With less than a month to go until the Rugby League World Cup 2013 comes to Leeds, a whole host of events are planned to involve the people of the city in the matches.
On Friday November 8, reigning rugby league world champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea in their third and final group game at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
In preparation for the tournament, Leeds City Council has provided grants to local arts organisations to deliver world cup themed cultural activities and raise awareness of the city’s host status to a wider audience. As a result on November 8 people heading to the game will be entertained by a ‘mass busk’ features 100 poets, who will perform their pieces on the approach to and inside the stadium grounds.
Elsewhere Leeds school children will be taking part in ‘Matchday Festivals’ on both November 8 game and the Quarter Final on November 15, by participating in a parade to mark their once in a lifetime participation in a world sporting event.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills, said: “It’s just four weeks now until people in Leeds get the opportunity to attend a world cup event in their very own city. Rugby League World Cup 2013 is going to be a fantastic tournament, and Leeds is immensely proud to have reigning world champions New Zealand staying and playing in the city.”
Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said: “All the focus is now on the world cup and the excitement is building especially here in Leeds where we will be hosting the World Champions New Zealand.”
Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.rlwc2013.com.