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Gearing up for West Suffolk's world cup

Film/ photo/ interview opportunity: 1pm on Tuesday 29 March in the committee room at West Suffolk Hospital. Team captains, student coaches from West Suffolk College and representatives from the RFU hold an FA Cup-style draw for West Suffolk’s very own rugby world cup.

Hospital staff will get ‘up and at ‘em’ this summer when international rugby descends on Bury St Edmunds as West Suffolk hosts its very own world cup. 

Around 300 doctors, nurses, porters, healthcare assistants, administrators and managers from the hospital will join forces with student coaches and players from West Suffolk College to take part in a fun-packed day-long tag rugby tournament on 18 June.

Organised to mark the “official” world cup, which takes place in New Zealand this summer, the event has been designed to strengthen the hospital’s links with the community while encouraging staff to get more active. It is hoped it will also boost team spirit among colleagues while building a healthy sense of competition. 

Over the past few weeks, captains have been pulling together their 15-strong teams, which must include both male and female players and will be supported by a student coach and player from the college. Each will be allocated their nationality during Tuesday’s draw, to mirror those teams taking part in the world cup.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications at the hospital, said: “We are really excited about hosting our very own world cup and are delighted that so many of our staff have already signed up to take part. 

“We’re working closely with a variety of partners, including the college, Bury Rugby Club and various sponsors, so that we can stage a successful and memorable event.

“Next week, we’ll be inviting all of the team captains to a draw to decide which nationality they will be representing, whether it’s the patriotic English, laid back Aussies or the All Blacks performing the Hakka. Then, the serious work begins as the teams will start training for the big day itself. We’re really looking forward to it!” 

On 18 June, the teams will live and breathe their nation, setting up camps, wearing national colours and displaying flags. Entertainment will also be provided for friends and family members attending the event to offer support.

Last updated: 16 May 2011 13:02:24.053

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