73 Media have launched The Virtual Rugby Show to replace the original event scheduled for July. The new virtual event using Hopin, will bring the sport live to computer screens internationally from 26-28 June, 2020.
73 Media, MD, Ed Tranter, explained: “When Covid-19 struck the physical event clearly wasn’t going to happen. We spent a few weeks looking at platforms and after a call with Lawrence Dallaglio, we agreed to go for an online only event. While I wish I was able to do the live event, the benefit here was the opportunity to pull together a range of speakers that would have been impossible to get in one place and on one event normally.”
The event, which is free to attend but asks visitors to make donations, aims to raise money for Dallaglio RugbyWorks, a charity supporting young people through the sport.
Tranter added: “With all the negative impact our industry has seen as a result of Covid-19 it was incredibly important to me to be able to create something positive. That’s why all the donations from attendees at the event are going to Dallaglio RugbyWorks. Of course it also serves as a platform to promote The Rugby Show for next year.”
Visitors will be able to watch a programme of live videos featuring a number of leading UK and international rugby players. There is also an exhibition area where sponsors and exhibitors are selling products and services to visitors.
Sean Phelan of Fill Your Boots will be hosting 4 panels featuring clubs & players from all over the land discussing a range of topics about the grassroots game over the weekend:
Saturday 27th June – 1000-1045 – Grassroots Player Perspective
Saturday 27th June – 1400-1445 – The Future of Grassroots Rugby – Raising Funds to pave the for the stars of the future
Sunday 28th June – 1000-1045 – Grassroots Club Perspective
Sunday 28th June – 1200-1245 – Making Sure Grassroots Rugby Happens – Player Recruitment
Tranter said: “What we are most excited about is the interaction. We will be running the sessions live and visitors can actively chat with other attendees, we will be posting questions, polls and various comments designed to spark debate. There will also be an opportunity to ask your questions live too and we can then bring visitors ‘on stage’ and they can take a screen grab with say Joe Marler, Sir Clive Woodward OBE or Maggie Alphonsi MBE.”
The Virtual Rugby Show is live from Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June.
Register to attend here: www.virtualrugbyshow.co.uk