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

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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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Tour – The Chateau Ver De Flor

Men of Belsize
 
It’s that time again when we must secure our opportunity to gallivant around on foreign soil with fellow ‘Belsizians’. This year we grace the South of France, with the rugby strongholds of Toulouse and Biarritz being forced to bare witness to what should be a great 5 days.
 
There will 2 games of rugby against local oppo intersected by a Virgin Jousting competition, beach expeditions and plenty of ‘water sports’. 
 
Set over the second May bank holiday (Wednesday 24th May – Monday 29th May) the trip will be filled with lots of organised fun and opportunities to hangout with all the guys you play with and those you don’t.
 
All this for the great price of £450 + flights (currently £35). 
 
So sign up before the remaining spaces are filled. To reserve your space please complete this forum: https://goo.gl/forms/0QqUMYzrGrSFDAkc2
 
Then pay the £150 deposit via the website: http://bprfc.co.uk/join-the-club/pay-the-club/
 
As always if you have any questions on payments please email Geoff: geoffrey.craig@gmail.com
 
We will see you in France. 
 
Le comité du Tour  

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. 

 

BELSIZE AWARDS CEREMONY DINNER DANCE – 17th June

Date:  Saturday 17 June 18:30 to Sunday 1:00
Location:  Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place W1H 7DL
Dinner: 3 Courses
Entertainment:  DJ and dancing
Dress:  Black Tie
Cost: £80 per person

Mark your calendars and dust off your dinner jackets for the Annual Belsize Awards and Dinner Dance (and Chairman’s speech).

This year our end of year extravaganza will be held at The Cumberland hotel near Marble Arch.  The posh hotel venue will include a DJ and dancing in the expectation that you will bring your wives and girlfriends to the event.

We have made some improvements in order to make the event more WAG friendly and a bit less of a sausage-fest.  We will be staying at the venue throughout the evening and the bar will be open until 1 am (thus avoiding the experience of previous years when we have been turfed out after the dinner and been refused entry anywhere else}.  The Board and Social Committee are trying to offer a civilized affair to which you can confidently bring your WAGS.

Join your team mates in celebrating another amazing season for Belsize and the many accomplishments and contributions that got us there.

To purchase tickets contact the following table captains who will collect your payment.

Belsize Invicta but in a civilized way, with dinner and girls and dancing (and a Chairman’s speech)

The Social Committee

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

End of season games and training

End of Season
A reminder about where we stand on training, playing and socials as we head into the final month of the 15s season.

Training
We have Coram’s Fields booked until the last 1st XV game of the season. The final training here will be on Wednesday 20th April.
Corams Field, Farringdon, EC1R 0EG
Location for training
Pitches
Regent’s Park only mark rugby pitches until Easter Weekend each season, regardless of how early/late it might fall. We have all now played our last home game in the park. Home games from this point will be played elsewhere.


Remaining games
2nd April 2016
This is the final day of league games for the 2s & 4s. The 3s have their cup semi this day while the 1s are also on the road in the league. We expect to field the Bulls, possibly for the final time this season. Business as usual.

9th April 2016
The 3s have their MMT League Play Off Semi, the 2s will be in their cup Quarter Finals and the 4s in their plate QFs.

16th April 2016
in previous years this would be the final weekend of 15s and we would have just a couple of sides out. This year we are expecting to fulfil the below games, all competitive and relevant to the success of the season:
1st XV – home to Old Actonians (will be played elsewhere)
2nd XV – HMMT Cup Semi
3rd XV – MMT Cup Final
4th XV – HMMT Plate Semi

23rd April 2016
Finals Day. If results go the right way, the 1s & 3s will be playing to win their leagues and the 2s & 4s will be in knockout finals:
1st XV – away to London Nigerian
2nd XV – HMMT Cup Final
3rd XV – MMT League Final
4th XV – HMMT Plate Final

We will not arrange additional games, but we will set up socials around watching & supporting the teams playing for trophies & titles.
The end of season wrap party will be taking place at the White Mustache followed by our infamous Silly Sunday!

30th April 2016
Obviously the major rugby on this weekend will be taking place in Greece but we will also be entering a side into the Middlesex 7s at Richmond FC.
This is on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday.

We will also look at other 7s competitions as well as entering a side into Regent’s Park Touch Competitions once more.

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

Rugby in Central London