Skolars host Cougars in Friday Night Lights clash
London Skolars will host Keighley Cougars on the eve of the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final (Friday August 28) in a repeat of last year’s successful Friday Night Lights fixture which attracted a sell-out attendance of 1,427.
Skolars have extended the capacity of their ground to 2,000 and are going all out for another sell-out as they hope to attract a club record crowd for a second consecutive year and avenge the narrow 14-18 loss they suffered at the hands of the Cougars in 2008.
Skolars chairman Hector McNeil said: “Friday Night Lights continues to go from strength to strength and with the invention of the Skolars staff they’re coming up with some really fun and exciting initiatives for the event itself.
“We’re confident it’ll be another sell out and are looking forward to opening up both sides of our ground for the first time.”
Also included in the day’s entertainment will be a steel band and BBQ, Skolars girls, fan games and competitions, the always popular real ale festival as well as the finals of the Skolars ‘Urban Rugby’ programme - Estate of Origin!
Urban Rugby is in its seventh season and runs through the summer months. It is a variation on 13-a-side Rugby League but can be played anywhere on any surface from grass to basketball courts. It has been a tremendous tool both in getting Rugby League out into the more deprived areas of North London but also as a recruitment tool to the Skolars junior ranks.
It is hugely popular in the housing estates of Haringey and Enfield where an estate leader is appointed from the location to lead on the project with the support of the Skolars Community Coaches. A summer course of estate urban rugby is now in full swing and this will culminate in the annual ‘Estate of Origin’ finals.
The club will also be launching their “Skolars are my second club” campaign.
Skolars Community Manager and first team captain Paul Thorman said: “The Urban Rugby Estate of Origin finals series will provide an opportunity for local children to become part of Rugby League’s biggest weekend of the year.
“As a squad we’re looking to go one better than last year’s narrow loss and get one over Keighley.”
Advance bookings are £10 and entrance on the night is £12, concessions £6.