Event: Rugby at London Irish, 23 February 2014

What: We will be joining Scouts and Guides from all over Berkshire to see London Irish play Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership. Tigers are the current Aviva Premiership Champions so it should be a good game. The match will be live on BT Sport but why sit at home when you could be in the stadium? This is the second of London Irish’s annual Scout and Guide days. The Scout and Guide groups will have a reserved section of the East stand and of course with allocated seats we will all be sitting together. Last time we were lucky enough to be able to send some of our members down to the pitch for the guard of honour when the players came back onto the pitch. This is done by ballot so we will have to wait and see if we can do that again.

Where: The match will be played at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. It is located close to junction 11 of the M4. We intend to travel by coach to avoid the car parking problems around the ground. This adds £10 to the cost but our “Parbrook Cashback” will mean that we subsidise the coach fare so that you pay £6 per seat.

When: The match starts at 1pm but we’ll need to leave Billingshurst at 9.30am to get to the ground in plenty of time. We should leave Reading at about 3pm and therefore be back in Billingshurst by around 5.30pm. The coach will pick up from and return to the layby outside the Primary School meaning those who need to park can leave their cars in Carpenters. We will confirm the actual departure times nearer the date.

Badges: If you are a rugby fan then this may help you get the Cub or Scout Sports Enthusiast badge. In any case there will be a special souvenir badge for all uniformed members who attend.

Cost: There are discounted tickets for everybody although you will also need to pay the £6 coach fare for each seat. The ticket prices are as follows:

  • Scout/Guide members in uniform: £7 (normally £10)
  • Scout/Guide leaders/adults in uniform: £7 (normally £28)
  • Additional adults not in uniform: £19 (normally £28)
  • Concessions (16-18, 60+, students, emergency services & armed forces with ID): £15 (normally £24)
  • Other under 16s not in uniform: £7 (normally £10). Note that you must be under the care of an adult who is on the trip

Paperwork: We’ve now published the joining instructions. You will also need to complete and return (can be electronically) a health form for each young person on the trip. Remember that the emergency contact cannot be somebody who is also on the trip. For adults that are coming we’d like to know your mobile number in case we get split up on the day.

Questions: London Irish has prepared a sheet which answers the frequently asked questions. Note that although it will be providing activities for Scouts at Rivermead, we are not planning to go to that bit and will just go to the stadium.

Wear: As this is a Scout event you will need to wear your uniform. However, sitting in the stands can be chilly so make sure you have appropriate warm clothing including a woolly hat, scarf and gloves.

Food: You can’t eat on the coach so please have a snack before departure to keep you going. Bring a picnic lunch (ideally in containers that can be thrown away) as we intend to eat when we arrive. You may want to bring a drink and/or snack to have at half time. There are food and drink outlets at the ground but they tend to be expensive and in any case get very busy at half time (which only lasts 15 minutes) so it is easier to bring your own.

Bring:  You may like to bring a small amount of pocket money, limit £5, to spend on London Irish souvenirs. We hope to visit their shop before the game but again this may be very busy. A matchday programme is available at the ground and costs £3. If you plan to buy a programme you can still bring an extra £5 to spend in addition to the £3 for the programme. Please also bring a pencil or pen as we have some activity sheets for during the match. Adults may like to bring binoculars as some of the action may be at the opposite corner of the pitch.

Who: Although this trip is being managed by Parbrook Cubs, we opened it to all Billingshurst Scouts and Guides and friends of the group including the Scout Active Support unit. We’re disappointed at their lack of interest in our trip although we do have a Beaver joining us.

Seats: Our seats are now confirmed and are all in block Y26 which is in the south east corner of the stadium. Our tickets are spread across rows F to H which are towards the front of the stand.

Updates: Remember to follow @ParbrookCubs on Twitter for our updates during the day. You can also follow @LiRFC for updates from the club during the game. You can also get live commentary from the Premiership Rugby website.

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