MEDIA RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2011
Canary Wharf to host World Rugby legends
An Evening with Legends and the Touch Rugby Challenge
East Wintergarden and Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf – Tuesday 11 October 2011
Canary Wharf celebrates the Rugby World Cup with a unique opportunity to meet rugby legends; World Cup winner Ben Kay and England, Ireland and Saracens stars Hugh Vyvyan, Rob Henderson and David Trick.
On Tuesday 11 October, An Evening with Legends at Canary Wharf’s prestigious East Wintergarden will kick-off with an exclusive Q&A session, hosted by former England rugby international David ’Tricky’ Trick. This is followed by a screening of Clint Eastwood’s highly acclaimed rugby film Invictus, based on the incredible true story of the rise of the South African host nation team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Rugby fans will be invited to fire questions at the expert panel, who will share their musings and well-versed tips in the lead up to the World Cup final. Tricky will be joined by England international Ben Kay, a World Cup Winner in 2003 and finalist in 2007; Rob Henderson who represented Ireland with 32 caps; and England and Saracens lock forward Hugh Vyvyan, who was famously named captain of his club before having played a game .
In addition to this exclusive evening, Canary Wharf-based companies are invited to try their luck in a lunchtime rugby challenge against members of the England Touch Elite Squad. Four-a-side teams from some of Canary Wharf’s biggest corporate names will battle it out in individual 20-minute games, with the skyscrapers of Canada Square Park forming a spectacular backdrop to the action. The team who fare best against England Touch Elite will be presented with the highly-coveted winning trophy.
Canary Wharf Arts & Events Manager, Sian Astrop, comments: “An Evening with Legends will offer sports enthusiasts yet another opportunity to get up close and personal with the best in the business. From the British Triathlon Super Series to the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic, sporting events remain a firm fixture within the Canary Wharf Arts & Events calendar as the London Olympics approach, shining their torch on the sporting elite. The afternoon Touch Rugby Challenge presents a unique chance for everyone to be a part of the action, while the evening event offers exclusive access to past and present Rugby legends.”
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Notes to editors:
An Evening with Legends
With Ben Kay, Rob Henderson and Hugh Vyvyan, hosted by David Trick
Tuesday 11 October
East Wintergarden, 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf E14 Q & A session at 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm
Screening of Invictus (12) commences at 8pm
Ticket Price £20
By phone Ticketweb – 0844 847 2268 (24 hrs) Booking fees applies
Online Ticketweb – ticketweb.co.uk Booking fee applies
In person Tickets available on the door subject to availability
Canary Wharf Touch Rugby Challenge
With The England Touch Elite Squad
Tuesday 11 October
Canada Square Park
Free, and places still available
For details of how to enter a team email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres, including a range of competitive and interactive sporting events. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.
Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.
There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.
More than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Canary Wharf Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.
Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
About England Touch
England Touch aim to promote, encourage, foster, develop and extend the sport of Touch in England. This is carried out in a variety of ways, from administering referee and coaching courses, hosting player development days, promoting events and tournaments, liaising and working with a number of partners to deliver the sport, developing and selecting national squads and working with the European and worldwide Touch community to grow the game.
Growing from humble beginnings, Touch in England now has over 20,000 players, making it the largest Touch playing nation in Europe and reflecting the growth and popularity of the game in England across all age categories.
Invictus (2009) is a biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as François Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby union team the Springboks. The story is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid.