Wasps backing Coventry's City of Culture bid

Wasps are showing their backing for Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021 in a big and bold way on match days.

The Aviva Premiership rugby club is offering community groups the opportunity to wave a giant flag that displays the team’s support for Coventry’s efforts to win the title.

Representatives from Moat House Community Trust were the first group to take to the field with the flag as Wasps ran out 50-35 winners over Sale Sharks in the opening game of the season at the Ricoh Arena.

Groups wanting the opportunity to play their part in the pre-match build-up for future Wasps matches, can contact community@wasps.co.uk to find out how.

The groups will be given up to 50 free tickets to take part in the flag-waving.

Verity Brown, of Wasps, said: “As Bid Sponsors, we have shown our commitment to Coventry’s UK City of Culture bid from the very earliest stages.

“As we get closer and closer to finding out whether Coventry will be successful in landing the title, we wanted to show our backing in a big and bold way on match days.

“The flag looks amazing and is a striking, visual way of showing our support – and it also gives something back to the local community too.”

Laura McMillan, Manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “It is great to see the support for our bid in so many places across the city.

“Wasps attract thousands of people for every game and this huge flag will be a great reminder to everyone that Coventry is working really hard to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

“We believe we have a strong, compelling bid that reflects what an incredible impact winning UK City of Culture would have on Coventry and the support from Wasps and the Ricoh Arena has played a big part in getting us to this stage.”

Coventry, which is up against Stoke, Sunderland, Paisley and Swansea, will submit a final bid at the end of September before finding out if it has won in December.

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC, Pertemps, CEF (City Electrical Factors) and Listers are also Bid Development Sponsors.

To show your support for Coventry’s bid on social media, go to @Coventry2021 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, log onto www.coventry2021.co.uk