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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. 

 

Club Socials 2016

CLUB EVENTS

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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