News | Bringing Rugby World Cup into the Classroom

Schools can get into the spirit of Rugby World Cup and learn about competing countries by adopting a second team.
Schools can get into the spirit of Rugby World Cup and learn about competing countries by adopting a second team.

There’s one event that’s on everyone’s radar for 2011. Whether you’re a fan of our national game or not, there’s no escaping the fact that Rugby World Cup will be an exciting time to be a New Zealander.

With more than 85,000 international visitors set to travel to New Zealand for the tournament, Kiwis up and down the country are being called on to roll out the welcome mat. For your school and local community, this is a once in a lifetime chance to show the world what Kiwi hospitality is all about – and get involved in the action.

The New Zealand 2011 office is charged with ensuring New Zealand reaps the benefits of hosting this massive event. As well as directing a nationwide festival of events during September and October – the Real New Zealand Festival – the office is coordinating activities that showcase New Zealand’s businesses and industries, and is promoting ways that everyday Kiwis can get involved.

Rugby World Cup in the Classroom

Part of New Zealand 2011's role is providing resources to schools, to help teachers leverage Rugby World Cup 2011 events as learning opportunities.

New Zealand 2011 Community Engagement Officer Mandi Van Weede says the Tournament provides a fantastic case study for secondary school and tertiary students.

“Aside from the Tournament itself, there is a huge range of work going on to ensure New Zealand benefits from the legacy of Rugby World Cup 2011. The eyes of the world will be on our country this year, which offers an unprecedented opportunity to promote our innovation, industries, culture, hospitality and tourism. It also means communities can come together and celebrate all that is special about being a New Zealander.

“For students, particularly tourism students, this is a chance to see how countries can leverage off events and how industries, communities and government are working together to promote New Zealand on a global stage during the Tournament.”

Get Involved

New Zealand 2011 has provided ATTTO with a number of packs for secondary schools, which show the range of activities the New Zealand 2011 office is involved with. ATTTO will be sending these out to its top 150 schools customers (by resource sales) over the next fortnight.

Mandi says teachers, tutors and students should explore to find out more about how the Government is leveraging RWC 2011. Teachers and  tutors wanting to know more, or wishing to request electronic copies of information packs, can email

There are plenty of ways for students and communities to get involved in Rugby World Cup 2011. Adopting a second team can be a great way to learn about the different countries involved, while showing support for the international visiting teams.
Form more ideas about how to get in on the action visit New Zealand 2011’s website: