Rugby Expo partners with Wasps to host annual Community Conference at 2018 event

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Wasps’ annual conference will attract more than 200 representatives from local rugby clubs to the Ricoh Arena on 18 April

Rugby Expo, the largest business-to-business conference and exhibition dedicated to club rugby, has partnered with Wasps Community to host its annual conference at Rugby Expo on 18 April 2018.

The Wasps Community Conference will attract over 200 club representatives from a range of programmes run by the Aviva Premiership side to help reach members of the community, from primary schools through to adult rugby.  

The new partnership will see all those who attend the Wasps Community Conference receive complimentary access to Rugby Expo, plus two tickets to Wasps’ final home game of the season against Northampton Saints, as part of an offer available to all Rugby Expo 2018 attendees. 

Rugby Expo will also host a ‘Rugby Clinic’ in partnership with Wasps, providing community club representatives with the opportunity to ask experts about areas of the game that they are interested in or affect them most.

In line with previous years, the Rugby Expo 2018 conference programme will switch its attention from the pro game to the grass roots game for the second half of the event, addressing topical issues affecting community rugby. New for 2018, Rugby Expo will also deliver interactive coaching content and practical demonstrations from experts and star names in a new 102m² interactive zone.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Ian Isham, Wasps Community Manager, said: “We recognise the huge importance of our role in supporting our local clubs and the new partnership with Rugby Expo is a fantastic opportunity for us to extend this even further.

“Our annual conference is always a great chance for our rugby community to get together and combining the 2018 event with Rugby Expo will provide an excellent platform for learning, engagement and networking.”

Jonathan Wilson, event director, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Wasps to bring their annual Community Conference to Rugby Expo. We have made a number of changes to this year’s event to support attendance from the grass roots game and this new partnership will provide local clubs with the chance to engage with top coaches, leading suppliers and our wider community rugby audience.”