2020 CAPITAL CHALLENGE: London Skolars and Wigan Warriors are joined by Barrie McDermott at the HAC

29th August 2019

On Friday the 17th of January 2020, London Skolars return to the HAC to face reigning Super League Champions Wigan Warriors for the 2020 Capital Challenge Trophy. 

Now in its 16th year, the 2020 Capital Challenge will once again take place in the unique setting of the Honourable Artillery Company, which is based in the heart of the City of London. This game has become a permanent fixture on London’s sporting calendar and the traditional opening event of the rugby league year. Capital Challenge has grown hugely in popularity and is seen as a superb day out for all those interested in Rugby League and the spread of the games appeal.

The event is a fantastic opportunity to socialise, wine and dine at one of rugby league’s most prestigious events. It is an excellent opportunity to entertain clients or reward colleagues in the heart of the ‘Square Mile’. We commence the event with a luncheon before guests walk out to the artillery garden to watch the match. Our guest speaker this year is former Wigan Warriors, Ireland and Great Britain representative Barrie McDermott. Barrie is one of the key commentators for Sky Sport RL and also played for Oldham, Widnes Vikings and Leeds Rhinos with whom he won the Super League and Challenge Cup.

London Skolars CEO, Hector McNeil said “The event is a great way for the club to connect with its sponsors and the people of London. It is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase Rugby League in the Capital”. He added: “Once again we are grateful to Wigan Warriors for their continued support of both the club and the event. Wigan have been a long-time supporter of rugby league in London and we have grown a strong relationship both on and off the field with them which we are looking forward to continuing”.

Kris Radlinski, Wigan Warriors Executive Director, commented: “We’re delighted to be participating in the 16th annual Capital Challenge and the seventh between the Skolars and the Warriors.  We have a long association with supporting rugby league in London and the Capital Challenge provides the Skolars with the opportunity to grow the game in the picturesque surroundings of the Honourable Artillery Company grounds in the heart of the City of London.  It is a unique setting to watch a game of rugby and for those who have never experienced it I wholeheartedly recommend it – it’s always a great experience and it also provides our squad with a quality hit-out as part of our 2020 preseason preparations.”

Located minutes from Moorgate and Old Street stations, the six acres of green space offers guests a unique sporting experience in a historic location. 

Book now to take advantage of a quality hospitality package in the City of London:

–        Exquisite three course meal with wine, followed by coffee

–        VIP guest speaker

–        Meet past and present rugby professionals

–        Touchline tickets and match day programme

–        Excellent networking opportunities

–        Raffle and Auction (proceeds to London Skolars community and juniors programme)

For more information on any of our hospitality packages please contact Tania Leite: tanialeite@skolarsrl.com or call 0208 8888 488. Places are subject to availability, so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the game are now sale from £20 on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/CapitalChallenge2020


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