Children from five schools in Leicester have been at the National Space Centre today to celebrate 100 days until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Around 130 children took part in activities at the space centre where they learned about the world cup as well as had time to explore the centre.
The children from Braunstone Community, Mellor, St John the Baptist, Fosse and Overdale Primary Schools, also got to watch a short film in the planetarium promoting the world cup.
Leicester Rugby World Cup Ambassador, George Chuter was at the event and said, “part of our ambition is to create a legacy from the world cup and make kids want to play rugby”
“Some of these kids who go to schools in the city dont necessarily get exposed to rugby, its obviously big out in the shire, in the rest of the county, but the city perhaps is more football dominated, so we are trying to appeal to them and if we can recruit more players to play tag or touch or whatever great, its important that rugby in general exposes itself as much possible to young people”
Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor said, “We’re extremely proud to be hosting three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches in Leicester.
“Rugby is already a sport that thousands of young people enjoy, but having top flight international rugby here in the city will encourage many more to have a go.
“With just 100 days to go, there’s not long to wait before we’re welcoming some of the world’s elite players and their fans to our city.”
Leicester will play host to three games on October 4; Argentina v Tonga; October 6: Canada v Romania and on October 11: Argentina v Namibia.