Life’s a beach for Falcons Foundation and Rugby World Cup
The Falcons beach party made a triumphant return to Tynemouth Longsands last weekend, as hundreds of people flocked to celebrate rugby at the popular event.
Over 500 people took advantage of a gorgeous summer Saturday to take part in the Foundation’s beach touch rugby tournament and meet members of the Falcons squad.
A new feature for the event, the Falcons Community Foundation’s kick for goal game challenged the skills and abilities of those present, while mascot Flash the Falcon posed for photos and signed autographs from younger fans.
As an additional attraction, the festival formed part of the official Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour with the Webb Ellis cup drawing plenty of attention.
With Newcastle hosting three pool fixtures, and the club heavily involved with the running of the city’s fan zone, the sport’s biggest prize generated an palpable buzz on its visit, ahead of September’s big kick off.
Head of Foundation Melanie Magee said “It was great to have such a big turnout, especially after the last couple of years have fallen victim to the weather.”
“It’s a nice opportunity to get people out into the fresh air and down to a wonderful setting to celebrate rugby and really focus everyone’s thoughts on the season to come.”
“We’ve got a big couple of months coming with Rugby World Cup and the start of the new season and it certainly looks like the fans are looking forward to it as much as we are.”