Engage 2015



Engage 2015 represented at Rugby World Cup referees event at House of Lords


On Monday 26 October David Chawner and David Stretton-Downes, from Engage 2015, joined Rugby World Cup referees at the House of Lords for a School of Hard Knocks charity event.

The event organized by Wayne Barnes and Andy Reed was hosted by Lord Addington as an opportunity to thanks the twelve elite referees, their TMOs, selectors, support staff and families in the week leading up to the final two matches. The event also provided the opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by sports officials around the country for games each week.

Head of Communications at Engage 2015, David Stretton-Downes said, “It was interesting to talk to the referees about how churches have engaged with Rugby World Cup, and get an insight into key referee decision making on and off the pitch. Many were surprised and positive to hear how many high profile players were speaking out about their faith.”

The event, attended by over 150 people from across the sports industry, included a live auction led by World Cup Final referee Nigel Owens with around £1000 being raised for the valuable work of School of Hard Knocks.

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