Friday, 26 September 2014

One year to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to Leeds

Caption: Year 8 Rodillian Academy Rugby Team, Yorkshire Cup winners 2014, .

Caption : Eddie Gray and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Today (Friday September 26) marks one year to go until the third largest sporting event in the world comes to Leeds.

Leeds will host two pool games at Elland Road as part of the tournament on a packed weekend of Rugby. September 26/27 will see the four teams doing battle as Italy play Canada on Saturday September 26 at 2:30pm and Scotland will be playing USA on Sunday September 27 at 2:30pm at Elland Road.

The ticket application window for all games is only open for three more days at, closing at 6pm on Monday September 29. Matches that are oversubscribed will be balloted.

Games in Leeds offer real value for money with adult tickets starting from just £20, and a family ticket from just £70 for two adults and two children.

Leeds will also host a fanzone on Millennium Square for a period of time during the tournament, allowing fans to watch all other games being played, but also to involve residents and visitors to Leeds with the excitement around Rugby World Cup 2015.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“It is fantastic that we have already reached our one year to go countdown for this world class sporting event coming to Leeds.

“Tickets for both games are selling well, so I advise anyone who wants to be part of this fantastic Tournament and see world class teams playing in our city should register before September 29.

"Over the next year we will be working closely with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to extend the reach of the game of rugby."

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray said:

"It was fantastic news when Elland Road was selected as one of the venues for the Rugby World Cup in one year's time. There has been some great sporting drama at Elland Road over the years and all of us at Leeds United can't wait. Leeds is a great city with fantastic sporting tradition and to host a World Cup match is a great achievement for Leeds. There will be a special interest for me as the Stadium will be hosting my country Scotland as they take on the USA."

“Over the next year we will be working with the RFU to help extend the reach of the game of Rugby right across the city, through schools, sports clubs and other outlets.

Debbie Jevans, chief executive of England Rugby 2015, said:

"This is an exciting period with up to one million tickets on sale for Rugby World Cup 2015. With just under a year to go, it's the moment that rugby fans all around the world have been waiting for.

"We have worked hard to develop a ticketing system which makes the application process easy and efficient as possible, and offers flexibility to fans. Fans have 3 days left to apply, so there is there still time but people should start to consider what they would like to purchase.

"With prices starting at £15 for adults and £7 for children, it's a fantastic opportunity to watch the world's best teams play in some of the best venues in England and Cardiff.”

Steve Grainger, rugby development director for the RFU, said:

“It is essential that on the back of RWC 2015 we build a legacy for generations to come, and it was fantastic that the Webb Ellis Cup was taken to The Rodillian Academy in Leeds this week for pupils to get a close look at one of the most iconic trophies in sport.

“The Rodillian Academy is a part of the RFU’s All Schools programme, which is taking the game to state secondary schools that have not previously played rugby. We aim to get 400 schools involved by the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 and 750 by Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

“It is an ambitious undertaking but we are on course, with another 100 schools having joined the programme this month to take us to 300 since All Schools was launched in 2012.”

For more information about Rugby World Cup 2015 in Leeds visit or follow us on twitter @RWC2015Leeds

Notes to editors:

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Mob: 01132474450
Notes to editors:

Leeds City Council and the city’s landlords to come together to provide quality affordable housing

Civic bosses and leading names in the Leeds property industry are joining forces to make this year’s Landlords’ Conference the best ever.

While places are already going fast for the November conference, organisers are keen to encourage all Leeds landlords to come along and take advantage of this opportunity to hear how Leeds City Council is working with landlords in the private rented sector to meet the growing need for affordable high quality homes.

The event will feature contributions from Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Councillor Peter Gruen, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel and Andrew Bulmer, UK Residential Director at Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors. There will be the chance to meet with senior councillors and officers from the council; to ask questions; as well as to discuss current issues affecting the private rented sector.

Attendees can also make the most of expertise from organisations such as Leeds Empties and the Empty Homes Doctor; Leeds City Council revenue and benefits team and locality teams; Residential Landlords Association and Leeds Landlords Accreditation Scheme; the National Landlords Association; Unipol and Housing Options. A range of specialist suppliers will also attend.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, said:

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who either rents out a property or is thinking of doing so to discuss the important issues facing the private rented sector.

“We have had great feedback from our previous events and this year’s conference looks as though it will be the best yet, with more stalls, more information and even better chances to build networks and find out useful information. We want Leeds landlords to be the best, so I hope as many as possible take the chance to make use of the day.”

The conference is for all Leeds landlords, with a small or large portfolio, including those new to the sector.

Head of Housing Partnerships, John Statham, said:

“We know that some people become landlords almost by accident, for instance after moving house or inheriting a property. They tend to be less aware of the regulation and legislation involved or have less time to spend making the most of being a landlord. This will be great chance for them to meet like-minded people, to get specialist advice and support and protect themselves from potential pitfalls. They will have the opportunity discuss a wide range of issues and share best practice within the sector and with the key partners attending”

The organisers are also keen to hear from businesses related to the private rented sector. Property maintenance companies and suppliers of goods required in the home who would like to have a stall at the event, such as kitchen suppliers, electricians and plumbers, as well as other maintenance and building suppliers, should email for more information.


Notes for editors:
• The event will be held on 13th November 2014, at Pudsey Civic Hall, 8.45am – 2pm
• Landlords wanting to attend the speeches must book a place as there is limited space – they can do this by contacting:
• The event is free (including free parking, with lunch and refreshments free to those people attending all day.)
• There will be a Q&A session. The panel will include the speakers as well as other professionals in the sector
• It is anticipated there will be in the region of 50 stalls available on the day.
• This year event provides be the opportunity for guests to ‘drop-in’ throughout the day to view the stalls section only.

Issued by:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3602
Fax: 0113 247 4736