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
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.”
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.
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)