Rugby League World Cup 2013 host town Warrington will be represented by two supporters in the Fans Local Advisory Group.
The Fans Local Advisory Group (FLAG) has been created to give fans a voice in the planning for Rugby League World Cup 2013 made up of representatives from all the communities hosting games.
Wolves’ supporters Alex Chicken and Simon Bishop are both members of SquadBuilder and the Supporters Trust and will be the voice of the town with their role being to represent the interests of Warrington as a host town as well as providing a general fan view on a range of tournament initiatives.
FLAG will meet regularly with tournament organisers to share and discuss their views and will be encouraged to maintain a regular dialogue through social media.
Warrington has been confirmed as the host town for Samoa for Rugby League World Cup 2013. The 14-team tournament will be hosted by England and Wales with games also in France and Ireland.
More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the 28 matches with a further 20 million people watching on TV around the world.
Rugby League World Cup 2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton, said: “This Tournament is about putting the fans first and we feel that FLAG will provide a genuine platform to influence the creation of the best Rugby League World Cup in history.”
Jan Souness, Chair of Warrington’s Host Town partners team, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Alex and Simon to play a unique role in creating the best Rugby League World Cup ever, giving local rugby fans a say in the running of the tournament is an important element of our plans.”
Alex Chicken said: “As a local resident and Season Ticket holder at Warrington Wolves I am proud to have been chosen to represent the views of the fans to ensure a successful and memorable Rugby League World Cup in 2013. Since 2004 I have been a Board member of the Supporters Trust and been involved with organising events at the club so I look forward to working with Simon on this new initiative for the town and club.”
“Born and bred in Warrington I have been a fan of Rugby League for nearly 30 years. As a Board member of Warrington Wolves Supporters Trust for the past eight years and having played Rugby League at university and recently touch rugby I feel my knowledge of the game and many contacts through various sources will help me work with Alex to best represent our town in helping deliver a successful World Cup for ‘The Greatest Game’.” added Simon Bishop.