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Rugby : Respect is an honor earned, not given!

The game Rugby has been under a lot of scrutiny over the last few months with a campaign that wants to ban tackling in our schools, silly initiation ceremonies and the physical impact that the game is having towards player health at the top level of the game.

With all of this going on we tend to forget about grass roots Rugby and the core values that make the sport of Rugby stand out above other sports.
The most important being respect, respecting your teammates, the referee and most importantly the opposition. You may go to battle on the pitch but the most important thing is that after the final whistle you earn the respect of your opposite number and shake their hand as without them you wouldn’t be able to play.

It is important to remember that in grass roots Rugby it is not about being paid to play, it is about the enjoyment of the game and playing with your friends and this stems from the 1st team right the way through to the social side within your local club.

Last weekend Belsize Park Bulls reminded us all about the term RESPECT and our club is extremely proud of the team and especially the 3 individuals.

Whilst playing a tough game at Harlequinns amateurs they finished the game and carried out the usual post match rituals of a few beers and serenading each other to Taylor Swift in the sheds.

Just before heading out one of players noticed that a member of the opposition team had collapsed in the hallway and called for help, he was joined by two other players. In this moment they saw that the players face was turning blue and immediately reacted by taking off his tie, clearing his airways and placing him in the recovery position.
A roaming response paramedic was in the area and confirmed that the player was going into a cardiac arrest.
Between our players and the response paramedic they managed to do CPR for around 40minutes with the player having to be resuscitated several times but he did not give up and neither did anyone involved. They all took it in turns to keep doing cpr until the ambulance arrived and maintaining chest compressions at that intensity for that amount of time is not very easy, especially when knowing a life is at stake.

The ambulance arrived and managed to stabilise the player and both they and the police confirmed that if our Belsize Bulls had not reacted in the manner that they did and in the time they did we would have a much sadder story to report on. The fact that no one gave up and kept going is a real testament to the ‘respect’ earned in a game but also the ‘respect’ for someones life.

Belsize Park have heard that the player is recovering after surgery from a blockage to his heart and has been discharged from hospital and is back at home with his wife and kids.

As a club we are extremely proud and across all of our teams have the up most respect for Dominic Waterhouse, Nathan Gray and Alex Taylor as they are not just heroes within our club but also to the game itself and what it stands for.

If they did not react in the way they did and in the manner they did it is very likely that we may have lost an amazing brother of our extraordinary game, Rugby.

Big hand from all of us at
Belsize Park Rugby Club

If you would like to make a donation to the British Heart foundation you can via the following link – https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/donate  #Rugbyheart

Belsize Park featured on Rugby Nats

What a whirlwind month for the club being featured on the England homepage again and having a special episode by the team at Rugby Nats focusing on us. Also a cheeky page in the Daily Mail!

Make sure you have a look at their website here http://www.rugbynats.co.uk and look at some of the great work other clubs are doing.

Click here to watch the video

 

You can also see that we are featured on the England Rugby website Here!

You can view the article on the Daily Mail website here!

BP Daily Mail
BP Daily Mail

 

Belsize Park receive RFU Presidents Award for player recruitment

Stand in the middle of central London, Trafalgar Square to be precise, start walking north and the first rugby club you will come to is Belsize Park RFC.

Based in the heart of London amidst a population of over 8 million people you may expect Belsize Park to have always had an abundance of players available to them but that hasn’t always been the case.

“It’s always been a great club with a very strong spirit but up until the last five years or so we sort of kept it to ourselves and so we were always a relatively small club,” says club director of rugby Zach Webb.

“In the last few years we’ve taken player recruitment very seriously and have seen massive results.”

From 77 new recruits in their 2011/12 season, this year the club has seen an increase to 280 new players with 380 in total playing for one of their six sides.

TAPPING INTO LONDON’S POTENTIAL

After deciding to prioritise recruitment, the club began by targeting the thousands of people who move to the capital each year who had once played rugby but were now without a club.

“We encouraged every player to become a recruiter, to spread the club’s message by word of mouth,” says Webb. “When players join we try and create a home and a rugby lifestyle for them here. We give them a rugby club and also a family that accepts them in.”

As a result, Belsize Park has become one of the most diverse clubs in the world.

“We have players from Uganda, Chile, America, Canada, Australia, Uruguay, Argentina, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand to name a few as well as players from all over the UK. The next challenge comes in retaining them.”

CLUB CULTURE

Retaining hundreds of new players each season is a unique challenge and Belsize Park approach it in a unique way.

“We consider ourselves to be the most widely toured amateur team in the world,” says Webb. “Every year since 1989 we’ve gone on two tours and have now travelled most of the world as a club.”

From China to Barbados, Belsize Park continue to take a group overseas each year with the aim of developing a strong ethos.

Despite having only senior teams, the club also has a partnership with Regent’s Park Royals mini and junior rugby teams, offering coaches every week to help develop the sport.

CLIMBING THROUGH THE LEAGUES

All their efforts off the pitch seem to be paying off on it.

The club has secured eleven promotions across their four league sides since the 2011/12 season with their 1st XV winning promotion to London 2 North West this year.

