Thursday, 10 October 2013

Four weeks to go until the Kiwis take on the Kumuls in Leeds

In four weeks’ time, Leeds will play host to the city’s first RLWC2013 match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

At 8pm on Friday 8 November, reigning rugby league world champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea in their third and final group game.

With confirmation this week that Sonny Bill Williams, one of the world’s greatest rugby league players, has been named in the New Zealand world cup squad, excitement for the game on 8 November is starting to mount.

And it’s not just fans of rugby league that are in for a treat. Both RLWC2013 matches will offer a unique experience to spectators in keeping being part of a global sporting event.

In preparation for the tournament, Leeds City Council provided grants to local arts organisations to deliver RLWC themed cultural activities and raise awareness of the city’s host status to a wider audience. People heading to the game on 8 November will be entertained by one of these projects.

The ‘mass busk’ features 100 poetry buskers, who will perform their pieces on the approach to and inside the stadium grounds. Their poetry will explore themes of victory, sportsmanship and international friendship as inspired by the match and the teams playing. The buskers are from Heads Together, and the RLWC2013 themed project has been part funded by Leeds Inspired.

Leeds school children will be taking part in Matchday Festivals on both 8 and 15 November, and will arrive at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in the evening to form a parade marking their once in a lifetime participation in a world cup event.

Over 100 dancers, who have been part of the bigger RLWC2013 dance programme, will perform at the games. The nationwide programme has given thousands of dancers across the country the opportunity to perform as part of only the eighth sporting world cup ever to be held in the UK. A specially commissioned viral dance, created by Pete Shenton and Tom Roden from New Art Club, will also be performed, with the thousands of sports fans at the stadium being encouraged to join in. More information about the RLWC2013 dance programme can be found here

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills said:
“It’s just four weeks now until people in Leeds get the opportunity to attend a world cup event in their very own city.

“Rugby League World Cup 2013 is going to be a fantastic tournament, and Leeds is immensely proud to have reigning world champions New Zealand staying and playing in the city.

“The games at Headingley Carnegie Stadium are both going to be truly world class events, with lots of activities and entertainment to make them unique experiences for spectators. I for one cannot wait to ‘be there’ to soak up the atmosphere and give both sides a warm and rousing Yorkshire welcome!”

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said:
“Following the end of the Super League season, all the focus is now on the world cup and the excitement is building especially here in Leeds where we will be hosting the World Champions New Zealand.

“The game between the Kiwis and Papua New Guinea is shaping up to one of the most exciting in the tournament’s pool stages. It is not often that fans get to see the unique Papua New Guinean side in action, and now they face New Zealand with Sonny Bill Williams. I am expecting this game to be a must-see event for all rugby league fans, especially across West Yorkshire.

“Sonny Bill is a true superstar of both codes of rugby, having helped the All Blacks to win the Union World Cup and now he is trying to do what no player has ever done before and become a World Champion in both codes at the same time.

“I think both the pool game and the Quarter Final match will be events that fans will look back proudly in years to come and say ‘I was there’ and I am sure they will be great occasions”

Buying tickets for the games at Headingley couldn’t be easier, and there is a great offer available to everyone when buying for both games. When a ticket to one of the games is purchased, a ticket for the second game is then available to buy at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals.

Tickets are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station. Leeds Visitor Centre is open 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.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

Heads Together is a community arts organisation, which has been delivering imaginative community based creative activities for the past 26 years. Working across West Yorkshire, their major programme of work in Leeds is East Leeds FM, a community based radio project.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (07712) 214233

Boston Spa School opens conference for Yorkshire Business Leaders

Picutre caption: "Boston Spa school headteacher Chris Walsh with pupils Erin Lees, Olivia Bailey Hague, Oliver England ad and Oliver Smith - who helped to open the CIPD conference today."

Issued on behalf of Boston Spa School

Students from Boston Spa School helped to open the CIPD conference earlier today following recognition as education business partnership leaders in Yorkshire. Four students will speak about their lessons and extra curriculum activities to make them ‘Business Ready’.

Boston Spa School is the only school in the Yorkshire to achieve the Business Ready Standard from Lord Knight of Weybridge and the IEBE.

The conference ‘Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young people/jobs mismatch’ has been organised by the four CIPD branches in Yorkshire and the Humber (Humber and North, South, and West) to provide this highly interactive event to discuss how these issues can be addressed successfully. The event will feature speakers from all aspects of the education to employment transition process including the young people themselves.

Recent CIPD research has highlighted the mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them as they make the move from education to employment. Evidence from other recent research also shows that employers are more likely to hire a foreign worker than a school leaver.

Boston Spa School actively promotes links with business and the four students speaking will talk about the business skills that they have developed for projects involving the NHS, the BBC, York Race Course, Drax, O2 and Harvard Engineering.

The school enters enterprise competitions where students see real value to their efforts. This includes the AMP Awards, where students have to raise £500 to put on an event at the O2 Academy, and Go4Set science and engineering competition the gives students the opportunity to achieve a Silver Crest Award, highly acknowledged by leading Universities.

Head teacher Christopher Walsh was delighted with the recognition from Lord Knight commenting:
“Being ‘Business Ready’ means we can continue to maintain an excellent standard in how we prepare our students for the next stage of their education or training. I am extremely proud of our students who take on the schools extended activities with great enthusiasm and the commercial awareness they gain from the experience.”

In congratulating Boston Spa School on their success, Dr Matthew Chiles, IEBE’s Director said:
“Developing young people’s employability is one of the most important economic and educational challenges facing the country. Being Business Ready™ means Boston Spa School is serious about responding to that challenge and providing its students with the highest quality opportunities and experiences.”

Michael Millward HR Consultant for Abeceder and the Chair of the North Yorkshire Branch of the CIPD, commented:
"The mis-match in the research is a problem for business as well as young people. Business growth is being restricted because businesses do not have the skilled workforce they require. It is a ticking time bomb that will hamper economic recovery and sustainable growth. Boston Spa School are clearly working with business to support student skills and business growth."

The Managing Director of NTR Engineering, Craig Naylor who became a Boston Spa School governor after recruiting a student as an apprentice, said:
“I have interviewed students from Boston Spa School and it is clear that they are well prepared to enter the work environment. They are supported through applications and interviews and it is lovely to see the teachers visit them on the shop floor where they are applying their learning.”

The four students speaking at the conference are:
Erin Lees (13) who has a Silver Crest Award after taking part in the Go4 Set project and is currently in the year 9 girls engineering group.

Olivia Bailey Hague (14) , was interviewed on BBC Radio York following her participation in the BBC School Report. The school was mentored by Adam Tomlinson of Radio York. Olivia went on to interview torch bearers for the Olympics and is also the Leeds Schools Debating Champion.

Oliver England (15) has visited Drax and Harvard Engineering and would like to be a sports coach. He plays Basketball for Yorkshire and has developed his leadership skills through a primary school engineering competition where he led a team of 10 year old children through a project sponsored by NTR Engineering.

Oliver Smith (16) saw his opportunity to develop his presenting skills from BBC School Report to be part of the AMP Awards team. Oliver hosted the in school band competition and led the team to develop the AMP Awards social media and PR for the final. Oliver has had interactions with over 10 businesses while at school.


For further information please contact Jane Green, Boston Spa School on 07766 131319