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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 Awards Gala 2016-2017

Date: Saturday 17 June 18:30 to Sunday 1:00
Location: Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place W1H 7DL
Dinner:3 Courses + Wine
Entertainment:DJ and dancing

The end of year extravaganza will once again be held at The Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch. The evening will include DJ and dancing in the expectation that you will bring your wives and girlfriends to the event. This year and last we have done our best to make the event more WAG friendly and a bit less of a sausage-fest.

Chairman’s table – Joe Murphy
Senior VP’s table – Doc
1s table – Jamie Niven
2s table – Dave Boyle
3s table – Tim Chilton
4s table – Scott Broughton
Bulls table – Bilbo
Exiles table – Chris Kilkelly

2016/17 Awards Winners from Saturday night:

1st XV Player of the Year – Jack Marples
2nd XV Player of the Year – David Boyle
3rd XV Player of the Year – Paul Emms
4th XV Player of the Year – Alex McKenzie
Bulls Player of the Year – Brecon Jordan
Most Improved Player of the Year – Will Ville
Overseas Player of the Year – Eric Trauttenmiller
Clubman of the Year – Martin Belk
Newcomer of the Year – Sion King
Kiwi Bell Winner – Lawrence Alfred

Life member – Chris Kilkelly

Dates for the Diary – 2017-2018

CLUB EVENTS

Please keep checking club emails and Facebook for more information.

Tour Dates
Berkshire Tour: 17th-19th November 2017
Overseas Africa Tour: 23rd April – 3rd May 2018

Upcoming Socials (Official club events in BOLD)
September 2017
30 September: Dates dinner, Four Lanterns, 96 Cleveland St

October 2017
12 October: Curry Club
28 October: Oktoberfest, Katzenjammers, London Bridge

November 2017
16 November: Taste London, Tobacco Dock
17-19 November: Berkshire Tour, Nottingham
25 November: Dates dinner
30 November: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

December 2017
9 December: Christmas jumper pub crawl

January 2018
18 January 2018: Curry Club

February 2018
1 February: Club quiz, The White Moustache

March 2018
1 March 2018: Curry Club
10 March 2018: Dates dinner
22nd March: Belsize FRU Dinner

April 2018
21 April: End of season party
22 April: Silly Sunday
23 April – 4 May: Mozambique and Swaziland Tour

May 2018
11 May: Pimm’s Club, Windsor Castle, Notting Hill

June 2018
Club Dinner and Dance (date TBC)
15 June: Pimm’s Club, The Ship, Wandsworth

July 2018
Pimm’s Club – Chez Bilbo

August 2018
12 August: The Tashes – Annual Cricket Match, Regents Park

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

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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 XV III’s make it three consecutive league titles and win 50matches on the trot

We have seen a lot of Champagne Rugby this year, but that was a tense finale! Winning in the last play!

There was joy for Belsize’s third team as they secured a third successive title and promotion in the Middlesex Merit Table while extending their magnificent unbeaten run in competitive rugby to 50 matches.

Captain David Tink scored a winning penalty with the final kick of the match as BP beat Kilburn Cosmos’ second team 20-17, maintaining their perfect record for the season and taking another crown.

Pressure is on!

They have won all 15 of their league games this campaign, scoring 789 points in the process and conceding just 61.

Kilburn kicked a penalty midway through the first half but Belsize quickly responded as Matt Fiander touched down for a converted try. And, when the Cosmos replied in kind, Adam Marcus went over just before the half-time whistle to give BP a 12-10 lead at the break.

The Cosmos struck first in the second period but Park’s number eight Lee Harrison made it over the whitewash to equalise at 17-17.

 

Belsize thought they had scored again when Miguel Martinez touched down, but the try was disallowed for a forward pass.

Instead, it was left to Tink to win the day as the referee awarded a penalty right at the end of the match, and the skipper stepped up to win the match and the title.

The two teams go head to head again on Saturday – this time in the Middlesex Merit Bowl final at Finchley RFC.

3s final league table

Photos available here;
You can also purchase pictures from David who will print them in Hi-Quality via the following link
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BP XV’s III bs Kilburn Cosmos b’s League Final 13/04/15Photos from multiple sources.

Posted by Belsize Park RFC on Monday, 13 April 2015

 

Belsize’s second and fourth teams have also won their leagues this season, but they lost their cup semi-finals at the weekend against Hertford’s fourth team and Biggleswade’s third string respectively.