“We gave ourselves the target of reaching London 3 and managed to do it a few years earlier than planned so the next plan is just to keep rising through the leagues and show that we can do it while remaining strictly amateur,” explains Webb.

In recognition of Belsize Parks’ extraordinary growth they were awarded the Player Recruitment award at the President’s Awards by RFU President Jason Leonard, a fitting accolade for a club leading the way in growing the sport.

Find out more about the RFU President’s Awards and all the winners here. 

 

Club Socials 2016

CLUB EVENTS

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All events / Socials / Training and fixtures will be updated on this but please keep checking club emails for any changes and updates. This also does not add the events to your personal calendar, simply adds an additional calender that you can view.

Every Wednesday Training @ 19:00
Corams Field, Farringdon, EC1R 0EG
Location for training


CLUB SOCIALS
Fri 19th August Pimms Club @ 18:00
Casa Bilbo, Primrose Hill

Sat 10th September @ 19:00 – Season opener party
Meet @ White Mustache

Sat 22nd October @ 19:00 – Belsize Oktoberfest party

Fri 11th-13th November @ 16:00 – Berkshire Tour – Exeter

Sat 10th December @ 18:00 – Christmas Pub Crawl
Meet @ White Mustache

Thurs 9th February @ 18:00 – Belsize Quiz night
@ White Mustache

Sat 4th March @ 18:00 – Belsize House Party

Sun 9th April @ 18:00 – Silly Sunday

Thur 27th April -2nd May @ 10:00 – Overseas Tour – Vienna & Bratislava

If you have any questions on any upcoming events either tweet us @BelsizeRugby or drop us an e-mail belsizerugby@googlemail.com

Christmas Message from the Chairman

All,Tidings of the season to all Belsize men, women and all your families.

2015 has brought highs and lows. Another successful end to last season, and more silverware and promotions for some of the league sides, with the others knocking on the door of the same. In the current season, the run of form, which is now 4 or 5 years old, continues and all league teams are performing strongly. The Bulls continue be a force on the London rugby social scene. April 2016 therefore promises to be a very big month for us, as long as we remain committed to the greater glory of Belsize.

As always there have been new recruits and several departures, none more so than Ben Keogh, who has gone to the great tour in the sky. Hopefully Gandalf and others are having as much fun as the tourists to Barbados, our first trip across the Atlantic for several years. We were also visited by old friends who returned to London to watch the World Cup, including in our new home at the White Mustache. Perhaps the greatest achievement of 2015 is that the World Cup didn’t prove to be the destruction of the club’s playing activities it has been in years past, and was a sign of our current position as central London’s top amateur club.

We have always considered that as our territory, but with 5 regular sides all performing well, several hundred members all contributing to the club’s general well being, and our touring and social reputation it cannot reasonably be argued by any of our competitors. We are regularly asked how we are doing it, especially when rugby clubs have been struggling in recent years. To me the answer is simple. A rugby club is a lot more than people playing rugby. It ought to be a community and if anyone spends 10 minutes looking at phone or email contacts, or friends on Facebook you’ll find that this is the biggest community you are part of.

Thank you all for your service to Belsize and each other, in whatever form, in 2015.

I hope everyone has a top class Christmas and New Year.

Murphy

End of Season Awards

2015 Middlesex Rugby VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AWARDS

http://www.middlesexrugby.com/communityrugby/VolunteerAwards2015/

The 2015 annual Community Rugby Volunteer Appreciation took on Friday 26th June at London Welsh RFC.

The Volunteer Appreciation Awards are the County’s way of recognising the hard work our volunteers do throughout the season to keep clubs running and rewarding those key individuals for their hard work. The dinner also gives clubs and volunteer co-ordinators the opportunity to network and share ideas with others.

President’s VII Awards

The President’s VII awards recognise clubs who have contributed to the development of the game of rugby. Awards were presented in the following categories:

Expanding and Developing the Game: The Club has done most in working on recruitment to grow their playing strength during the season.

Winner: Belsize Park
This club has recruited 211 new players over the course of the season. Although not all have stayed the club has been able to field six teams this season. They have done a large amount of work to strengthen links with local universities. Their hard work in recruiting was rewarded on the pitch with the 1st XV finishing second in the league, the 2nd and 4th XVs winning their leagues, the 3rd XV doing the double and the 5th XV and Vets fulfilling a full calendar of fixtures.

 

2015 – Belsize Park Club Awards

It was an amazing season that saw the 1st XV finishing second in the league, the 2nd and 4th XVs winning their leagues, the 3rd XV doing the double and the 5th XV and Vets fulfilling a full calendar of fixtures.

The 2015-2016 season will be tougher as we aim to do better as a club and keep building on the momentum from last season.Huge congratulations goes out to all players who donned the heliotrope this season and especially the following players who have had a great season and earned the respect of their teammates.

1st XV PoY Chris Dan
2nd XV PoY Phil Blackler
3rd XV PoY Dave Schalit
4th XV PoY James Hardy
Bulls PoY Jamie Moore
Kiwi Bell Miguel Martinez
Most Improved Player Michael Downes
Newcomer Stefano Pozzebon
Overseas POY George Hazlett
Clubman of the year Steven ‘Bilbo’ Joseph

Key dates for summer..

