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Belsize Clean Sweep

Last weekend saw the second and final club day of the preseason with four teams taking to the field in Dulwich against Old Alleynians. Belsize fielded 79 players in an afternoon that saw another clean sweep for the central Londoners. The 1st XV ran out 38 – 14 victors, the 2nds 104 – 5, the thirds 41 – 17 and the fourths completed the rout 31- 22.
The Belsize attacking flair was evident across the board as free flowing rugby lead to the tries rained in from all areas.

Click below for matchday photos

BP warming up

Sterner challenges await next week as the 1s(away) and 2s(home) begin their league campaigns against Grasshoppers, the 3s(home) have friendly against Old Actonians 2s, the 4s(home) play British Airways before they make their league debut the following week and the 5s are due to make their seasonal debut.

We are now taking availability for games next Saturday. Given the league sides have restricted squad sizes, we will be ready to find a 5th team game a week early if numbers dictate.
Please complete the online availability form here to let us know if you can/can’t play: http://tiny.cc/Belsize_Availability

If you can’t access it because of firewalls, etc then send in an email to this address with something like the following in the subject line, by Wednesday 9am:

Zach Webb/Available/Hooker or Prop/No Car/07706 123456

i.e. Your name, your availability, your position, phone number and whether or not you’ve a car.

Also, a few of you are still only confirming availability with coaches or captains, given the need for myself & Mark O’Brien to have quick visibility on numbers to gauge the amount of games we need, this has to stop ASAP.
Please use the online form or email to let us know if you are around.

Belsize Park vs Old Alleynians – Pre-season Friendly

Last weekend saw the second and final club day of the preseason with four teams taking to the field in Dulwich against Old Alleynians. Belsize fielded 79 players in an afternoon that saw another clean sweep for the central Londoners. The 1st XV ran out 38 – 14 victors, the 2nds 104 – 5, the thirds 41 – 17 and the fourths completed the rout 31- 22.

The Belsize attacking flair was evident across the board as free flowing rugby lead to the tries rained in from all areas.

Pre-Season Training – Getting Involved

We are now entering August and our first competitive matches are in this month. So, we have one month to be ready.
Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Regents Park. Many players are attending only one session a week. Many regulars from last season have not made an appearance at all. This is disappointing.
We have a large number of new players who need welcoming, who need to train alongside established players in order to gauge the standard of the club, and who need to be brought up to speed with club playing culture and structure. By staying away, you are not helping your own cause, nor the club cause.
We have a pool of talented coaches who are trying to structure sessions to accommodate numbers, raise standards, and still have a laugh. There are minor, but important developments to the playing structure this season; we cannot begin to train this until everyone is present.
Primrose Hill SprintFor everyone who is training regularly, you can already look back on a few weeks of dustbowl rugby, Michael’s absolute killer first session, Primrose Hill, first contact and Dav’s wicked switch from the wing on Thursday evening. Leapfrog will never be the same and having 50 guys roll around on the floor wrestling nearly drew a crowd.
Pre-season is important for your fitness and for your rugby skill level. It’s a physical and emotional investment in the bank for when the weather’s cold and you wonder why you do it. But, most of all, it sets our stall out for  the kind of club we want to be in 2014/15.

International Tour 2015 – Barbados

BarbadosAfter the huge success of the recent tour in May, with 50 tourists visiting Portugal and strong tours to Malta, Berlin and Croatia, the club has decided 2015 is the year to escape Europe…
Five years have passed since we ventured overseas and we think it’s time to go big with Belsize.

Our proposed destination for May 2015 is … Barbados. With excellent local knowledge provided by Club VP Alex Upton, we are offering 8 nights in the Caribbean (+1 on the flight home) for £1,000 each.
The planned dates are departing 30th April and a 9th May 2015 arrival home.

This total includes:

  • Return flights
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 2 x games
  • Playing insurance
  • Tour stash
  • 3 excursions, likely to be:
    • Sailing party cruise
    • Rum distillery tour & lunch
    • 4×4 island safari
  • Help arranging activities for smaller groups like diving, water sports, golf, etc

As the cost of flights are included, we will need to book those ASAP so we are announcing tour early to to allow plenty of time for you all to consider your chances of going, and start saving from July’s pay packet and also discuss at the AGM on 4th August.

The cost includes return flights and we have plans to help make this trip achievable to as many people as possible. It is also exceptionally good value and we doubt you could ever go to Barbados with your mates for less.
The intended payment plan/guideline is as follows:

  • £160 deposit by end of August 2014
  • £320 by end of Nov 2014 (£480 minimum required by this date)
  • £320 by end of Feb 2015 (£800 total required by this date)
  • £200 two weeks before tour departs (totalling £1,000)

The club website will be set up to allow payments using your debit or credit cards to our Paypal account.

Given the additional logistics of taking a big group to the Caribbean, we need to ensure the interest is there before planning goes any further so please complete this form if you are keen for over a week of golden sands, rum, ice cold Banks beer, snorkelling, rum, Rhianna doppelgängers (not guaranteed), reggae, rum and rugby with your mates.

Please note: As of August 6, tour is SOLD OUT.

2018 Belsize Tour - Registration of Interest
To put your name down to become a tourist on the 2018 Tour to Mozambique & Swaziland as a new joiner to the club this season, please complete the below form.

REMEMBER - NO PLACES ARE GUARANTEED UNTIL WE GET YOUR DEPOSIT.

