Posted: Thursday, Jan 12, 2017
Author: Olly Stratton
Categories: Club News, Rugby News, VF Camp

Valley Fort Chairman's update - January 15


Valley Fort parents,

What a glorious day it was for training last Sunday! Clear sky (until the
smog rolled in), warm temperatures, and the grass had been cut at both St.
Stephen’s and, amazingly, the Fort! I hope that your kids all enjoyed their
start to the 2nd half of the 2016-17 season. Interestingly for the colts,
some are coming to the close of their 15-a-side season: last Sunday, barely
having finished digesting their Christmas pudding, the U19 Div 1 side were
up against HKFC in the championship semi-final. Unfortunately, no New Year’s
luck as HKFC ran out winners, but it has been a great season for the U19s
and congratulations to Freddie Laine, coaches Matt and Tom, and all the
players for the progress they’ve made.  It’s a big weekend coming up for the
minis with the Tai Po Festival at King’s Park and the next round of Richard
Hawkes and Kim Lam Tournaments at Happy Valley.

Valley Fort now has close to 800 registered players, but we are still
recruiting! And we will continue to pay a HK$200 referral fee for kids who
encourage their friends to sign up – this is for all girls, and for boys U11
through U19. Encourage your kids to earn some pocket money! In the next
couple of weeks we will pay out these referral fees to kids who recruited
their friends in the first half of the season….

Talking of recruiting girls to play rugby, England Rugby have created the
“Meet Your Inner Warrior” campaign video, which I thought you might enjoy:

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Several important and brief topics to cover this week….

1.       Upcoming training and matches

2.       Go watch the SocGen Valley Prems and Knights playing on Saturday

3.       Valley Fort CNY Camp on Feb 2/3 at King’s Park

4.       KL tour. Anyone still looking for flights?

5.       Hong Kong Sevens tickets

6.       Valley Fort Festival – please volunteer

7.       Tai Po Festival on Sunday, Jan 15

8.       ValleyNET Junior Netball Academy – netball clinics for U6 through
U16 run by Silver Fern and Valley pro Joline (Henry) Johannson on Sunday Jan
15 and Sunday, Jan 22. See details below and sign up your girls (unless
they’re playing rugby at that time!)

1. Upcoming training

·         Friday, Jan 13. 6.30 to 8.00 HKIS training for U9 through U12.
Jessie has circulated the bus schedule

·         Sunday, Jan 15

o   U6 through U11 at Tai Po Festival at King’s Park. Schedules attached and
on the HKMRFU App. Details below

o   U12 boys and U12 girls playing Richard Hawkes and Kim Lam at HV8 and HV4
respectively. Schedule attached and on the HKMRFU App

o   U5. Regular training at St. Stephen’s at 8.30am

o   Colts boys that are training will be at St. Stephen’s. Timing (I think,
but check with head coaches):

§  9.00 – U13/U14

§  10.30 – U16/U19

2. Watch SocGen Valley vs HKFC on Saturday, Jan 14

After a tough loss last Saturday to Kowloon, the SocGen Valley Prems team
are still top of the table, but only a point separates them from HK
Scottish. This Saturday, Jan 14, both Prems and Knights are playing at HKFC,
so let’s get down to Football Club to support them. Wear red and black and
bring your kids!

·         4.30 – SocGen Valley Prems vs HKFC

·         6.00 – SocGen Valley Knights vs HKFC Scorpions

3. Valley Fort CNY Camp on Feb 2/3 at King’s Park

For those of you who will be in Hong Kong over Chinese New Year, Deano and
his merry band of coaches are putting on another camp, this time to be held
at King’s Park on Thursday/Friday February 2 & 3. The camp will be for U6
though U16 kids. Please bring along non-Valley Fort friends as well. To
encourage more participation, we’ve decided to reduce the cost and to
provide an additional discount for 2nd, 3rd (and 4th for the really
productive parents!) kids. We had 60 kids at the Xmas Camp and feedback was
very positive. So sign up now! Details below and in the attached flyer
(great to see this picture of young Ferg Bland, so tragically affected by a
brain tumour, but now happily at school in the UK).