CLUB EVENTS

Weds 15th July Summer Training @ 19:00
Corams Field, Farringdon, EC1R 0EG
Location for training

Sunday 9th August – The Tashes ‘Cricket Match’ @ 13:00
The Hub, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RU
Location for training


CLUB SOCIALS
Fri 17th July Pimms Club @ 18:00
The Windsor Castle, 115 Campden Hill Road, Notting Hill, W8 7AR

Fri 14th August Pimms Club @ 18:00
Casa Bilbo, Primrose Hill

If you have any questions on any upcoming events either tweet us @BelsizeRugby or drop us an e-mail belsizerugby@googlemail.com

 


PAST EVENTS

Tuesday 14th July @ 19:00 – Belsize Park AGM
The White Mustache, 7A, Stanhope Parade, Stanhope St, London, NW1 3RD

Fri 12th June Pimms Club @ 18:00
The Crown, Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, EC1R 0EG

Sat 6th June @ 18:30 – Dinner & Awards
Club dinner @ Browns Courtrooms

Belsize Park Clean Sweep

Belsize Park completed a clean sweep this weekend with 1s,2s,4s, Bulls and Vets all winning.

The 4s victory, 15 -17 at home to Tring IV ensured their promotion with three games still to go. A significant achievement given their first year of league rugby down in no small part to talismanic captain Colum Harkin.

The first team beat Old Streetonians 39 – 31. Full match report available here.

The 2s beat Fullerians 2nds 15 -0, the Bulls beat Hillingdon Abbotts 2nds 75-5 and the mighty Vets beat their Kilburn counterparts 19 -5.

2015 and the race for the league is on..!

This weekend Belsize Park put out FIVE full strength squads! Starting 2015 with a bang and able to show how the strength and depth of of our Club keeps on growing. This season has already seen us build on the merits of last season and we don’t want it to stop there with four teams fighting for promotion and in contention to win their respective leagues!

The weekends results were;

1s W – Belsize 1sts 30-5 Wellwyn RFC
The first team started their New Year with a gutsy performance against fellow promotion hopefuls Welwyn. Hard running from John Corellis and Miran Serdarevich got them over the white wash in the first half and in the second Tricky Wilson and Will Allen crossed after mazy running in open play. This leaves Belsize in 3rd but equal on points with 2nd placed Welwyn, 6 behind Fullerians. Match report.

2s L – Bishop’s Stortford III 23 -19 Belsize 2nds

3s W – Belsize 3rds 88-14 Old Isleworthians II
Belsize 3s continued their perfect season making it 10 from 10 in the league with a 88-14 win over Old Isleworthians IIs. Flanker James Hardy was brutal as ever in defence allowing Scrum half Andrew Winder scored 4 tries while skipper and fly half Dave Tink collected 27 points. Belsize have a top of the league clash with 2nd placed Kilburn IIs next Saturday away.

4s L – Barnes Vets 33 – 7 Belsize 4ths

5s W – Ilford Wanderers 4s 8 – 52 Belsize Bulls

We will have 5 games on Saturday, with all the league XVs playing competitive rugby and another good friendly lined up for the Bulls, which we are hoping to move to the park. The highlight will no doubt be the 1s & 2s double header at our friends in Hackney, although the 3s & 4s also both have tough away games.

The availability form is open here: http://tiny.cc/Belsize_Availability

Chairman’s Christmas Message

Men and Women of Belsize

There is one more weekend of rugby until the short mid season break for Christmas. At this time of year I usually send a message outlining our recent achievements, and highlighting how in the past months we have reached heights never previously dreamed of. This is no longer the case.

As you will all know, on the pitch our success continues, with all league teams doing very well and either leading or pushing for the top. As these are leagues we have never reached before this is superb, but instead of these being achievements that we never thought we could achieve, these are now things that we have come to expect. Our expectations have been raised again and again, and every victory in the past few years has been built upon to the point where we all wake in the morning expecting to win, not hoping.

The same is true off the pitch, both on the financial and social sides, where we are stronger than we have ever been.

This isn’t to suggest that there should be any room for complacency, as success on and off the pitch is the product of hard work. It simply means that we can all relax this Christmas, and enjoy a few drinks and a bit of cake, in the knowledge that the graft is paying off.

It also means that we can come back in the New Year, energised for the fight and ready to tackle the challenges that a club of our size, and current stature, face. The massive target we have painted on our backs is one. More hard work, and the confidence in our ability that it has engendered, means that this should be a small mountain to climb and that more laurels await us in April.

Let’s therefore do all we can to ensure that we get to have another massive club day in April to celebrate the effort that everyone has put in. A smaller group will then jet off to represent Belsize at the frontier of world class touring, as always. I believe there are some cricketers joining us in Barbados so not only the pride of our club but the pride of our sport will urge us to win that particular party.

Thank you all for the effort and dedication you have shown to Belsize in 2014. Have a happy Christmas and New Year.

Belsize Invicta

Murphy