Businesses supporting Wales' Rugby League World Cup bid
Computers, suits and an underground adventure are just some of the items being offered up by North Wales companies who are getting behind the Wales Rugby League team ahead of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Wales team manager Bob Wilson revealed his delight at the gestures by Vaughan Davies of Mold and MWL Systems, Llay, as the Welsh team look for success in the event.
Go Below Betws-y-Coed, which specialises in caving trips in the Snowdonia National Park, will also be taking the squad on a team-building adventure as part of its preparations for the tournament.
The region is hosting two games for the sport’s showpiece, both at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, starting with Wales v USA on Sunday 3 November.
Wilson said: “We want as many people as possible to get behind the Welsh team and we’re delighted that businesses are getting behind us too with these fantastic gestures.
“With the support of business, fans and partner organisations we can make the tournament a real success for the Wales Rugby League team and the sport as a whole in North Wales.”
Wilson revealed the business community’s support at a media conference at the Glyndŵr University’s Racecourse Stadium to kick off the Get Behind Wales campaign.
Fans and businesses alike are being urged to tweet their support for the team using the hashtag #getbehindwales ahead of the tournament, which starts on Saturday 26 October.
Local primary school pupils, from St Mary’s Brymbo, also attended a media conference which was hosted by Jamie Roberts, chief executive of the North Wales Crusaders.
Jamie Roberts, chief executive of the North Wales Crusaders, paid tribute to the work of the university in embracing the tournament and preparing fully to ensure its success.
As well as hosting the Wales-USA game, the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium will stage a quarter-final on Saturday 16 November.
Roberts said: “The development of rugby league in Wales is shown by the previous games we’ve held here at the Racecourse.
"Glyndŵr University as owners of the stadium have put an awful lot of work in to make sure that when we get to the game everyone’s going to have a fantastic experience.”
Neil Rogers, leader of Wrexham Council, said: “This is a huge opportunity for the whole of Wales to get behind the Welsh team.
"We’ve proven once again that Wrexham can host major international events and I’m sure the two Rugby League World Cup games we have here will be a huge success. They will provide a tremendous boost to the local economy.”
Team manager Bob Wilson added: “We have 32 teams across Wales and wherever we take it people are interested.
"The Rugby League World Cup will open doors. It’s about partnerships – with local authorities, businesses, education and those partnerships won’t come about unless people say they’ve heard about rugby league so that’s the opportunity that the tournament will provide.”
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