Vodacom URC introduces Kids Round

PUBLISHED: April 10, 2024

The Vodacom United Rugby Championship has announced that its first-ever Kids themed round will take place next month as part of the league’s ambition to encourage inclusion in our sport.

Under the umbrella of the Vodacom URC’s Take on Tomorrow social purpose strategy, the Kids Round follows on from the previous success of the Unity and Origin themed rounds which have celebrated diversity, families and grassroots communities to great effect this season.

In Round 16 (May 10 & 11) the Vodacom United Rugby Championship will activate ‘Kids Round’ with the overall goal of championing the next generation of sports fans, providing the opportunity for involvement across the match day and event participating in key roles. The DHL Stormers will be in Wales for their encounter with Dragons RFC at Rodney Parade.

Across Round 16, the Vodacom URC will adopt Kids Round branding across its digital channels & LED boards in stadiums. Kids will have the opportunity to ‘takeover’ match day and broadcast roles such as the match manager, Player of the Match interview, mini referee (coin toss), ground staff, club kit manager and PA announcer to list just a few.

The Vodacom URC wants to provide these opportunities that place a spotlight on how the clubs nurture and engage with their next generation of fans and that matchdays are the ultimate family-friendly event.

Many clubs are already looking at unique and bespoke ways to celebrate and connect with younger fans across this weekend and the Vodacom URC is hugely excited about this first-ever kids takeover.

Speaking about this latest initiative, Martin Anayi, United Rugby Championship, CEO said: “There is such genuine excitement behind the scenes with our clubs, broadcasters and partners about having a weekend dedicated to our youngest and most energetic fans. The focus in sport is so often on the heroes that draw children to the game and now it’s our chance to repay their enthusiasm by building a whole weekend around their participation. For anyone with young kids this promises to be a golden opportunity to ensure you get to the stadium for really memorable experience that our clubs excel at delivering.”