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Q1 2019 Events Roundup

As the 2019 Guinness 6 Nations came to a climactic end, and we have had time to breathe and reflect on the first 3 months of the year with the ICON Club at Twickenham in full swing as well as hosting in Dublin, Cardiff and Edinburgh, it was always going to be a rugby filled three months.

The last three months however haven’t just been about rugby here at Engage.

January saw the return of the NBA London Game 2019 presented by Norwegian, with the Washington Wizards beating the New York Knicks 101-100. For the last two years Engage have been the official hospitality provider for the NBA; a truly unique experience and definitely one for the bucket list.

The highlight of February was the BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard. Hugh Jackman took centre stage to open the show, showering The O2 in glitter as he performed The Greatest Show. With the likes of Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Jess Glynne to name but a few of the talented artists performing throughout the ceremony, the evening drew to a close with a true showman as P!nk received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award before showing us all how it’s done with a rendition of some of her vast collection of hits.

In March Engage hosted the Engage ICON Club at Cheltenham Festival with special guest John ‘Motty’ Motson. With a sensational view of the course, some occasional appearances from the sun and more than a few winners, we’re already looking forward to next year.

With such an array of events in just 3 months, it begs the question what else is there to look forward to this year, there can’t possibly be more?

But with the FA Cup Semi’s and Final just around the corner, possibly the busiest summer of cricket in living memory, and not to mention the return of the Spice Girls; it seems there is no time to waste. We’re ready for the summer!

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Anthony Joshua’s Road to Legend

Anthony Joshua defeated Alexander Povetkin by TKO

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin was never going to be a pushover. The Russian heavyweight is an Olympic gold medallist and has been boxing professionally at the highest levels for over a decade. In the 35 professional bouts he fought before meeting Joshua, Povetkin was only defeated once, by all-time great Wladimir Klitschko. The first round showed that Anthony Joshua was not invincible, receiving a broken nose at the end of the first round with a fiery combination from the Russian veteran. In the second round, too, Povetkin looked strong as he darted inside the taller man’s reach looking for connection.

However, by the third round AJ had started to find his equilibrium again, evading hits and dealing damage. It was in the fourth round that he landed a smarting uppercut that split Povetkin’s brow, as he started to gain real momentum in this fight. It wasn’t one-sided by any means, and if Povetkin’s renowned left hook had connected, it could have swung the other way – but the Russian started to look wild in his aggression, desperately seeking a strike that would tip the scales back in his favour. For his part, Joshua looked cool and composed, two left hooks finding Povetkin’s face.

Round five was quieter for the most part, and for a while in round six it looked like Povetkin was coming back, with explosive energy belying the fact he was fighting a man 11 years his junior. AJ took it well though, biding his time and landing some hits of his own, body shots to an opponent he described afterwards as “strong to the head, weak to the body”. Finally, in the seventh round, Anthony Joshua delivered his conclusive blows, true heavyweight knockout punches that would obliterate any opponent. Povetkin to his credit managed to stagger back to his feet, but swaying, his reactions slowed, he was unable to defend himself from AJ’s onslaught and the referee quickly called an end to the bout.

Next Steps

The same day as this fantastic fight at Wembley Stadium, the two main contenders for AJ’s next opponent announced a fight of their own: Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on December 1st. It’s no secret that Joshua is looking for the WBC belt to complete his set and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The fans will be crying out for a unification bout to happen, and the odds are good, given that Joshua is the obvious opponent for whoever wins, if they have the ambition.

That fight, when it happens, will take place at Wembley. As Joshua said before his fight with Povetkin, “Providing I beat Povetkin, April 13 is booked. Wembley is there.” Engage Hospitality is therefore excited to present the next instalment of Anthony Joshua’s meteoric rise to the status of boxing legend, to becoming a name spoken in the same breath as the very greatest boxers of all time, in the city of his birth. Our ICON Club is a ring-facing hospitality facility that delivers the thrill and electricity of a big fight; with luxurious dining, delightful service, and boxing legends and celebrity guests hosting to make an already special night into an unforgettable occasion. Experience better with Engage and register your interest now to secure your place at this historic occasion.

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What to Wear to Rugby Hospitality

Smart casual rugby hospitality Ugo Monye

Often we get people asking what clothes are appropriate for rugby hospitality, at an event such as the 2018 Quilter Internationals, or the ever-popular Six Nations. This is a great question, because many of our rugby hospitality guests are entertaining clients or business partners as part of a corporate charm offensive, whereas others are simply there to enjoy the creature comforts and celebrity guests of the hospitality area with their friends and family. This situation calls for finesse and balance on the sartorial front, but don’t worry, because we have you covered: this is Engage Hospitality’s guide to getting it right when dressing for rugby hospitality.

Rugby hospitality dress code
The ideal for rugby hospitality is smart casual, as competently modelled by this cheerful Engage guest at Twickenham

No trainers or ripped jeans

Please remember that hospitality is somewhat more formal than only attending the match itself. As such, the appropriate clothing is somewhat smarter than might otherwise be expected. Please refrain from wearing trainers or ripped jeans. Smart-casual is the name of the game, even when entertaining business clients – it’s important that everyone feels comfortable and ready to enjoy themselves, in a less formal environment than the boardroom. Dress as you would feel comfortable attending a nice restaurant.

