London9s Event Planner shortlisted for Industry Award in USA

The London9s organiser, Graham Oliphant, has been shortlisted for the Sports Events Media Group Readers Choice Award, in the USA, for the ground breaking London9s Rugby Festival.


The Sports Events Media Group are the industry leaders in the USA in connecting amateur sports events rights holders with sports commissions and industry suppliers.

“It’s a great honour to be shortlisted and i’m really pleased as this is well overdue recognition for the whole team of people who made the London9s possible” - Graham commented.

He continued….“Events don’t just happen. 99% of the work is done before the day itself, and without a smart, committed and passionate team of individuals who are willing to stretch the boundaries and solve problems to get the job done we wouldn’t have an event. That includes all our sponsors, the teams who travel from around the world to attend and trust us to deliver a world class event, to the volunteers and partners who make it such a fantastic experience!”

Sherri Middleton, Managing Editor for Sports Events Media, added: “We are always delighted to see Graham at our annual Industry event in the USA. Amongst 400 plus events rights holders from across the US, Graham is the only English guy and normally the sole promoter of Rugby and his 9 a side festival in London. This is such a new sport to us and it’s an education for our sports commissions to understand how they can accommodate this exciting new concept with a similar event in the States.”

The amateur sporting events industry generated $10.6 billion in economic impact across the USA in 2017 alone (NASC annual report).

If you would like to cast your VOTE and support Graham as ‘Event planner to watch for 2020’ and the promotion of Rugby League 9s in the USA, please click on the link below, scroll down to ‘Event Planner’ in section 2 and vote. Then scroll to the bottom and click ‘done’


Salute to the Winners of the London9s 2019

The soaring temperatures at the 2019 London9s were only matched by the red hot action on the pitches!

Congratulations to the 2019 Champions:


The Perform Supplements MENS SOCIAL: London Skolars (UK)


A huge THANK YOU to all our teams, fans, volunteers, partners, and sponsors.

Also to East London Community Sports Association (Sports Hub E15) for supporting and hosting this event.

For 2020 we will be extending the format to accommodate more women’s teams and more overseas teams, along with a dedicated section for social/community based UK clubs.

If you or your team would like to be considered to represent your Nation at the London9s 2020, you can register your interest now, at (date tbc later this month).

Meanwhile, you can catch the televised replays of all the live streamed games by clicking on the link below, to subscribe and access over 7 hours of footage from the day, via our partners at

Action photos will be posted out on our Facebook page over the coming days.

Enjoy our GRM Sport produced ‘feature length’ video of the 2019 event: