The Skolars have strengthened an already strong squad with the addition of 3 exciting outside backs who have recently graduated from the London Broncos Academy programme.
Youngsters; Callum Whitcombe, Fred Dodd and Jordan Williams all will add depth and youthful exuberance to what is shaping up to be an exciting squad for 2017. Head Coach Jermaine Coleman is confident that the trio will be able to make an impact at the New River Stadium.
Speaking of the new additions, Head Coach Jermaine Coleman said:
“I’m delighted that we have managed to secure Callum, Fred and Jordan, I’ve monitored their progress at the Broncos and spoke at length with Jamie Langley about their potential and myself and the rest of the coaching team are looking forward to working with them.”
All three players are products of the London Youth & Junior League, with Whitcombe beginning his RL career at Brentwood Eels, Dodd down at Staines Titans, and Jordan Williams with North Herts Crusaders. All three have also taken part in the Hard Rock Café Origin series, where London Broncos spotted their potential, and they earned Academy contracts.
Coleman spoke about the players and the opportunity they will have at Skolars:
“All 3 players have shown up well in our initial pre-season work and you can see they are strong, quick athletes, who have a level of professionalism about them. I’m looking forward to seeing how they shape up in our pitch sessions and I expect to see them all push our established outside backs hard for that starting spot against Wigan in January.”
London Skolars General Manager Jac Davies commented:
“It’s particularly pleasing to see that the partnership between ourselves and London Broncos is continually giving young Rugby League players in London the chance to develop and continue their Rugby League careers. We’re very proud that we’ve created a good environment here at London Skolars where determined young players are given that opportunity. Coming to London Skolars gives players the opportunity to experience competitive rugby which incubates their potential for future success.”
London Skolars are delighted to announce a new ticketing partnership with Eventbrite. The partnership will see Skolars match tickets sold on the global ticketing marketplace thus expanding the club’s reach.
Eventbrite, based in San Francisco, California are one of the wold’s leading ticketing platforms and allows event organisers to open sales opportunities across its website and social media platforms. The site allows customers get their ticket instantly, they can be printed at home or simply displayed at the stadium on a mobile device.
Speaking about the new partnership Jac Davies, General Manager of London Skolars said:
“We’re delighted to be teaming up with Eventbrite. The platform will hopefully attract many more spectators to our matches and events, and make all aspects of the ticket buying process easier and more straightforward for our fans. It’s a big step forward for us as a club, and is consistent with many of the other areas that the club is improving ahead of the 2017 season”
Also speaking of the partnership was John Lake, Head of UK Sales for Eventbrite:
“London Skolars is a prestigious club in the rugby league family with a proud history. At the same time, they use Eventbrite to introduce cutting edge digital ticketing across all devices to rugby, fusing tradition with innovation”, says John Lake, Head of UK Sales at Eventbrite UK. “We look forward to an ongoing relationship with London Skolars and welcome them to our growing group of clients in spectator sports, including the PGA European Tour, the Ryder Cup 2018, the Summer Social, and Bournemouth Sevens. We also wish them well in the Capital Challenge against Wigan Warriors!”
Tickets will soon be available via the Eventbrite website and all tickets already purchased ahead of the 2017 season will remain valid.
London Skolars have signed 22 year old Jake Melling to join the first team squad for the 2017 campaign.
Jake had previously played rugby league in his home town of Wigan for Shevington Sharks and Wigan St Pats. He moved on to play for the Warrington Wolves academy for a further three years. Being a utility back, his preferred position is Centre but is capable of playing in any back position. Jake also benefits from his time as an England touch rugby international having played in European tournaments as well as in the World Cup in Australia in 2015.
Speaking on signing for Skolars, Jake said “I’m excited by the challenge of coming to play in London. I’ve had a tour of the facilities and am really looking forward to getting involved with pre-season training.” Club General Manager welcomed Jake to the club and said “we’re excited to have Jake at the club, he’ll also be joining the staff team as our new Corporate Sales Executive giving him a really good understanding of the club and its partners”.
As London Skolars activity grows on and off the field, and as our Mini & Junior players continue to rise in numbers and our events get bigger and better each year, we want to help our current group of dedicated coaches and volunteers by finding more fantastic people like them.
With that in mind we are hosting a Volunteer & Coaching Afternoon on
Sunday 20th November from 1pm at London Skolars Bar & Clubhouse.
2017 looks set to be another fantastic year in the relatively short history of London Skolars. Our 1st team are itching to build on last year’s success and will look to gain top 4 status in League One, whilst our Minis & Juniors will again aim to provide a fantastic environment for young people to enjoy their rugby, whilst competing for honours in the London Junior League. On top of all this our clubhouse is now fully functional and already proving to be a fantastic Community facility for the people of Haringey and RL fans from across London, 2017 will also see the revisit of SL Champions Wigan to the Capital in January, followed by our London Clash with the Broncos, the historic visit of the Toronto Wolfpack, FNL, and our ever-growing Minis Festival and inaugural Junior Awards Week.
The afternoon will look to encourage any interested parents, players, or local residents who are interested in getting involved further with the club and there will be members of staff on hand to help with queries around what roles are on offer, what is needed to get involved and what the club can do to help them.
Community Development Manager Matt Cuss told us more about the afternoon ‘this is probably the first time in many years where we have arranged a big early season event, and we hope that we will get some real engagement from interested parents, any older age players and of course our residents from Haringey and surrounding boroughs.’
‘The afternoon will be primarily aimed at engaging new individuals, but it will also give our current coaches and volunteers a chance to complete any DBS that may be outstanding, book CPD sessions with First Team staff, request their allocation of coaching kit for the year and get any queries that they have answered well in advance of the 2017 season. For those people who are thinking about getting involved, it’s a unique chance to talk to others who have already started their journey with London Skolars, whether that be as a coach, team manager or match-day volunteer’.
Whilst the afternoon will have a serious purpose, it is also a good chance for people to have an informal drink and some food, and build a buzz around the club for the 2017 season. Attendees will be treated to a drink and a pie, and will then have the chance to watch the Four Nations Final which will be broadcast live in the clubhouse from 2.00pm.