Pundit Arena and the Union Cup have announced a partnership that will see the innovative Irish sports media house broadcast the 2019 Union Cup on June 8th and 9th.
The 2019 Union Cup is Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament with 45 teams from 15 countries expected to take part in the two-day festival at Dublin City University Sports Campus. Nigel Owens, one of rugby’s most respected referees, will officiate the tournament’s final.
Pundit Arena will broadcast the competition on Pundit Arena TV (www.punditarena.com/tv ), as well as delivering a constant drumbeat of bespoke videos and social content throughout the tournament.
“We are delighted to partner with the Union Cup. Recent statistics show that just 17% of the LGBT+ community are involved in team sports, and we hope that through this broadcast, we can inspire more people to get involved. In a year that has seen distasteful comments from an international rugby player dominate headlines, we have an added responsibility to highlight the inclusivity of this wonderful sport. Sport in general is about so much more than what happens on the field and the Union Cup is a fantastic example of this.”
Union Cup Chairman, Richie Fagan, said:
“We are passionately promoting diversity and inclusion in sport. We believe that rugby is a game for all. There’s never been a more exciting time in Ireland to host an inclusive, high-level rugby tournament, with a dash of glitter. We are excited to showcase pride in rugby, as Ireland has never seen before.”
Matt Steerman, Pundit Arena Head of Commercial, added:
“To be able to partner with the Union Cup as a streaming partner is a huge honour. While the entire Union Cup team and sponsors have done a fantastic job of getting the message out about the uniqueness, inclusivity and quality of the event that will no doubt have DCU packed with fans, we’re delighted to be able to play a small part to provide visibility of the matches for those around Ireland, Europe and anywhere in the world that can’t make it on the day to experience this important event.”
The Union Cup is on June 8-9th, at Dublin’s DCU with 45 teams from 15 countries, including a dedicated women’s tournament for the first time, the Anne Louise Gilligan Cup. Nigel Owens, will referee the final on June 9th.
Commentary will be provided by the highly-experienced and well-known figures of Nick Heath and Con Murphy, along with a few famous faces on co-comms.
Tickets www.unioncupdublin.ie; €10 Adult, €5 Child (under 2 go free), all profits go to BeLonG To LGBT+ youth services.
Why is Union Cup important?
– 17% LGBT+ are members of a sports club or team*
– 55% of LGBT men, 56% women not active enough to maintain good health (compared to 33% / 45% general population)*
– 84% of gay men, 82% gay women reported experiencing homophobic insults while participating in sports* *Sport, physical activity and LGBT report 2016 – Sport England
Tickets available from www.unioncupdublin.ie; €10 Adult, €5 Child (under 2 go free), all profits go to Belong To LGBT youth services.
About Union Cup
Union Cup is a biennial LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament. The aim is to make sporting accessible for LGBT individuals to promote health and wellbeing through physical activity. The inaugural Union Cup was hosted in 2005 in Montpellier and was a tournament between seven teams. It has since grown to include over an anticipated 45 teams in 2019. Host team, Emerald Warriors, won the bid to host the tournament in 2017.
About Pundit Arena
Pundit Arena is one of Ireland’s fastest-growing sports media houses. Founded in late 2013 by Richard Barrett and Ross O’Dwyer, the company has established itself as a major player in the Irish sporting landscape. The company has previously broadcast international rugby, among other sports and is backed by some of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs.