Rugby fans will be able to get up close to the prestigious Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies as they embark on a tour of the region before the Newcastle 2019 Finals in May.
Community groups, businesses, rugby clubs and schools will all be part of the Trophies Tour. The three-week programme will cover 59 separate events and will take place from Saturday 23 March. As part of the tour, the trophies will be at the Market Square in Stafford on Good Friday (19 April) between 10am and 2pm.
The event is being organised by the University of Wolverhampton and supported by Stafford Borough Council and the Town Centre Partnership and will include four hours of rugby related events for everyone. Representatives from Stafford Rugby Club and Worcester Warriors are also expected to be there.
Taking place over the weekend of 10-11 May 2019, Newcastle is hosting the Greatest Weekend in Rugby. It kicks off at St James’ Park with the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final on Friday 10th May (kick off 19.45) followed by the Heineken Champions Cup Final on Saturday 11th May (kickoff 17.00)
Chief Executive of Stafford Borough Council, Tim Clegg, said it was an exciting opportunity for rugby fans to get their photos taken with the trophies as well as take part in a fun four hours.
“It is great that Stafford has been chosen as one of the venues for this tour and I expect many sports fans will be looking forward to seeing these fantastic trophies at close quarters. Events such as this create a buzz around the town and bring an added vibrancy to the heart of Stafford – which is already home to some top sporting competitions such as the Ironman, Half Marathon and elite cycling.”
During the Trophies Tour fans will have the chance to win tickets to the Challenge Cup Final on Friday 10 May by getting the best selfie with the trophies and sharing them on social media (Twitter and Facebook) with the hashtag #Newcastle2019TrophiesTour.
Mick Hogan, Newcastle 2019 event director, said: “In the build-up to, and during the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we are looking to engage with a wide range of communities in the region and the Trophies Tour is a crucial part of this. As well as the rugby community, we want to attract new people to the sport and build excitement for what promises to be the greatest weekend in rugby.
“Both the Heineken Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies are very prestigious and impressive. We’re sure they will generate tremendous interest and will draw in large crowds to see the two trophies. As well as drumming up excitement for the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we want to showcase our wonderful region to fans from all over the world.”
Newcastle 2019 is the fastest-selling Heineken Champions Cup final ever, with fans waiting for news of a further, limited release of tickets on general public sale as allocations for fans of finalist clubs are being re-assessed throughout the season.
Tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final are also showing healthy sales and it is on course to be one of the most attended finals ever.
For more information about local activity around Newcastle 2019 and to buy tickets, please visit www.Newcastle2019.com
Press Release No 5524