- “In the last 12 months we have laid the foundations” – Debbie Jevans
- Key priorities include selecting match venues and finalising schedule says ER 2015 CEO
Exactly two years out from Rugby World Cup 2015, England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans has outlined an innovative volunteering strategy for the tournament that will draw upon rugby’s loyal grassroots community and simultaneously encourage new people to engage with the sport.
Organising committee ER 2015 is now 50-strong, and will increase to 70 staff by the end of the year. Before then, key priorities include selecting match venues, finalising the schedule and developing detailed delivery plans. Kick-off times and ticket strategies will have also been confirmed.
Early in 2014, the tournament volunteer programme will be launched. Six thousand volunteers are required for RWC 2015 and, in line with the tournament vision, ER 2015 will recruit 75 per cent of volunteers from the existing rugby club volunteer network, rewarding those who help to deliver the game in their local communities week-in, week-out.
In a bid to bring new people to the sport, the remaining 25 per cent of volunteers will be recruited from outside rugby.
With over 80 bids from across England and Wales to become RWC 2015 team bases, the search for the best possible facilities to host the world’s best teams continues – another opportunity to take the tournament around the country. In addition to that, international and domestic Webb Ellis Cup tours will begin in 2014.
On the two years to go milestone, Jevans said: “In the last 12 months we have achieved a great deal and laid the foundations – two years out we are on track and in good shape.
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“We are now focused on finalising the kick off times and the ticketing strategy by the end of the year. We continue to work with the IRB and all our key stakeholders and our aim is for tickets to be as affordable and accessible as possible.
“As we move into 2014, we begin to fully engage and mobilise our plans with the launch of the volunteer programme, the international Webb Ellis Cup tour and tickets going on sale.”
“Our role is to host and stage a tournament that not only delivers the best possible experience for the spectators and the players but also helps grow the game. The tournament provides a unique opportunity for rugby in this country, so we are delighted to support theRFU’s Posts in the Park programme.”
IRB CEO and Rugby World Cup Limited Managing Director Brett Gosper added: “In exactly two years, England will host one of the biggest sporting and cultural festivals the country has ever seen.
“For 44 days, the world’s top 700 players representing 20 nations will be performing to a global audience of four billion across 13 venues the length and breadth of the country, showcasing rugby and the host nation.”
“As we reach this landmark, I am confident that preparations are on track to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2015 will be remembered as the best ever event from a sporting experience.”
Minister for Sport and Tourism Hugh Robertson echoed those sentiments. “Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a fantastic tournament, bringing new fans and players to the game both domestically and internationally,” he added.
“With two years to go until it kicks off, strong plans are in place to ensure both the players and spectators are well looked after and a legacy for the sport is delivered.”