The Stoop and Surrey Sports Park named as host venues for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010
The Stoop, home of Guinness Premiership side Harlequins, and the new multi million pound Surrey Sports Park in Guildford will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010.
The Twickenham Stoop will provide a stunning backdrop to the semi finals and final. The 14,000 capacity stadium will host the semi finals on September 1 and the final on September 5.
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The Stoop is no stranger to hosting big sporting events. In 2009 the South West London ground hosted the second match of the Rugby League Four Nations between world champions New Zealand and defending tournament champions Australia.
Mark Evans, Harlequins’ Chief Executive said: “I am delighted that we will be hosting the sixth Women’s Rugby World Cup semi finals and final here at the Twickenham Stoop, home of Harlequins.
“Since the tournament began in 1991 it has helped to build and develop women’s rugby into an increasingly recognised sport, boasting ever higher skill and commitment levels and one which now, in England alone has over 500 affiliated clubs, one being our own Harlequins Ladies team.
The Stoop has been centre stage to a number of exciting and memorable games over the years since it first became the official home of the club in 1963. Since then, the ground has seen some of the world’s greats take to the pitch and some extremely memorable games. Now we look forward to the world’s best women rugby players taking to the field.
"On the October 3, at our Guinness Premiership game against Bath, we officially opened the new South Stand, which brought the Stoop’s capacity to an impressive 14,200. It would be fantastic to fill the stadium for the Women’s Rugby World Cup and support this ever growing and fast improving sport.”
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Surrey Sports Park in Guildford will provide the perfect setting for the tournament's pool games which get under way on August 20th. The venue is also doubling up as the athlete's village for all 12 teams competing in the tournament.
Due to open early in 2010, and being tipped as one of the premier training facilities ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Sports Park will offer the Rugby World Cup teams an exceptional playing and training experience. With access to a wide range of state of the art facilities, the players will find the park an ideal environment in which to prepare for the tournament.
Meanwhile, spectators can expect a similarly experience at the Surrey Sports Park which has excellent transport links.
Jason Harborow, Managing Director, Surrey Sports Park, said: “We are thrilled to be staging our first truly international sporting event just a few months after we open. It’s a huge privilege to be hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup and a true measure of how highly regarded our facilities are when such an important event as this is entrusted to us.
“It will be a great challenge for everyone at the Surrey Sports Park and I know we will deliver a tournament of which women’s rugby will be very proud”.
For more information about the Twickenham Stoop, go to www.quins.co.uk.
For more information about the Surrey Sports Park, go to www.surreysportspark.co.uk.