Members of a successful bidding consortium are celebrating today as the Rugby Football League (RFL) confirms that Bristol has been chosen to host matches during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. The first International Rugby League to be played in the city for over 100 years will be played at the Memorial Stadium.
Smedegaard Pumps sponsored Somerset Vikings Rugby League Club, who are associated with the current Superleague champions Leeds Rhinos, with the help from Smedegaard Pumps today announced that they will request that some world cup players go to Somerset for local young people to meet world cup stars and watch them train. This means that young people near to Smedegaards Head office in Somerset may see internationally recognised athletes whilst they prepare for their world cup games at Bristol.
The Vikings have worked hard this year, they have won the South West League and work with Local schools and young people including children 7, 8 and 9 years old, and also 13 and 14 year olds which has all been made possible with Smedegaaards Sponsorship of the Club. They also have the intention of expanding these age groups and other development teams for the future. Recently the Vikings requested that the Superleague cup itself was brought to bridgwater for young people to view, and on Monday this week pupils from Robert Blake school in Bridgwater were given the opportunity to view the cup at the Smedegaard Pumps office – the Vikings long time sponsors. (pic attached)
Chris Barrett, Director of Smedegaard Pumps Ltd said – The Vikings presented to us several years ago now and explained their vision for both growing the club and its community links. Smedegaard are committed to the growth and development of opportunities for young people in the area and we were extremely pleased to see Robert Blake School students getting the opportunity on Monday to view the Leeds Rhinos held Superleague cup.
Vikings Chair, Claire Salter said “ I’m really glad that all the hard work that has gone into the Vikings and its community links is now starting to become more and more beneficial to the community. We believe that Rugby league as a sport delivers personal development socially , mentally and physically and this builds our future generations a base of personal confidence to go out there and become successful in whatever path they take in life. The Somerset Vikings would also like to give a special thanks to Smedegaard Pumps for all the support they have given in helping us to develop opportunities for young people to date and we are looking forward to delivering this on an ongoing basis”.
The 2013 Rugby League World Cup was officially launched in November 2010 and is part of the UK’s Golden Decade of Sport.
The tournament will involve 14 nations, Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.
The competition’s structure will consist of four groups of four, with England drawn alongside arch rivals Australia, Fiji and Ireland in Group A. World Cup holders New Zealand will face Pacific Island rivals Papua New Guinea, Samoa and France in Group B. Scotland will face Tonga and Italy in Group C and joint hosts Wales have been drawn against the Cook Islands and the USA in Group D.
The tournament is being part funded by the North West Development Agency, Welsh Assembly Government and UK Sport.
Steve Leahy, Chair of the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce said, “Its great to see the Somerset Vikings working with Smedegaard to help both the development of young people in such a positive light. Smedegaard are long standing members of the Chamber of Commerce and we congratulate their efforts in making this project a possibility for our Children ” .