Engage is working closely with governing bodies and venues to ensure the wellbeing of all our clients and staff are safeguarded during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The situation regarding events is changing rapidly and a number of events have been either postponed or rescheduled. We will keep all of our clients informed about their options as soon as we have notification regarding any changes to booked events.
In line with the government guidelines our London office is now closed however all lines of communication remain open and the team are working from home. So please feel free to contact us if you require any information.
We are sorry that inevitably we will not be able to welcome you to some of the amazing events we run over the summer. However, we look forward to getting back up and running and seeing you again before too long.
The Hundred cricket is coming to a ground near you – Summer 2020
Innovative, exciting, explosive, uncharted, rebellion, all words to describe the English answer to the T20, a game developed by the Brits but which has become a global phenomenon.
Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan have created commercially viable tournaments but none more so than the Indian Premier League (IPL). To give an idea of the scale of this behemoth in 2015 the IPL contributed eleven billion rupees to the GDP of the Indian economy. A staggering tournament which in global broadcast rights stakes is second only to the Premier League (English Football) and The NFL (American Football).
The Hundred cricket tournament you would think would have a lot to do to catch up with the T20 brand, however, this new innovative game is positioned to be inclusive, aimed at the younger generation of non- cricketers aiming to inspire the next Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer to take up this global game. This is highlighted in two ways, firstly the tournament will be played throughout June and July (UK summer holidays) to allow the greatest amount of families to attend and secondly will be free to air on the BBC making the new competition accessible to those who are unable to attend live games.
In brief The Hundred cricket will be played across 7 cities, with 8 franchises of both men & women. Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London (two teams), Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton. Innings will last 100 balls and take just over an hour to complete.
Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Pat Brown
Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon
Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan
Heather Knight, Freya Davies
Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson
Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey
Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith
Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jason Roy
Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, James Vince
Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt
Joe Root, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales
Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt
Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Colin Ingram
Katie George, Bryony Smith
On 20 October, the remaining places in the 15-man squads will be filled via a full draft – West Indies opener Chris Gayle and Australia batsman Steve Smith are among those to have made themselves available for the tournament.
Trent Rockets will select first in the draft, following a random draw, and teams are allowed a maximum of three overseas players. The draft will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.
There are seven set salary bands, with up to two players to be picked at each of the following levels: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000.
New competition. New rules.
All you traditionalists brace yourselves for some rebellious revelations.
It’s 100 balls per innings. Whoever scores the most runs wins.
The fielding side change ends after 10 balls.
Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls. The captain decides.
Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game.
Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.
The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid game.
A 25-ball powerplay for each team.
Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay. A match of The Hundred will last two and a half hours.
The BRIT Awards 2019, The O2, London, UK, Wednesday 20 Feb 2019The biggest night in British music takes it up a notch to celebrate a momentous occasion. The O2 hosts, and the industry celebrates the 40th anniversary of the BRIT Awards with Mastercard.
The 40th Anniversary show will provide glitz, glamour & sensational musical performances in abundance. 2019 winners included George Ezra, Tom Walker, Drake, Ariana Grande & Little Mix.Hugh Jackman kicked off proceedings with a dazzling rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ followed by live performances including Little Mix with Ms Banks and Calvin Harris making his BRITs debut with a collaboration with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man. P!nk closed the show with an incredible four song medley following the presentation of her Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
You can expect the red carpet to be rolled out in every sense of the phrase. After the main event, hospitality guests rub shoulders with the stars at the official BRITs after show party hosted in the luxurious InterContinental Hotel.
Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course meal served to your table at The InterContinental London – The O2 Hotel. This will be followed by a unique performance from the Critics’ Choice winner* before taking your VIP seats in the O2 auditorium to watch the live 40th Anniversary BRITs show. After the show, return to the ‘BRITs VIP Club’ after show party in the hotel ballroom. Experience better with Engage at the 2020 BRIT Awards with Mastercard.
The Rugby World Cup gets underway in Japan today, 153 years in the making.
First played in Japan’s treaty ports, popular participation from Universities began in 1899 yet it would be another 33 years until Japan competed in their first International against Canada.
A country full of intrigue with its fascinating and multifaceted culture. Steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years Japan is now on the frontier of popular culture with continually shifting fads, fashions and technological developments.
The 2019 World Cup is the 9th time the Webb Ellis trophy has been competed and the first time outside of a test playing nation. The IRB have chosen a fantastic location to hold this year’s tournament, testament to their decision 16,000 fans arrived for Wales’ first training session in Toyota.
In short, 20 teams will compete across 4 groups over 12 stadia. The top two teams from each group will progress to the Quarter Finals, followed by two semi’s and the Final on the 2nd November 2019 in the International Stadium Yokohama. New Zealand are the current World Champs having successfully negotiated two back to back tournaments.
One would suspect this year the outcome is not pre-determined which will only fuel the excitement and suspense for this incredible occasion. The top five teams in the World are currently Ireland, New Zealand, England, South Africa and Wales; each would argue they will be crowned 2019 World Champions.
The 2020 Guinness Six Nations will follow the World Cup and three of the top five teams are at Twickenham. England host Ireland on the 23rd February followed by the reigning Grand Slam Champions Wales on 7th March.
Engage provide official onsite hospitality within the coveted ICON Club. Arrive to a Champagne reception followed by a four-course lunch hosted by Rugby legends. VIP match seating and a post-match reception with match day player appearances makes for an unforgettable day at HQ.
As the dust settles from the heavy roller we can reflect on an amazing summer of cricket.
Firstly, let’s not underplay the significance of England winning their first Cricket World Cup. To witness an English win in any World Cup is something truly remarkable and as many of us were not alive when we won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley and didn’t make the trip to Sydney to see the RWC in 2003 this is probably, but hopefully not, a once in a lifetime occasion. I’ve seen some great sporting events over the years but this was all the more amazing because England made it as hard as possible losing seemingly simple group matches to leave themselves requiring back to back victories against Australia and India to progress. The Final was possibly the greatest EVER game of cricket. All the pre-tournament hype was about the run fest we would have, could anyone hit the magic 500 off 50 overs. In the end it was far more exciting, a tense low scoring final which brought the bowlers back into the game. Never has a match see-sawed from no hope to almost certain victory so many times and that was before we got into the drama of the Super Over. I’m delighted that so many Engage clients were able to access the game and I am sure their guests will be eternally grateful for the experience as I certainly am.
The summer had only just got started and after a brief first test match with Ireland at Lord’s it was head long into the Ashes. The series has had so many twists and turns with the next session always seeming the most pivotal and will be remembered in my mind for three things; Steve Smith’s return to Test cricket and his incredible form throughout the series, Jofra Archer’s spell at Lord’s on Saturday afternoon when he upped the pace and struck Smith ruling him out of the third test and by doing so prevented him breaking even more records; and finally Ben Stokes, the hero of the World Cup Final, delivering one, if not THE best ever innings to win the third test. It was a sensational knock which started with gritty determination and ended with destructive hitting unlike anything we have seen in the fourth innings.
As with all good stories there was the perfect ending with England winning the fourth test in unbroken sunshine to tie the series at the Kia Oval.
Engage guests enjoying their ICON Club hospitality at Lord’s & the Kia Oval this summer.