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Rugby World Cup – new BBPA guidance for pubs


With the Rugby World Cup about to begin, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced a new guidance booklet for pubs, to help ensure that the matches are a great success for pubs and rugby fans alike. The advice has been developed with the support of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

With England hosting the tournament, many pubs are likely to be extremely busy, and publicans can ensure a safe and successful tournament by closely reviewing the advice in the BBPA’s guidance.

Staffing requirements are crucial; consideration should be given to door supervisors and staff should be fully briefed. The guidance also covers considering the use of plastic glassware, and CCTV, and a host of other issues. Pubs should also work closely with local police and licensing officers to consider any issues that might arise.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“As World Cup hosts, the tournament is an opportunity for pubs to take centre stage in what will overwhelmingly be a good-natured and fun event for everyone. This new BBPA guidance has been designed to help ensure we have a safe and successful tournament. If pubs make use of the guidance and are supported by the police and local authorities, we can all get the most out of this huge sporting spectacle.”

National policing lead on alcohol and harm reduction, Commander Simon Letchford, comments:

“I am pleased to endorse the guidance to publicans for use during this year’s Rugby World Cup.

“As the host nation, our aim, which we know is shared by the licensed trade, is to ensure that everyone who wishes to can enjoy these matches in the comfort of their local pub with friends and fellow enthusiasts and is able to do so in a safe environment. Of course, responsible drinking is an important part of keeping that environment safe and I urge everyone to bear that in mind."

“It is important that people’s enjoyment of the Rugby World Cup takes place in a peaceful manner, and this guidance is a great resource for publicans seeking to make the most of this sporting highlight without compromising on standards.”

Cllr Tony Page, LGA Licensing Champion, comments:

“A World Cup is always an exciting time and councils understand that watching matches in a local pub is a key part of the whole experience. Councils also support moves that bring communities together and help the local economy. However, the logistics of managing large numbers of excited people can test the usual practices of licensees.

“We are pleased to support this helpful guide on how to rise to this challenge. If they haven’t already done so licensees should discuss their plans with councils, and their neighbours, to ensure the best solutions can be found and that everyone has an enjoyable time.”

Notes to editors:

The full guidance booklet is available on the BBPA website here

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.


Culture & Tourism, Pubs, General, Licensing

For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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