts being installed in various locations across the city in coming months.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for the environment said:

“Posts in the Park is the perfect opportunity for people to get outside and be active whilst celebrating the countdown to a fantastic global event. This campaign is a way of offering people across our city a go at rugby, when they may not otherwise have access to it.

“Leeds is building a real sporting legacy, and is great to know we have yet another world class event to look forward to being involved in. Planning is well under way and we have an exciting two years to look forward too before the main tournament.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved be it through volunteering, experiencing the fan zones, buying tickets, watching the games on TV or simply enjoying the atmosphere in Leeds.”

Elland Road Stadium has been named as one of the venues to stage fixtures when the Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to England. Leeds will host two games, the first Canada against Italy on Saturday 26 September 2015 and the second Scotland against Americas 2 on Sunday 27 September.

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