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See how the Etihad Airways', Fly With The Best, Train With The Best competition winners got on at their exclusive behind the scenes training day at Harlequins' training ground
Harlequins' latest entertainment signing to the Big Game 2, at Twickenham Stadium on the 27th December, will be from Britain's latest celebrity and entertainment craze, The X Factor.
Harlequins are proud to present the local Putney born Jamie Archer (Jamie Afro), The Welsh beauty Lucie Jones and also one of the three X factor finalists who appear in the finals on Sunday 13th December.
They will be performing as part of the pre-match entertainment as well as at half time, so make sure you don't leave your seats as this year's Big Game 2 will be BIGGER than last year!
50,000 tickets sold, 3 ½ weeks to go and a sell-out is on the cards for Quins
When Harlequins took on Leicester Tigers in last season's "the Big Game" the 50,000 crowd smashed Guinness Premiership records and proved that there was indeed a demand for a family sporting event in London at Christmas.
"Wondrous occasion, surging climax. They finally filled the gap in Christmas entertainment left by the passing of Morecambe and Wise." Stephen Jones, Sunday Times
Now, with over 3 ½ weeks until the Big Game 2, Quins have already sold over 50,000 tickets and are well on their way to selling out Twickenham Stadium.
With something on show for everyone, whether it be the current phenomenon that could only be the X-factor, some world class rugby, Quins' gorgeous LV= dancing girls, fireworks, flags, the Big Game 2 has it all, and on a grand scale. All of this in one venue, the Twickenham Stadium, one of the most famous sporting venues in the world.
"Well done Quins. I was at the Twickenham game with two six year old boys, both of whom went home freezing but excitedly waving their Quins' flags and in awe of the big stadium experience.", The Times
With 70% of seats being priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, it is also great value for money - meaning you can spoil the family that little bit more at Christmas.
Samsung and Vodafone sign up with Quins to be the title sponsors of the Big Game 2
Twickenham, 3rd December 2009 - Samsung and Vodafone 360 today announced the joint sponsorship of The Big Game 2, at Twickenham stadium on 27th December.
The sponsorship is to support the launch of the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 handset - the first in a number of handsets which delivers Vodafone 360 (www.360.com), a brand new set of internet services for the mobile and PC which gathers all of a customer's friends, social networks and online communities, entertainment and personal favourites (like music, games, photos and video) in one place.
Mark Mitchinson, Vice-President, Samsung Mobile UK and Ireland, said: "We're really excited to be sponsoring what's set to be a fantastic family event; one of the biggest ever held in club rugby that I feel will surpass the astounding achievements and overriding success of last year's spectacle. It's also the perfect platform for Vodafone 360 and the Samsung H1 handset which will undoubtedly resonate with the thousands of fans attending The Big Game 2."
Commenting on the partnership Mark Evans, Harlequins Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are thrilled that Samsung and Vodafone have joined forces to sponsor Harlequins' Big Game 2. They witnessed the success of last year's event and saw the potential of being involved with this year's Big Game 2. Quins Vs Wasps on 27th December 2009 will be even bigger and better and with what will hopefully be a full house inside Twickenham Stadium, there is a fantastic opportunity for Samsung and Vodafone to get in front of over 80,000 fans in addition to the sizeable television audience. They will also be contributing to the supporters matchday experience with activities and promotions planned in the Guinness Village at Twickenham Stadium pre-match and entertainment at half-time to complement what we already have going on throughout the day. We are delighted to have them on board and we look forward to working with each other to develop a mutually beneficial partnership."
Vodafone 360 automatically syncs all contacts from your phone, Facebook®, Windows Live Messenger™ and Google Talk™, and will soon also include Twitter - bringing your online social networks to your phone. Vodafone 360 also automatically backs up all phone content to the internet, meaning you never lose another contact, picture or video ever again. The 3.5'' widescreen shows everything in sharp, clear detail and the touchscreen with 3D means you can say goodbye to endless scrolling. As the Samsung H1 is designed especially for Vodafone 360, you get the very best experience the new service has to offer.
For more information on Vodafone 360 go to www.360.com
HOPEHIV shirt launched by cricketing legend, Phil Tufnall, along with a list of famous faces
Manufactured by KooGa, this year's charity Replica is an outstanding shirt. The design features the colours of our chosen charity, HOPEHIV, combined with the unmistakable Quins quarters. Better yet, £15 from every shirt purchased will go straight to HOPEHIV, to help fund their invaluable work with children in Africa who have been orphaned by AIDS; this shirt is expected to generate more than £75,000 for this great charity.
A few years ago, André Vos met a man called Phil Wall, who challenged him to think about the AIDS orphans crisis in Vos' native South Africa in a different way. What if, instead of being a problem, AIDS orphans could be part of the solution? What if we equip community organisations to teach business skills to older orphans and vulnerable youth? What if these new entrepreneurs build up their communities and help younger children in desperate need? Ex-Harlequins and South African Captain, André Vos, accepted the challenge and became an ambassador for HOPEHIV, the charity Phil founded. He's visited some of the projects HOPEHIV funds, and organised for HOPEHIV to partner with Harlequins from 2008 to 2010. Quins' fans, players, staff and sponsors are all getting involved and so far have raised a whopping £18,000 for vulnerable children and young people in sub-Saharan Africa.