Doesn't matter if you are the first to sign up if you are the last to pay... If you are successful, the payment deadlines would be as follows -

- £199 immediately confirmation of a place. Deadline is 6 Oct (assuming space is available through to that date)
- Interim #1 £450 - 30 Nov 17 (or total £649 minimum by 30 Nov if paying on a different schedule e.g monthly)
- Interim #2 £450 - 2 Feb 18 (total £1099 minimum by 2 Feb if paying on a different schedule e.g monthly)
- Balance £200 - 23 March 18 (total £1299).
- you can also sign up for monthly DD payments.

Our aim is to have the tour party then work together to generate additional income through fund-raising nights and extra sponsorship. That extra income could then be used to reduce the total cost to the tourists (potentially making that final £200 payment redundant) or, more likely, add greater value to the trip through trips, stash & meals as well as be the basis of the club kitty whilst away, reducing your personal expenditure on tour.

This is obviously not guaranteed but is a good incentive to have the group work together over the season to make the tour as affordable as possible and contribute to the experience when enjoying sun, safari and rugby.

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2014-15 Season Kicks Off!

The 2014/15 season kicks off Tomorrow at 18:30 in Regent’s Park. Pre-season training will be a mix of fitness, skills and rugby, taking place every Tuesday and Thursday until September at 6.30pm. We will have a team of coaches present, including fitness specialists.

Our summer training location is now between London Zoo and the Gloucester Gate entrance to the park, marked on this link as ‘Summer Training

Arrive changed or get changed by the side of the pitch. Bring water! Footwear for the time being is trainers.

Two Crucial Things:

1. Whoever arrives first, claim our space to train and mark it out with cones or anything to hand. Timing is crucial; If you think you can arrive a little earlier to do this on either Tuesday or Thursday, please let me know on 07950 257802.

2. Volunteers needed to collect the two bags of balls and ladders, etc from the Sheephaven and drop them over to the pitch. For early sessions we just need the two big bags, but they are not light to carry. Please let me know if you can help on either Tuesday or Thursday. In an emergency, I believe the Club will reimburse taxi fares.

With work commitments, holidays etc, we cannot expect 100% attendance at every session. Personal fitness is your own responsibility, but these sessions will help. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit flabby right now – the early sessions will be ‘accessible to all’. Just don’t leave it until August and think you can reach a level of fitness which will see you through the season – one of the reasons we suffered so many injuries last time around.

See you Tuesday!

Save the Dates

Training resumes next week, it’s probably worth reminding you all of some important dates to mark in your diary over the next few weeks:

  • Pre-Season training starts a week tomorrow, Tuesday 1st July
  • This then occurs every Tuesday & Thursday through July & August
  • Pimms Club on Friday 18th July
  • Club AGM on Tuesday 5th August
  • Pimms Club on Friday 15th August
  • Opening fixtures are Saturday 30th August
  • League games start on Saturday 13th September

We’ll send reminders and further details for each of these as the dates approach but it’s worth marking these down now, especially the weekends regarding early season friendlies and the start of league rugby.

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Knights of Malta, Prepare

You should be salivating once you’ve read this and giving tour some serious consideration. I have put forward one hell of a set of a package including excursions and stash for you. This is what you’ll be receiving for your £300. I ask anyone to try and find a better value offer.

Malta Tour Itinerary
24th to 28th May, 2013

Friday
Fernandez Gozo & Comino Boat Cruise

2013 International Tour - Malta
2013 International Tour – Malta

The Fernandes is a beautiful 87 foot L.O.A. Schooner Rigged Turkish Gullet with a large forward deck covered stern deck and a large saloon. The Fernandes departs from the Sliema Marina and cruises North westwards towards Gozo. We drop anchor in secluded bays in Gozo. En-route one sees the panoramic cliffs, coves and inlets. The rest of the morning is spent swimming, snorkelling or just sunbathing and relaxing on the large decks, while our stewards prepare a delicious hot & cold Buffet including wine. After lunch we sail towards Comino, where we drop anchor in the beautiful Blue Lagoon and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the magical crystal clear water of the lagoon. Fresh Fruit is served before we leave the Blue lagoon. Masks and Snorkels are available on board Free of Charge. A fully stocked bar, fresh water showers and toilet facilities are available onboard. Private cabins with Private Facilities are available on request at a small charge. Fresh Fruit is also served in the afternoon.

Saturday
Belsize Park vx Stompers RFC

If we don’t win the match then we’ll certainly win the party afterwards

Sunday
Half day trip to Valletta

Valletta

Trip includes transport, English speaking licensed guide and entrance fees.

We drive to the Capital Valletta and walk to the Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour. Then on to St. John’s co-Cathedral, Malta’s greatest treasure that includes the famous painting by Caravaggio. Our tour proceeds to the Grand Master’s Palace, which houses the Parliament, the offices of the President of Malta and the Armoury.

Monday
Belsize Park vx Overseas RFC

Our match will be followed by the small item of Tour Court. There will be no winners on that day

Tuesday
The Last Supper

We will spend the day as we please, probably doing watersports or relaxing along the coast. The day will end with a last supper steak dinner.

Wednesday
Back to Reality

Go forth and never speak about what happened on tour again.

Tour Stash & Extras

All tourists receive  the following:

  • Playing insurance
  • 3 star accommodation for 5 nights (breakfast included)
  • Canterbury tour playing shirt with personalised name and playing number
  • Personalised tour polo shirt
  • Personalised tour baseball shirt
  • Kitbag (tbc)
  • Playing shorts (tbc)

I am working hard with suppliers to ensure we get kitbag, shorts and possibly more.

If you are interested then please email me on jsrpeters@hotmail.com and we can take things forward from there.