Four secondary schools, along with the Rugby Youth Council, have recommended a series of ideas to promote the birthplace of the game during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Pupils from Princethorpe College, Rugby High, Lawrence Sheriff and Harris schools presented their ideas to the borough council’s Customer and Partnerships Committee last Thursday.
Their ideas included a family-focused interactive exhibition on the history of the game of Rugby Union using a series of pop-up shops, a big screen showing live matches, an international carnival, using volunteer students to act as tour guides, the use of the internet and social media and a world record attempt. Cllr Claire Edwards, who chairs the committee, said: “The committee was really impressed by the quality of ideas coming forward from local students. They understood very clearly that their ideas shouldn’t just be for Rugby fans - it’s about people coming to Rugby as visitors with their families, and also about Rugby’s residents celebrating the birthplace.”
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, added: “2015 will be a special year as we commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, and then the Rugby World Cup.
“We are already talking to tour operators, Visit England, and the world cup organising committee about how we can make the most of our status as the birthplace of the game, but these are fresh ideas that we can consider.”