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100 People mark 100 days until decision day

23rd August 2010

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100 PEOPLE MARK 100 DAYS UNTIL DECISION DAY


One Hundred people wearing their team colours, gathered on the Gateshead Millennium Bridge as part of Wear Your Shirt to Work Day to mark 100 days until decision day for England’s 2018 World Cup Bid.

Staff from sponsors of the Bid, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BT as well as NewcastleGateshead Initiative employees who have successfully bid for NewcastleGateshead to be a Host City should England’s Bid be successful, lifted the same scarf used to adorn Nelson’s Column in London to mark the occasion.

Nina Walton, marketing manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers said: “What better way to show our support and let employees have some fun into the bargain – I hope everyone gets behind England’s bid as it would bring great benefits to the region.”

Employees from companies around the region including Newcastle and Gateshead City Councils, Robson Brown and DFDS Seaways also took part in Wear Your Shirt to Work Day to show their support for England’s Bid to host the World Cup.

NILE RANGER MARKS 100 DAYS UNTIL DECISION DAY IN JOHN LEWIS WINDOW

Newcastle United Football Club striker Nile Ranger was tackling a different kind of ball as he challenged shoppers and staff at John Lewis to a game of table football in the store’s shop window.

The activity was to mark 100 days until decision day on England’s World Cup Bid, which if successful would see NewcastleGateshead acting as a Host City and World Cup football being played at St James’ Park.

Nile Ranger said: “It has been great fun to challenge the staff and shoppers to a game of table football and I hope it has encouraged everyone to get behind England’s World Cup Bid – I for one would love to see World Cup football played at St James’ Park.”

Phil Stephenson, marketing manager at John Lewis says: “We were really keen to get involved and show our support for the England 2018 World Cup Bid and this was a great way to do it. With only 100 days to go it’s important that all of our shoppers get behind the bid and pledge their support online.”

“It was also great fun for our staff – they really enjoyed challenging a Premier League player, even if it was only table football!”

There are a variety of ways supporters can ‘Back the Bid’ and bring World Cup football to England and NewcastleGateshead including, texting ‘ENGLAND’ to 62018, logging onto the official website www.england2018bid.com, joining the official Facebook site www.facebook.com/england2018 or by following the bid on Twitter www.twitter.com/england2018bid.

MONUMENT PENALTY SHOOT OUT

Kicking off the landmark 100 days to go until decision day were children taking aim at the Monument as part of a penalty shoot out organised by the Back the Bid team and Newcastle City Council.

Hundreds of children took part in the celebration showing just how passionate the region is about football. If England’s Bid is successful, there would be a £5m investment into community football in NewcastleGateshead with the development of 150 new teams, 4,500 new coaches and 30,000 new players.

Mark Jackson, NewcastleGateshead World Cup Bid director said: “It’s been a great day and wonderful to see so many children taking part. If the penalties I’ve seen are anything to go by it looks like we might have some future England players here today.”
ENDS


For media enquiries please contact:
Kirsty McNaught at Robson Brown 0191 244 6637/ 07855720343
Kirsty.mcnaught@robson-brown.co.uk

Sally Pearson at Robson Brown on 0191 244 6656/ 0798066402 (sally.pearson@robson-brown.co.uk)

Peter Bould at Robson Brown 0191 244 6664/07980666413
(peter.bould@robson-brown.co.uk)

Tina Snowball/David Brookbanks at NewcastleGateshead Initiative:
0191 440 5743/5740 or tina.snowball@ngi.org.uk, david.brookbanks@ngi.org.uk


Notes to editors

The activity comes as part of Back the Bid Week to mark FIFA’s official visit to England which includes a visit to NewcastleGateshead and St James’ Park on Wednesday 25 August. Other activity across NewcastleGateshead today included ‘Wear Your Shirt to Work Day’ with 100 people gathering on the Millennium Bridge and a football short-out at Earl Grey’s Monument.

There are a variety of ways supporters can ‘Back the Bid’ and bring World Cup football to England and NewcastleGateshead including, texting ‘ENGLAND’ to 62018, logging onto the official website www.england2018bid.com, joining the official Facebook site www.facebook.com/england2018 or by following the bid on Twitter www.twitter.com/england2018bid.

 

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