Primary school pupils get visit from Rugby League World Cup 2013 stars

New Zealand players (L-R) Krisnan Inu, Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa and Kevin Locke with pupils from St Nicholas Catholic Primary School

Rugby League World Cup 2013 stars went back to school this week to encourage pupils to try extra hard with their reading.

Four members of the New Zealand squad took a break from preparations for Friday night’s crunch quarter final with Scotland at Headingley Carnegie stadium to visit St Nicholas Catholic Primary School on Oakwood Lane in Gipton.

Current word champions Krisnan Inu, Roger Tuivasa, Shaun Johnson and Kevin Locke helped the youngsters with their reading during the visit on Tuesday morning.

Pupils decorated the school with balloons and New Zealand flags to welcome the Kiwis, who were visiting off the back of their team’s victory against Papua New Guinea last week, which was watched by 18,180 thrilled spectators at Headingley.

Headteacher Paul Lawson said pupils were really excited to meet the players.

He said: “Anything that can inspire children to read is of great worth. For our children to see such high profile sports people who think that reading is important and enjoyable can only be of great help.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure, said:

“There’s been such a huge buzz around the Rugby League World Cup games here in Leeds and I’m sure the atmosphere at Friday’s match will be electric.

“But it’s also great to know that once the tournament is over, projects like this school visit and the many other fantastic events that have taken place will ensure the World Cup has really made its mark on Leeds and will leave behind a lasting and memorable legacy.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services, added:

“Having high profile stars like the New Zealand players coming into schools always makes a huge impression on children and helps to reinforce the importance of reading and learning in a way that is fun and exciting for our pupils.

“The Rugby League World Cup has not only had a massive impact on the city’s sports community, but also, through the amazing work that has been done with local schools and young people’s groups, it has also ensured that children from around Leeds have been given an added incentive to learn, both now and in the future, by some of their sporting heroes.”

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 quarter final will take place at Headingley Carnegie on Friday, kicking off at 8pm.
Tickets are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station.

Leeds Visitor Centre is open 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 more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk