Wasps v Saints Fan Village kick-starts Coventry’s year as European City of Sport!

Date: 2 Jan 2019

Coventry’s year as European City of Sport will get underway at Ricoh Arena, it has been announced.

High-profile delegates from Coventry – including former 5,000-metre world-record holder David Moorcroft OBE, BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and Paralympian athlete Kare Adenegan, Coventry City Council Leader George Duggins and Cllr Kamran Caan - will be taking part in a presentation during the interval of Wasps’ Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints on Sunday 6 January (kick-off 3pm).

It will mark the start of what is set to be a memorable year for the city’s sporting scene, which will see the opening of a new waterpark – The Wave - in the city centre, the new 50-metre pool at the Alan Higgs Centre, as well as the sports and wellness hub at the University of Warwick.

Preceding the half-time presentation will be a bumper Wasps Fan Village in Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Indoor Arena between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, that will feature a range of sports clubs, cultural organisations and sporting activities to inspire families to get active in the New Year.

Our Fan Village includes:

  • An Inflatable rugby pitch.
  • Wasps Netball's crazy catch challenge.
  • Sky Blues in the Community power shot challenge.
  • Coventry Golf Club's golf simulator.
  • A six-station skill circuit, enabling people of all ages to take on different fitness challenges and much more!

Stuart Cain, Managing Director at Wasps and Ricoh Arena, said: “Sport has the power to change lives and unite communities, which is why we want as many people as possible to feel inspired by Coventry’s year as European City of Sport.

“The breadth of sporting activity we will have on show in the Wasps Nest Fan Village illustrates the strong appetite amongst the city’s sporting community to make the year a success.

“On behalf of Ricoh Arena we are honoured to have been chosen to host the official beginning of the year-long celebration, and look forward to working with stakeholders across the city to make it a sporting year to remember at every sporting level.”

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Sport and Public Health, said: “I’m delighted that our year as European City of Sport is getting underway with such an exciting day of sport and culture for the whole family.

“We know sport and activity has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing so it’s great that there will be lots of opportunities for people to try something new.

“I’m looking forward to a really exciting year – during which time we hope to take events and sport out to people to encourage everyone to get active. If people would like to know more they can sign up to receive our City of Sport newsletter – just go to www.coventry.gov.uk/cityofsport and sign up. It’s really simple and a great way to ensure you don’t miss anything.”

Tickets for Wasps versus Northampton Saints on Sunday 6 January start from £19 for adults, while Under 16s go free in certain areas.