Thursday, 8 November 2012

Rugby League World Cup trophy tour comes to Leeds

Front row (left to right): Jamie Peacock MBE, Danny Mcguire, Darren Lockyer, Councillor Adam Ogilvie
Back row: Pupils from Holy Family Catholic Primary School

The countdown to Rugby League World Cup 2013 picks up pace today (Thursday 8 November) as the prestigious silverware comes to Leeds, exactly one year out from the first match to be played in the city.

The magnificent trophy will be on display at various locations during the day giving local children and residents the opportunity to see it and have their pictures taken with it.

The trophy’s first stop is Headingley Carnegie Stadium, venue of the two RLWC2013 matches being played in Leeds on 8 and 15 November 2013. It will be greeted by former Australian RL captain and rugby league legend Darren Lockyer, former England RL captain and the most successful Super League player of all time Jamie Peacock MBE, and six time Grand Final winner with Leeds Rhinos Danny McGuire. They will be joined by school children from Holy Family Catholic Primary School, who will each represent one of the 14 nations taking part in the tournament.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive board member for Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Leeds said:
"We are delighted to welcome the Rugby League World Cup trophy to Leeds. The events taking place today are designed to raise awareness and help people to engage with the next big global sporting event, part of which is taking place right here in Leeds.

“With our partners, we will be organising a programme of activities that will culminate next November when Headingley Carnegie Stadium play host to a group game between reigning world champions New Zealand and Papua New Guinea on 8 November, and a quarter-final on 15 November.

"I know that the people of Leeds will get behind this tournament and make it a truly memorable occasion for the city."

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said:
"Today marks exactly a year to the day to Headingley Carnegie hosting the world champions New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and the excitement is already building. I am sure the Leeds public will get behind both games we will be hosting in Rugby League World Cup 2013 and we have seen this summer the power that sport has to inspire the next generation."

At lunchtime, the trophy will pay a visit to the offices of DLA Piper, the workplace of FLAG representative for Leeds Danny Frank. FLAG was created by tournament organisers to give fans a voice in the planning for RLWC2013. Members of DLA Piper staff will be able to view the trophy and take photographs over the lunchtime period.

Sarah Day, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Leeds office said:
"We are delighted to be able to play host to the Rugby League World Cup trophy this week. As a fan’s representative for RLWC2013, we are extremely proud of Danny Frank, a team leader in our business infrastructure team, who has inspired us all with his long service and dedication to the sport in the city. The sparkle of the Olympics may be behind us, but RLWC2013 will be the next big thing and we are thrilled to be able to support the trophy during its time in Leeds."

The trophy will then make its way to the John Charles Centre for Sport for a gamesmaker event with young players of rugby league from local schools being brought together to celebrate their achievements this year. Darren Lockyer will again be on hand to congratulate them and pose for photographs with the trophy.

Leeds Visitor Centre is selling tickets for the matches at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and all the other games in the tournament. The trophy will stop off at the centre between 3.30 and 5pm for people to view and take photographs.

On leaving Leeds Visitor Centre, the trophy will make its way to Cookridge Street, where fans keen to have their photo taken with it will be able to do so before and after it takes to the stage at the Leeds Christmas Lights Switch-On event with Darren Lockyer and Leeds and England RL star Ryan Hall. Ronnie the Rhino will also be bringing along another very special piece of silverware - the Super League trophy.

RLWC2013 match tickets are available from the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station and the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

There is a fantastic double offer available for people buying tickets for the games at Headingley. When they buy a ticket to one of the games they can get a ticket for the second game at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline 0844 847 2013.

Additional info
Rugby League World Cup 2013 kicks off on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with matches played in England, Wales, Ireland and France. The final on Saturday November 30, 2013 will be played at Old Trafford.

The competition's structure will consist of two groups of four and two groups of three.
England are drawn alongside arch-rivals Australia as well as Fiji and Ireland in Group A; Rugby League World Cup holders New Zealand will face Pacific Island rivals Papua New Guinea and Samoa along with France in Group B.

Leeds Visitor Centre is situated at Leeds Railway Station. Opening hours are Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website , email, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

DLA Piper is one of the largest business law firms in the world with more than 4,200 lawyers in 77 offices over 31 countries. There are two offices in Leeds.

Twitter: #rlwc2013 @rlwc2013 Facebook: /rugbyleagueworldcup #bethere

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Leeds waste contract signed

Leeds City Council has signed a contract with Veolia to build and run the city’s planned incinerator.
Officially awarding the contract to Veolia ES Aurora Ltd marks another milestone in the council’s plans to deal with waste and push up recycling rates.
Subject to planning permission, the proposed ‘recycling and energy recovery facility’ on the Cross Green Industrial Estate will provide Leeds with a long-term solution to waste going to landfill.
The council’s landfill tax bill last year was £9.2 million and this is set to increase by around £1.5 million every year. It is estimated the proposed facility will save the council £200 million over 25 years compared to the costs of continuing to landfill this household waste.
If planning permission is granted, all of Leeds’ black bin waste will be sorted at the facility to remove metal, paper, cardboard and plastics for recycling.
Up to 214,000 tonnes of waste a year will be sorted at the facility and only leftover waste will be burned under tightly controlled conditions. During this process enough electricity will be made to power 20,000 homes.
Neil Evans, Leeds City Council’s director of environment and neighbourhoods, said:
“As part of the council’s overall waste strategy, the facility will play a big part in increasing recycling and moving Leeds away from burying waste in landfill.

