You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to immerse yourself in the Rugby World Cup 2019. Closer to home in Rugby – the birthplace of the game – you can easily enjoy the history, heritage and pride of where the sport began this half-term.
Start your visit to Rugby with a tour of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. This interactive visitor attraction takes you on an inspirational journey through time. Using the latest HD touch-screen technology visitors can learn about all 121 World Rugby national unions, understand the variations of the sport and discover the values that unite the sport from community to elite level. Try your hand at the Hand-Off Challenge to put your hand-eye coordination skills to a real test.
Next walk around the corner to Rugby School, soaking up the history and heritage by taking a guided tour, which runs most Saturdays. Make sure you visit The Close, the hallowed turf where pupil William Webb Ellis first caught the ball and ran with it back in 1823 creating the game of rugby. After a photo opportunity underneath the bronze statue of William Webb Ellis, cross over the road to the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum.
Match balls have been hand-stitched on this site for more than 180 years. The collection is displayed in four themed areas, including the origins, the players, the game and the ball and this small museum contains a wealth of rugby memorabilia.
As you explore the historic market town of Rugby there are plenty of Instagrammable moments. The latest giant rugby ball takes pride of place outside Rugby train station; you can follow the Pathway of Fame – a trail of bronze plaques which celebrate the icons of the game – through the town and look up to spot the aerial display of individually decorated rugby balls hung between buildings in the town centre.
WIN! For your chance to win a family Rugby Weekend Pass, that also includes ball handling and Rugby stilt walker activity, simply answer this question – In which year was the game of rugby created by William Webb Ellis?
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 14 October. A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Tuesday 15 October. Prize is valid for two adults and two children to be taken on Saturday 26 October. There are no cash alternatives.
For further information and images please contact Tracey Saunders at Rugby First on Tracey@rugbyfirst.org.uk or 01788 711074.