The Vodafone Warriors are heading into the fourth day of a packed Wellington region-wide schedule of community events and public appearances in the build-up to The Capital Clash against Canterbury-Bankstown at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, May 11 (match day sponsor: Vodafone).


Game day will feature a triple header starting with the Auckland Vulcans taking on Wyong in the New South Wales Cup (3.10pm kick-off) followed by the Vodafone Junior Warriors facing the Bulldogs in the NYC (5.15pm kick-off) and the Vodafone Warriors meeting the Bulldogs in the NRL contest (7.35pm kick-off).


Working with the Wellington Rugby League, the Vodafone Warriors have had a presence in Wellington since Sunday when they kicked off a six-day programme incorporating community events, coaching clinics, club visits, quiz nights, a hospital visit, sponsor appearances and corporate events.


Events have been scheduled as far north as Otaki and Paraparaumu as well as across many areas in Wellington and Lower Hutt. The full programme is listed below.


Taking this game to Wellington is very special for us, said Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah.


While this is our 19th season in the competition its the first time in history that weve taken a home game outside Auckland.


We want our members and other sports fans in the Wellington area and the surrounding region to be totally involved in the event.


Weve produced a special Wellington strip for our NRL side to wear to mark the occasion and well be out and about meeting people in the community throughout the week. Were really excited about it and about helping the WRL to raise greater awareness for rugby league in the Capital.


Club legends Dean Bell (Warrior #1) and Stacey Jones (Warrior #24) were part of the advance guard. Foundation Vodafone Warriors captain Bell, now the clubs general manager football operations, and junior recruitment and pathways coach Jones were part of a convoy driving to Wellington on Saturday. The fleet of vehicles included the distinctive Road Warrior, a modified Suzuki Swift, which has been visible throughout the Wellington region this week


Bell and Jones headed up events on Sunday and Monday before being joined by injured Vodafone Warriors Steve Rapira, Sione Lousi, Sam Lousi and Sio Siua Taukeiaho for the rest of the week.


On Thursday afternoon, Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott will arrive in Wellington along with assistant coaches Andrew McFadden and Ricky Henry, head strength and conditioning coach Carl Jennings and strength and conditioning coach and club legend Ruben Wiki. Theyll join Bell and Jones at a clinic for Wellington coaches on Thursday night.


Vodafone Warriors captain Simon Mannering and the squad to play the Bulldogs fly into Wellington on Friday, May 10, due to arrive about 10.00am before heading to Westpac Stadium for their final pre-game training run due to start at 11.00am. All Vodafone Warriors members living in the Wellington area or travelling to the city for the game are invited to watch the session along with specially-invited guests and the media. The players will hold a signing session after their run.


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 08


10.00am

Community Event (Wellington Rugby League):

Leadership through League

Porirua Park

Mungavin Avenue

Porirua

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players, former Vodafone Warriors Dean Bell and Stacey Jones and Wellington Rugby League-KiwiSport staff will run a Leadership through League foundation skills programme with local school pupils


3.00pm

Sponsor Event (dtr):

dtr

4 Serlby Place

Porirua

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players and former Vodafone Warriors Dean Bell and Stacey Jones meet fans at a signing session


4.30pm

Community Event (Wellington Rugby League):

Club coaching clinic

Cannon Creek Park

Porirua

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players, former Vodafone Warriors Dean Bell and Stacey Jones and Wellington Rugby League staff will run a coaching clinic for juniors from the Porirua area


7.00pm

Community Event (Wellington Rugby League):

Vodafone Warriors Quiz Night

The Ledge

Serlby Place

Porirua

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players, former Vodafone Warriors Dean Bell and Stacey Jones and Wellington Rugby League staff will meet fans for a quiz night



THURSDAY, MAY 09


9.00am

Community Event (Konica Minolta):

League in Libraries

Randwick School

59 Randwick Road

Moera

Lower Hutt

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players, former Vodafone Warriors Dean Bell and Stacey Jones and Wellington Rugby League staff will introduce pupils to the Vodafone Warriors League In Libraries programme run in conjunction with club sponsor Konica Minolta


11.00am

Community Event (KidsCan):

St Michaels School

Cooper Street

Taita

Lower Hutt

Represented by four 2013 NRL players and club legends Dean Bell and Stacey Jones, the Vodafone Warriors will join KidsCan for the Wellington launch of their partnership in the Raincoats for Kids programme

Through this programme thousands of children in low decile schools will receive Vodafone Warriors-branded raincoats from KidsCan

The partnership was launched in Auckland in March


4.00pm

Sponsor Event (Vodafone):

Vodafone

358 Lambton Quay

Wellington

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players will meet fans at a Vodafone signing session


7.00pm

Community Event (Wellington Rugby League):

Wellington Rugby League

Pelorus House

Hutt Park

Randwick Road

Moera

Lower Hutt

Vodafone Warriors staff will run a clinic for coaches from the Wellington region

Involved in this session will be:

Dean Bell general manager football operations

Matthew Elliott head coach

Andrew McFadden assistant coach

Ricky Henry assistant coach

Carl Jennings head strength and conditioning coach

Ruben Wiki strength and conditioning coach

Brad Morris - sports science manager

Stacey Jones junior recruitment and pathways coach


7.00pm

Community Event (Wellington Rugby League):

Four Kings Sports Bar

7-11 Dixon Street

Wellington

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players and Wellington Rugby League staff will meet fans for a quiz night



FRIDAY, MAY 10


8.00am

Sponsor Event (Vodafone):

St John's Bar

5 Cable Street

Wellington

Matthew Elliott, Dean Bell, Andrew McFadden, Ricky Henry, Carl Jennings, Ruben Wiki, Brad Morris and Stacey Jones plus four Vodafone Warriors NRL players will attend a Vodafone corporate breakfast event


10.00am

Airport Arrival (Vodafone Warriors):

Wellington Airport

The Vodafone Warriors playing squad for The Capital Clash is due to arrive in Wellington on NZ423 before transferring to Westpac Stadium


11.00am

Training Session (Vodafone Warriors)

Westpac Stadium

Wellington

The Vodafone Warriors will have their final training run at Westpac Stadium before The Capital Clash against the Bulldogs on May 11

Attending the training session will be media, Vodafone Warriors members and special guests

The players will meet members and guests at a signing session following training


3.15pm:

Sponsor Event (BSc):

Gymeez Health and Nutrition

109 Willis Street

Wellington

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players meet staff and fans at Gymeez


6.00pm

Sponsor Event (Wendys):

Wendys

46 Main Road South

Paraparaumu

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players will meet fans at a signing session at Wendys, Paraparaumu



SATURDAY, MAY 11


12.30pm

Youth Day Out

Venue TBC

Four Vodafone Warriors NRL players in attendance


3.00pm

Gates open, Westpac Stadium


3.10pm

New South Wales Cup:

Auckland Vulcans v Wyong


5.15pm

NYC:

Vodafone Junior Warriors v Canterbury-Bankstown


7.35pm

NRL:

Vodafone Warriors v Canterbury-Bankstown