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.
For 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.
After 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.
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!