Rugby World Cup Helps Community Foundation Fundraiser

Monday 03 August 2015 Written by: Adam

Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation were on hand to welcome the Webb Ellis Trophy as it arrived at Close House Golf Resort on its journey through the region.

The trophy was joined by a number of former international players including Henry Paul, Mike Umaga and Doddie Weir, as well as current Scotland international Scott Lawson, and Falcons team mate Daniel Temm, who stayed at the resort all day to take part in a specially organised Foundation Golf Day.

Former Falcons player Andy Buist, who is now the club’s Rugby World Cup Events Officer commented: “The arrival of the Webb Ellis Trophy into the region this week has been understandably exciting, but this is nothing compared to what we expect to see in October, when the tournament itself begins.

“For Newcastle to host rugby’s greatest spectacle is an honour for the city, and a source of much delight for everyone connected with the local rugby scene. However it also offers us a great opportunity to get the next generation involved with the sport, and to benefit from values such as team work, determination and respect which lie at the very heart of the game.”

Melanie Magee, Head of the Falcons Community Foundation, continued: “The Falcons Community Foundation exists to engage people throughout the region with sport and to inspire youngsters through the power of sport.

“Already the Falcons Community Foundation works in over 100 schools across the region to engage young people with sport. The Golf Day raised a substantial amount which will help us to provide the legacy projects that will continue to encourage the benefits of the Rugby World Cup long after the tournament has ended.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the players that took part in yesterday’s event, as well as to Close House and our sponsors Barbour and Stratstone Land Rover, but it’s fair to say that the event was made even more successful thanks to the arrival of the Webb Ellis Trophy earlier in the day.”

The Golf Day is one of a number of events being planned by the Falcons Community Foundation to celebrate the arrival of the Rugby World Cup to Newcastle.

The next such event will see a team of former Newcastle Falcons players take on rugby Legends from the Southern Hemisphere in a Legends game due to be played on Friday 2nd October at Kingston Park Stadium.

Tickets for that game, which is already set to include a number of former international rugby stars, are available to buy now [online][1], in person from the Kingston Park Stadium Box Office or by calling the Falcons’ 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0871 226 6060.