Wigan Warriors recently hosted over 100 influential business leaders, media executives and sporting partners at the prestigious Institute of Directors on Pall Mall, Central London, which is located just a mile away from the Wigan Warriors London office on Buckingham Palace Road.
Attendees included Aon, HSBC, Lend Lease, Coutts Bank and Sky Sports with Chairman Ian Lenagan and Rugby Director Kris Radlinski introducing the Warriors and unveiling detailed plans on the Wigan Club’s expansion plans into the Capital including the Business Club, Rugby League camps and a Super League game later this year.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane along with England internationals Josh Charnley and Tony Clubb, formerly of London Broncos, were also in attendance and joined Lord Peter Smith on stage for a question and answer session, hosted by Sky Sports’ Fraiser Dainton.
Speaking at the event Chairman Ian Lenagan said:
Rugby League has had a mixed history in London for the last 40 years and there is obviously no Super League club currently, with London Skolars and London Broncos just doing ok.
Whenever I get in a taxi in London, I always talk about Football as a Director of Oxford United and Rugby League because of Wigan. Three in ten taxi drivers say they like Rugby League and tell me that they watch it whenever they get the chance, but they don’t get many chances. That tells me very clearly that there is a latent, hidden interest in Rugby League in London, and Wigan can help bring that to the surface.
There are big benefits to both Rugby League and to Wigan by developing Rugby League in London, giving it profile, helping with camps for kids to enjoy the sport and spotting young talent that we can potentially bring into the Wigan system.
We additionally have the opportunity to bring businesses into the Wigan Warriors Business Club, which gives us a chance to meet up with companies that are interested in being involved in Wigan and that’s where blue chip sponsorship will come from at a national level. We originally targeted 50 businesses to attend the launch and we had 120 show interest with 100 of them coming on the night. I think it’s a great concept that has been well received and we delivered it well.
The Wigan Warriors Business Club in London follows just four months after the launch of the Business Club in Wigan. The highly successful venture has seen more than 80 businesses commit to an informal yet exclusive Members’ Club to do business around a series of spectacular and unique events.
Businesses or individuals who are interested in attending one of the exciting and exclusive upcoming Business Club events should contact Rob Lees on 07930 231703 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org