Formed in 1891 by the fifth Earl of Lonsdale and the Marquis of Queensbury, the NSC became a pivotal entity in the history of sport. Its’ introduction of the world famous Queensberry Rules to professional boxing meant the Club became widely recognised for improving the integrity of sport and has been involved in sporting events ever since.
In 2008 NSC closed its’ doors to their famous sports lunches and dinners at the Cafe Royal for its refurbishment
but will return to London in their new home, the exclusive Park Lane Hotel in the heart of London Mayfair.
The first event kicks off on 5th June 2014 with the World Cup Lunch in honour of England’s 1966 Winning Team to mark the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Confirmed guests are Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Gordon Banks and invitations have gone out to the rest of the 1966 World Cup team which include Bobby and Jack Charlton, Roger Hunt, Nobby Styles, George Cohen and Ray Wilson.
The event will honour England’s 4-2 victory in the World Cup Final at Wembley against Germany when Geoff Hurst went down in history for the only player to score three goals in a World Cup Final. There will also be a coterie of other sports stars and personalities, old friends from the past and new friends. Guests will enter into one of the finest ballrooms in London through the luxurious 70-year old Silver Gallery. There they will enjoy a champagne reception, three-course lunch served with fine wines prepared by award winning Chef’s whilst honouring the 1966 World Cup Winning Team.
Lee Gregory, CEO of the National Sporting Club shares his excitement about this news: “Being steeped in history, the National Sporting Club has a rich tradition of honouring both sporting individuals and teams for their achievements. I am delighted to be returning the Club to London to its’ rightful place at the forefront of sporting and social life”.
Michelle Peterson, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Park Lane Hotel commented on the relationship: “To this day the National Sporting Club's dedication and commitment to sport remains as true as ever. Over the last 122 years they have developed a rich tradition of sporting banquets. We are proud to welcome the National Sporting Club to its’ new home at The Park Lane Hotel and we look forward to a great relationship together ensuring the best quality of hospitality for their honoured guests, members and attendees”.
Over the years the NSC has developed traditional sports entertainment, playing host to not only some of the world's greatest sporting celebrities and legends, but also providing the very highest standards of corporate hospitality at many of the major events on the international sporting calendar.