Local community takeover at the Ricoh on Saturday

Members of the public will be the stars of the show when Wasps take on Newcastle Falcons on Saturday 6 February.

The local community will be taking over the Wasps “Fan Village”, situated inside the Jaguar Exhibition Hall, and will feature a range of attractions between 11.30am and 1.30pm with the game kicking off at 2pm.

An inflatable rugby pitch will be centre of attention, where the kids can undergo their own pre-match warm up, complete with a coaching zone for them to harness their throwing and kicking skills.

A group of sports clubs and local charities will also be joining in the fun. Rugby league club the Coventry Bears will be mucking in with the rugby, and the Warwickshire Bears Wheelchair Basketball Team and The Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy will give fans the chance to take part in wheelchair basketball.

Hillfields charity WATCH will be talking about their community radio station Hillz FM, while Midlands brain cancer charity Help Harry Help Others will be selling their Wasps and Six Nations bracelet range. The NHS will also be in attendance to encourage people to “Go Red for Feb” to help raise awareness of HIV and remove the stigma surrounding it.

Verity Brown, Community Development Manager at Wasps, said: “This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a day out together and find out what else is happening in the city and surrounding area.

“Fans can test out their own rugby skills before the match, and if that’s not enough come the final whistle, they can return to the “Fan Village” to watch England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland.

“The crowd will also get the chance to do the Wasps Wiggle again with a little help from Sting the Wasps Mascot!

“There’s the chance to win a signed Wasps shirt by entering our community twitter competition. All you have to do is post a picture 'showing your colours' in your rugby kit using the hash tags #bigdayout and #wearewasps.”

The half time entertainment is being provided by the Local Vocals choir, who rehearse every Monday evening at Ernesford Grange Primary School.

Gareth Withers, lead vocalist at the Local Vocals choir, added: “It’s an honour to be asked to perform at the Ricoh Arena in front of thousands of people.

“We have performed at Wasps games before, but this will be our biggest choir yet with 300 singers of all ages coming together to keep the crowd entertained.

“On match day we will be performing a “Madness Medley” and the children are set to look the part in shades and hats as they pull off some classic “Madness” moves.

“We rehearse and learn new songs on a weekly basis, so to be able to show the wider community the results of our work is just fantastic for us and will hopefully help us to grow even further.”

Fifth-placed Wasps will be looking to make it three home wins in a row when they face a Newcastle Falcons side that will be trying to back up last weekend's impressive 26-19 win against Harlequins.

Tickets for Wasps v Newcastle Falcons are available from £15 for adults and under-10s go free in certain sections.

To buy your tickets now, simply log on to our ticketing page, visit us at the Ricoh Arena Ticket Office or call us direct on 02476786411.