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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. 

 

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.

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

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BP XV’s III bs Kilburn Cosmos b’s League Final 13/04/15Photos from multiple sources.

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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.

BP 1st XV finish the season on a HIGH

Belsize Park finished their season on a high with a home win over fourth-placed Grasshoppers, but it was not enough to grab the second promotion spot in London North-West Division Three.

Man of the match John Corellis and Ben Parker both touched down twice in Regent’s Park, while Howard Pauling and Jeremy Burton also crossed the line as Belsize ran in six tries to secure a bonus point. Full-back Burton added two conversions in the hosts’ 17th victory of the campaign.

However, their slim hopes of overtaking Welwyn at the death and grabbing a second successive promotion were dashed as their rivals predictably thumped bottom side Old Streetonians, triumphing 100-0 to equal Belsize’s points total and finish just above them due to having one extra win.

“It’s exactly what we expected but it was important that we went out and played really well against Grasshoppers,” said stand-in captain Richard Wilson.

1st XV Final League Table

We would like to thank everyone that has played for the 1st XV this season, wish a speedy recovery to anyone that has been injured and a round of applause to our loyal supporters that come and watch us no matter the weather. Belsize Invicta

Belsize Park III’s go 49 games undefeated

Belsize III’s make it 49 games undefeated and push on to League and Cup Double in season 14/15!

After an undefeated season which saw Belsize III’s take 69 out of a possible 70 points for the season, with a points differential of +660 from 14 games, the season was on the line against the Thamesian Spartans who had been in excellent form at the back end of the season, pushing Belsize to a tight  28-14 result only a few weeks ago.

Belsize headed into the game full of confidence after beating Northolt (leading the league above) 40-5 in the Bowl Semi Final and came out of the blocks, fired up in the Semi. Within minutes Park were on the board and followed up with some good forward tries immediately after, including a lovely rolling maul move from a line out. Everything was going right and the  backrow of Lee Harrison, Stef Pozzebon and Jimmy Thillet working exceptionally hard, although the same could be said for the entire pack, who really were the difference. The Belsize backs did what they have done all season in running straight hard lines for their 10 to pick a man, with great support play from the outside men. Although the team was disappointed to back off in the second half, with the game won at half time there was a lot to be pleased about.

Attention now turns to the final games of the season, both of which are grand finals. Importantly this win took our Belsize 3s to 49 games undefeated with the first sudden death game (v Kilburn IIs in League Final) to the only opportunity to make it 50. Belsize will face Kilburn again on 18 April in the MMT Cup Final which many punters say is shaping up as great club day out.

Final Score – Belisze III’s  68-  Spartans 0

(2 tries to Lee Harrison, Stef Pozze, Brad Stuart, and Andrew Winder with Ben Gandy, Miguel “Miggy” Martinez grabbing 1. )

Belsize Park have been waiting for Fullerians title showdown for a while

Belsize Park captain Tom House admits his squad have been eyeing Saturday’s crucial top-of-the-table clash for a while, and he is confident of coming out on top.

Belsize secured their second promotion in three years last term, and they are now looking to move up from London North-West Division Three in the coming weeks.

House’s side sit second with three games to go, just four points behind Fullerians, and this weekend they host the leaders in a showdown which could decide who moves up the pyramid.

Belsize, who are unbeaten on their own turf in Regent’s Park since September 2013, have won seven games in a row and another victory could take them into top spot – which is the only place guaranteed to provide promotion.

Second place may well be enough, as it was last season, but a defeat on Saturday could open the door for third-placed Welwyn to overtake them and leave BP outside the top two.

“It’s absolutely massive, there’s no doubt about that in our minds,” House told Ham&High Sport. “We’re on a good run though, we’ve won every game since the new year and we can’t wait to get out there to be honest.

“I think our eyes have probably been on this for a little bit too long, hence the slightly closer results than we might have anticipated –like the one against Wasps in our last game.

“We kind of knew that we had to win everything up to this point to ensure that it mattered, but then as the momentum started to build and we beat Welwyn and then Datchworth a few weeks ago, we’ve really started to think about this big one.

“There’s everything to play for. We need to win with a bonus point and deny them a bonus point to go top, so it’s very exciting.”

A narrow victory would take Belsize level on points with Fullerians, but still leave them second. They need to score four tries to get the bonus fifth point, while also beating their rivals by at least eight points to deny their visitors a losing bonus point and overhaul them.

However, House is aware that an overly ambitious, gung-ho approach could backfire.

“Absolutely, and the boys won’t need any encouragement to get up for the game,” said the skipper. “If anything my job will be to keep them composed, keep them calm and keep them focused on doing what they’ve done so well all season.

“It will be about us playing our best game and sticking to our game plan and keeping it nice and straightforward.

“We’ve got some real fliers in our back line who can score from anywhere on the pitch, and they’ve been brilliant all season, so we’re not worried about not being able to score tries or anything like that. It’s not really been an issue.

“We haven’t really thought about the prospect of losing either, or what the implications of that would be. We try to only have positive thoughts.

“The games that we’ve lost, looking back, were times when we were maybe fielding slightly weaker sides, because of injuries or people travelling or having to work.

“But we’ve got a full-strength squad to pick from on Saturday – apart from my brother Freddie, who has unfortunately been injured for most of the year – so we can’t wait for it.”

Fullerians won the previous meeting between the sides in

December, but that was a narrow 24-21 victory on their home turf, and House is confident Belsize Park can gain revenge on their own ground this weekend.

“We felt we should have beaten them last time,” he said. “We missed three kickable penalties, we put a lot of pressure on them and we were hammering at their 22 but we couldn’t quite get into it.

“They kept conceding penalties at the breakdown but the referee wouldn’t send anyone off because it wasn’t in the 22, which seemed a bit arbitrary at the time.

“They’ve got a big set of forwards, they’re very organised, and they’re skilful at the breakdown. But we’ll have Sam Bennett back, who’s our master at the breakdown, and Alex Lee, who wins turnover after turnover.

“I don’t think either of those played the last time we played them so we’ll fancy our chances – and our home record speaks for itself.”

 

Taken from the article on the Ham & High: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/sport/rugby/belsize_park_captain_admits_we_ve_been_waiting_for_fullerians_title_showdown_for_a_while_1_3999585

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