“Signing the contract was the next step in our timetable to provide the city with a long-term solution that turns waste into a valuable resource.”

Subject to planning approval, building work on the facility would start in summer 2013 and would be operational by 2016.

Notes to editors:
  • Veolia were approved as the council’s preferred bidder in November 2011(
  • A planning application for the ‘recycling and energy recovery facility’ was submitted by Veolia on 18 June 2012.
  • In addition to the £200m that the Veolia proposal will save the council, a further £130 million is to be provided to the council by the government towards the project over the life of the contract.
  • It is standard industry practice to sign these contracts before a decision is taken on the planning application.
  • The planning authority has an independent role and will consider the application purely on its planning related merits and not in terms of contractual matters or obligations.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577


Adopt a child - change a life

People who are interested in finding out more about adopting a child in Leeds are being invited to an information hub this weekend.

As part of National Adoption Week (5 to 11 November) Leeds City Council is holding an information drop-in event at The Light on The Headrow on Saturday 10 November between 10am and 3pm to spread the word about adopting and help people find out what it is really like.

Here in Leeds, many children are in need of adoption. In particular, Leeds City Council needs adopters who can give a home to brothers and sisters, children of mixed heritage, children with disabilities, babies from birth and very young children who may have future development needs.

Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to the drop-in event to speak to members of the council’s adoption team. Also on hand will be people who have already adopted who will be able to talk about what adopting a child is really like.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“Adopting a child or children is a rewarding, challenging and unique experience and one that is open to all. What we want to underline is that anyone can adopt, there is often a misconception that only certain groups of people can apply. This couldn’t be further from the truth, what we need are people who have the commitment to make a real difference to a vulnerable child’s life.

“We need all kinds of people to be adopters, and are looking for people with a range of different skills and experience. Please don’t rule yourself out, come and talk to our adoption team – there might be a child in care who you would be the perfect adoptive parent for.”

You don’t have to be married or have a family to adopt - adopters can be single, married, divorced, remarried, without children of their own, or already have a family. The key necessity is that they provide a permanent, stable, secure and loving home. Adoptive parents are needed who reflect a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances.

People who adopt through Leeds City Council are offered ongoing training and support, from a whole team of adoption support workers. In Leeds a big emphasis is placed on finding the perfect ‘match’ by working closely with prospective adopters to combine their skills and experience and personalities to match children who need adopting.

Leeds City Council’s adoptive support has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted

As well as the drop-in session at The Light, there are also regular information evenings, held once a month at the South Leeds City Learning Centre, Gipsy Lane, LS11 5TT at 7:00pm - 8:30pm. The meetings will be held on the following dates:

20 November 2012
11 December
15 January 2013
19 February
5 March (this session is specifically aimed at gay/lesbian prospective adopters)
19 March
16 April
21 May
18 June
23 July
17 September
15 October
19 November
10 December

Visit now for more information or call our dedicated adoption recruitment line on: 395 2072.


For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Remembrance tributes led by Lord Mayor

A tribute will be led by the Lord Mayor of Leeds this weekend as service men and women who lost their lives in conflict are remembered.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle will be joined by hundreds of people as she lays a wreath at the war memorial in Victoria Gardens on Sunday 11 November.

A procession will leave Civic Hall at 10.50am and finish at Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will be laid, including one by the Lord Mayor on behalf of the people of Leeds to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations will form up in Cookridge Street next to the Radisson Hotel by 10.30am before marching to the Cenotaph.

The wreaths will commemorate lives lost in wars since World War One, including World War Two, the Falklands, the two Gulf Wars, and conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda and Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The service will be led by Canon Reverend Tony Bundock, The Rector of Leeds and will include readings from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu faiths.

At 11am there will be two minute's silence after which a bugler will sound the Last Post.

After the service the Lord Mayor and civic representatives will proceed to the front of the Town Hall where a salute and march past will take place.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle said:

“Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect upon and remember those who have been killed in conflict since World War One and the sacrifice they made for us.

“Many men and women risk their lives for their country and it is important to take time to think of those who have lost their lives in battle.”

Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe and the Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield .

Notes to editors

There will be various events happening across the region, organised by the British Legion and all commemorating those fallen in conflict. For details of local services contact the Royal British Legion on 0113 256 4477.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450