4. KL tour. Anyone still looking for flights?

I’m assuming that everybody planning to go is already sorted for travel
arrangements. We do still have a few available spaces for U6, U11 and U12,
so if you want to go, please let those head coaches know asap. You will have
to make your own travel arrangements, but can use Rachelle from Sunpac
Travel as a resource .

Hot off the press, HKFC have approached us because they have a few MH flight
packages still available, so if you want to go to KL, you should try to sort
this out today (Friday), or certainly by Monday:  we have a surplus of
around 10 group seats on the Malaysia Airlines departing on the Friday at
8.45am and returning on the Sunday at 7.50pm. The cost of these flights are
$3,100 for adults and $2,900 for kids. Contact Chris Guest on or 6448 7602.

5. Hong Kong Sevens tickets

In the next couple of weeks, we will communicate to all members about the
process for applying for Sevens tickets.

As with previous years, we are expecting it will be even more difficult to
satisfy demand for Sevens tickets. We will be as fair as we can in
allocation Valley Fort’s ticket allocation from the union to our membership,
but we will be short of tickets overall. In order to reduce that deficit,
I’d encourage all of you to try to source tickets from elsewhere. The first
source is the public ballot which is open until February 3. See link below.
I’d therefore request everybody who can to apply for the maximum number of
tickets they want to get (i.e. 2 tickets x 3 days per person). Both parents
and helpers can apply and it’s easy to do, you just need a HKID number (it
took me 5 minutes to do myself, Jennifer and our helper). You may end up
lucky – last year I got 2 x Sat tickets and Jennifer got 2 x Fri tickets –
and if you don’t need them, Valley Fort will buy them off you. So get online
and apply now!
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6. Valley Fort Festival – volunteers

Thanks to those who’ve already signed up. We are hosting the Valley For
Festival at Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Sandy Bay on February 26. We’re very
excited about what we can do at a larger venue than King’s Park, but it will
require parent volunteers to ensure we can easily set up and operate the
venue and run a successful festival. George Von Burg is our Festival
Organiser (thank you!) and has already formed a Festival Committee that has
started the planning process – scheduling, catering, other activities,
sponsor support, logistics, etc. – and which will run the festival on the
day. Head coaches will be in contact nearer the time regarding pitch
marshals from each age group, but we need volunteers for the Festival
Committee. If you’re interested in helping out as a committee member, please
contact George Von Burg on

Don’t forget that festival volunteers will get priority when it comes to
receiving Sevens tickets….

7. Tai Po Festival

This will be a great event. Valley Fort are organizing buses from the south
side. Please be on your best behaviour…

·         Schedule: Please check overall schedules attached and follow
instructions from your head coaches. Summary by age group below:

o   U6 – 8.30 to 11.00 on pitch 2

o   U7 – 8.30 to 11.00 on pitch 1

o   U8 – 12.45 to 5.45 on pitch 3

o   U9 – 8.30 to 12.45 on pitch 3

o   U10 – 11.15 to 5.30 on pitch 2

o   U10 girls – 2.00 to 5.30 on pitch 2

o   U11 – 11.15 to 6.00 on pitch 1

·         Please make sure you are on time and go to where your team coach
requests to meet (i.e. at least 20 minutes before your kids first game, or
when your team coach asks you to be there) and allow for slight chaos in
accessing the fields

·         Kids must wear the following:

o   Mouth guards. No mouth guards, no play

o   No jewelry (or tape over if it can’t be removed)

o   Protective gear must be World Rugby approved

o   No glasses.  For World Rugby approved protective goggles check out:  Once obtained, players should
register via HKRU medical department so that they are
aware and can inform stakeholders accordingly. Contact HKRU medical if you
have any other queries about sports goggles

·         Don’t forget to bring water bottles (refills will be available
from Bonaqua stations around King’s Park) and sunscreen

·         Medals. After their last game, kids will be given medals.
Typically the team coaches will hand out medals to the kids

·         Festival App. This is a really cool development and we hope you
enjoy using it. After a year of development (thanks to HKMRFU sponsor
Accenture and also Guy Green), the HKMRFU have launched the HK Mini Rugby
Festival App. This App reduces the burden when trying to keep track of
multiple players, game times, and schedules on the day of the festival.
Players, parents, coaches and team managers should find the App easy to use
and a great tool to making sure they turn up on time and at the right place
for their games. Please download the App before the festival. Access the App
with your smartphones using the following links:

o   For iTunes AppStore:
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o   For Google PlayStore:

