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Rugby Expo to work more closely with RFU

10 April 2013

  • Rugby Ventures partnership extended with RFU
  • Two-day conference will run for third year at Twickenham
RFU CEO Ian Ritchie at the Rugby Expo Conference

Photo: RFU Archive

Rugby Ventures is delighted to announce a partnership with the Rugby Football Union, with continued support for Rugby Expo 2013, the two-day conference and exhibition for the international rugby community.

As the event returns to Twickenham for a third consecutive year, Rugby Ventures, the management team behind Rugby Expo, and the RFU have agreed to help build on the success of the event which has grown significantly since it was first hosted at Twickenham in 2011.

Senior members of the RFU will speak at the event, working together to deliver workshop content on the grassroots focused second day. The RFU will also provide marketing support across its available channels, as the event looks to increase the number of grassroots clubs that attend the second day of Rugby Expo free of charge.

Rugby Expo will continue to work alongside the RFU in promoting its ever increasing support structures for grassroots clubs and volunteers as well as supporting a meaningful legacy following Rugby World Cup 2015 and communicating how clubs can benefits from these plans.

On confirming the agreement, RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said: “Having attended Rugby Expo for the first time last year, I am delighted we will be continuing to support this event in 2013. The event provides an excellent platform for both the professional game and grassroots game to come together to meet, network, learn from each other and in doing so supports the growth and development of all levels of the sport.”

Commenting on the involvement of the RFU’s marketing team in Rugby Expo 2013, Nic Fletcher, Head of Marketing for the RFU said: “We’ve met with the team from Rugby Ventures and are looking forward to supporting them in their vision to encourage as many grassroots clubs to attend day two of Rugby Expo as possible as the event provides a great vehicle for information exchange and learning between clubs. We will leverage our marketing channels to clubs to help Rugby Ventures promote attendance at the event.”

Jonathan Wilson, event director for Rugby Expo added: “It’s fantastic to be able to confirm this collaboration with the RFU. The feeling across the board when we speak to clubs, leagues, the home unions and previous attendees is that the event is now established as a key date in the sports diary and this agreement and others that follow will showcase how Rugby Expo is now viewed from within the sport.

“We look forward to working with both the development and marketing teams at the RFU and making the event a successful one for all involved.”

Taking place at Twickenham on Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 November, Rugby Expo 2013 will include a detailed conference programme comprising main stage plenary sessions, summits and workshops alongside a live exhibition showcasing the latest products and innovations in the sport. Following the success of previous years, the two day event will switch its focus from the professional game on day one to grass roots rugby and development on day two.

Interested participants can register to attend Rugby Expo online

If you would like to discuss opportunities regarding further involvement in the event, please contact Jason McMahon, Rugby Expo sales manager on +44 (0)845 0740752 or at jason@rugbyexpo.com.

 

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