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The art of rugby
Friday 1st March, 2013

An art competition to mark the Rugby League World Cup has been launched in Wigan Borough.

It is seven months until two matches of the international competition take place at Leigh Sports Village and the DW Stadium and to celebrate Wigan Council is calling on all amateur artists to get inspired and come up with something creative ahead of the action on the pitch.

Members of the Golborne and Lowton Art Group are already getting involved. Terry Fairbrother, from the group, says: We have often worked with the council in the past and we will certainly be entering the competition. Art is a great alternative way for people to link in with this global event.”

John Prince, who is also a member of the group and a former rugby league player, added: "I helped found the group in 2003 when an injury curtailed my playing and coaching career. I have found a new passion through art and to be able to link this to the game I love is fantastic. I have already got my idea for the competition. I hope many more people take this this opportunity to get involved."

Nick Burdekin Wigan Council’s project office says: “Art and sport go hand in hand. Creative flair, individual skill and moments of brilliance are some of the things that can be seen on the field or in the studio. We hope having this great event in Wigan Borough will inspire some great art.”

The competition is open to any individual or group within Wigan borough. All entries will be judged by an independent panel and the winner will be awarded £100 worth of vouchers, second place £50 and third place £30. All entries must be completed and ready for collection by Friday 30th August 2013. Please call Nick Burdekin on 07774090637 to arrange collection of your work when complete.

For full competition rules please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/rlwcartcomp

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