Rugby shirt at hospitality
Rugby shirts can be a suitable option for hospitality guests

Rugby shirts are appropriate

Don’t make the mistake of being overly formal however. Remember that this is after all a sporting event, and people are attending to have fun! There’s categorically nothing wrong with supporting your favourite team with a scarf or rugby shirt, and at Engage we’re always delighted to see them. Just leave the shorts and boots at home…

Charlie Ewels rugby hospitality clothing
Bath and England lock Charlie Ewels balancing style and practicality with a classic quilted jacket while hosting for us

Dress warmly

As some of you are no doubt aware, rugby is a winter sport, and it can be quite cold in the stadium. While there are few sights as inspiring as tens of thousands of England fans singing Swing Low (Sweet Chariot), their breath visible rising in the crisp air of Twickenham Stadium, it’s best not to be shivering so you can fully appreciate it. Bring a nice warm winter coat to keep you warm until the action on the pitch gets your blood flowing! Before and after the match, you will be toasty, ensconced in the comfortable environs of the hospitality facility with hot food and drinks, so worry not.

Best clothes for rugby hospitality
England vs Ireland on St Patrick’s day in the 2018 Six Nations was an opportunity for some spectacular wardrobe choices!
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Joshua vs Povetkin — Who Will Win?

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin VIP Hospitality

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin – two national heroes will step into the ring on the 22nd of September in the iconic Wembley arena. All eyes will be on the two men as they seek weakness, and any chinks in their opponent’s defence. 12 rounds of World Class boxing to be savoured; however with only Joseph Parker going the distance against AJ, can Povetkin cause an upset, or will it be job done as usual for Joshua?

A familiarity has grown with the success Joshua has achieved at Wembley, and the 22nd will be no different. Apart from his points win against Parker, every other bout Joshua has won by either KO or TKO. What can the impressive Russian athlete do to upset the baying London crowd? Is there any way to stop the warrior from Watford, who in his own words is “prepared to go into the trenches” and “go to war”?

Engage Hospitality offers luxurious hospitality and unparalleled viewing from our exclusive ring-facing facility within Wembley, the ICON Club. There will be no better way to experience Anthony Joshua defending his title. Avoid the crowds down below and spectate in style; for more details click here.

AJ vs Povetkin Fact File

Anthony Joshua Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua's face Alexander Povetkin's face
Nickname: AJ Nickname: Russian Vityaz
Born: 15/10/1989, Age 28 Born: 02/09/1979, Age 38
Nationality: British Nationality: Russian
Debut: 05/10/2013 Debut: 11/06/2005
Division: Heavyweight Division: Heavyweight
Stance: Orthodox Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 6″ / 198cm Height: 6′ 2″ / 188cm
Reach: 82″ / 208cm Reach: 75″ / 191cm

Secure your attendance with Engage in the iconic ICON Club, the only pitch-facing facility for next step in the career of one of Britain’s greatest boxers. Create a legacy and experience with Engage.

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Excitement for Cricket World Cup continues to build

Cricket World Cup Hospitality

The 2019 ICC England & Wales World Cup gets underway at the Oval in 297 days with England v South Africa on the 30th May and culminating on the 15th of July at Lord’s. The ICC have introduced a new ten-team format with 48 group games across 11 venues followed by 2 semi’s and a final at the home of cricket. Could there be a more fitting venue to enjoy the pinnacle of the sport?

England & Wales have waited 20 years for the privilege to host such an iconic event. Historically however this has not typically favoured the hosts as only twice has the trophy been lifted by a host nation. Nevertheless, this is an unmissable opportunity for hosting Cricket World Cup corporate hospitality without going far from home.

The Teams to Watch

South Africa

A team full of explosive talent, the Proteas are always a force on the big stage, although the team has yet to taste success at a World Cup. South Africa have more 400+ totals (6) than any other nation so we wouldn’t bet against this group of players being there or thereabouts come Finals day. A question mark remains over their continued dominance having recently lost their talisman, AB de Villiers, whom they relied on so heavily.

Look out for the hard-hitting David Miller.

India

India’s teams have arguably benefited the most from the introduction of T20 cricket, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has long been the litmus test for any cricketer looking to prove their worth for the international stage. A star-studded squad with the ability to captivate and mesmerize opposition and fans alike, every time they step out on to the pitch. Led by Virat Kohli, the world’s best ODI batsman and one of fiercest competitors to cross the whitewash.

India’s man is K L Rahul, a destructive right hander with the ability to turn games in a matter of overs.

England

Since a woeful World Cup in South Africa three years ago, England’s ODI team have seen the greatest improvement. Trevor Baylis and Paul Farbrace have been instrumental in taking the team to the very top of ODI cricket. England have faced agonising defeats at the T20 finals in India at the hands of the West Indies, and against Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff. Led by the pugnacious Eoin Morgan and his explosive understudy Jos Butler, arguably the world’s best wicket keeper batsmen, can 2019 finally be the year that the squad fulfils its potential?

Jason Roy at the top of the order is one of the most gifted batsmen in world cricket, and a danger man for opposition teams.