·         I’d like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of
our behavior throughout the festival. We will all be wearing Valley Fort
kit, or looking after kids in Valley Fort kit, and therefore representing
the club. Please adhere to the kids, parents and coaches code of conduct at
all times (it’s on the website if you want to check it ). I do not want to hear any
complaints from the organisers or from other clubs about Valley Fort kids,
parents or coaches. Some thoughts:

o   Just remember that it’s a game. The important thing is to treat
opposition and referees with respect. And to have fun. Winning is a great
boost for the kids, and I’m confident we’ll do well, but I’d rather they
play well, behave well and enjoy themselves and not create a scene

o   RESPECT THE REFEREE at all times. They are volunteers and it’s never an
easy job. I do not want to hear any complaints about VF players, parents or
coaches abusing any referee.

o   Respect the opposition. Applaud their tries as if they were our own

o   Get behind our own teams in a positive way

o   This is really tough to hold back on, but particularly for the
non-contact, too many voices will confuse the kids. The onfield coach should
be the one communicating with the kids, not the parents or other coaches

o   If you have any issues that you want to raise, please do it
constructively with your team’s head coach

o   Please go out of your way to thank Tai Po volunteers – pitch marshals
and anybody else you see wandering around. They are putting a huge amount of
effort into organizing this

o   On the topic of code of conduct, please take a look at this video put
together in New Zealand:   If
you need help in understanding, Deano will translate… Seriously, this is an
excellent reminder as to what is important, and what is expected of you….

·         King’s Park directions:

o   Do not drive. There is NO parking at King’s Park and no parking nearby.
Get dropped off, take a taxi, the MTR or the Valley Fort buses. If you are
being dropped off by car or taxi, do NOT ask them to drive up Wylie Path to
the playing fields. Doing so will cause traffic chaos blocking residents
from accessing their homes and the HKRFU run the risk of not being allowed
to hold similar festivals in future. Best way to travel is:

o   Valley Fort are putting on 5 buses from Redhill Plaza to King’s Park and
back. The bus schedule will be circulated shortly, and timing is coordinated
with match times. Drop off will be on Wylie Road. 5 minutes’ walk up to
King’s Park

o   MTR – Jordan MTR station. 10 minute walk to King’s Park. Exit B2 onto
Jordan Road, keep following road east until you reach junction with
Gascoigne Road (elevated road). Go under bridge and turn right at lights. Go
along Gascoigne Road for 300m to the next lights. Cross the road and turn
left on Wylie Road (King’s Park hockey stadium on your right as you walk up
road). After 100m turn right up Wylie Path. Follow round left hand bend and
continue up the hill. Entrance to playing fields is in front of you. Pitches
on top of hill (pitch 3 on left as you go up, below clubhouse; pitch 1 right
in front of you; pitch 2 is at far end to the left)

o   Taxi – drop off on Wylie Road (at the bottom)

In summary, the festival is all about the kids having fun playing rugby.
Please make sure that they do…

8. ValleyNET Junior Netball Academy

Please see flyer below for netball clinics run by Joline (Henry) Johannson.
While Joline was a world champion and commonwealth games gold medallist with
the Siver Ferns (think All Blacks of netball), she’s better known for being
the better half of Leif Johannson, Valley prems rugby player and U9 pro

ValleyNET Junior Netball Academy

The Academy aims to provide a player pathway for Junior players into Senior
Netball. The key focuses are establishing good movement patterns, developing
strong netball skills  as well as netball specific fitness and techniques,
empowering players confidence, leadership skills and ultimately aiding them
to become the best netballers they can be!

ValleyNET is led by Joline (Henry) Johannson.  Joline comes to Hong Kong
after a very successful career for New Zealand including world champs
success for the Silver Ferns and gold medal at the commonwealth games in

ValleyNET - More Information​

Upcoming ValleyNET Junior Academy Coaching Clinics

·         Sunday 15 January 2017 8:00-11:00 Wong Chuk Hang Sports Centre

·         Sunday 22 January 2017 9:00-12:00 Nord Anglia International School
Hong Kong

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Have a great time and wishing everybody the best of luck!


Oliver Stratton

Chairman, Valley Fort RFC



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