Wigan to launch London venture


Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Wigan have launched ambitious plans to build a presence in London.

The Warriors are to launch a business club at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall later this month and will open an office in Buckingham Palace Road while chairman Ian Lenagan, a former owner of London Broncos, says the club will take at least one home game to the capital every year.

Lenagan said: “My personal passion for both Wigan and rugby league in London makes this initiative an obvious one.

“The Wigan club is the biggest brand in club rugby and I am fully aware of the need for a major rugby league presence in London to complement the wide-ranging community work already being done successfully in schools and clubs.

“This venture provides exciting opportunities for both the club and the sport generally.

“The expansion into London is a core element of Wigan’s growth strategy to engage with both the sporting public and the business community and will see a wide array of activities over the coming months and years including at least one Wigan home game per year and rugby league camps run by Wigan staff.”

Super League lost a London presence when the Broncos were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season but the Challenge Cup final continues to be held at Wembley and England will play New Zealand at the old Olympic stadium in November.

Wigan will launch their London-based business club on June 29 and are to appoint two full-time members of staff – Gerald Kelly and Rob Lees – to manage their new office near Buckingham Palace.

The Warriors are expected to switch one of their Super 8s matches in August and September to the capital, with Lenagan having earlier in the year identified Millwall, QPR and Fulham as potential venues.

Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015 by The News Editor

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