Posted: Thursday, Mar 09, 2017
Author: Olly Stratton
Categories: Club News, Rugby News, VF Camp

Valley Fort Chairman's update - March 12

Valley Fort parents,

This week I have some important things to cover on Sevens tickets (you
should all have received an email on Tuesday, and the deadline for
applications is next Monday, March 13), Valley Fort end of season party,
arrangements for Grand Finals on Saturday and training this week. Plus a
bunch of upcoming events (many repeats from last week). Before moving on,
just a reminder that this weekend sees the 4th round of the Six Nations
championship in Europe. I should have mentioned 2 weeks ago, but as England
take on the Auld Enemy Scotland, in their attempt to match the All Blacks’
record of 18 consecutive Tier 1 wins, the opposition captain is John
Barclay, who started his career learning his rugby at Valley Fort. Wow!!
Don’t forget if you want to watch France, and maybe this is the weekend they
can sneak a win (against Italy), you can watch live and with French
commentary on TV5MONDE (nowTV channel 714). Oh la la! Also, it’s not too
late to sign up for the Valley Fort ESPN Fantasy League – if you sign up and
pick a half decent squad this weekend you still have a good chance of
overtaking the Marburians who are languishing at the bottom of the table.
Sign up using the link and the Valley Fort League password: 1303858-43923. Now read

1.       Training Schedule

2.       Support Valley RFC in Grand Finals at King’s Park, Saturday, March 11

3.       Sevens tickets

4.       Save the Date! Valley Fort end of Season Party, Saturday, May 6

5.       Valley Fort photos – send them in and check them out…

6.       Sponsors – interest for next season

7.       Upcoming event (some repeats from last week…)

a.       Rugby Tots launch event at Victoria Park, Saturday, March 11

b.      HKFC Festival on Sunday, March 19

c.       Macau mini Mini Festival on Saturday, March 25

d.      Pyrenees 7 (P7) Dinner on April 4

e.      French Beach Clean-up Operation on March 25

f.        Soap Cycling – April 13 to 17

g.       Valley Fort Easter Rugby Camp – Thu/Fri April 13 & 14

1. Training Schedule

Friday, March 10. Regular HKIS training 6.30 to 8pm for U9 through U12. Bus
details have been circulated. Please remember that kids need to be
accompanied on the bus (if you or your helper can’t make it, please ask
somebody to be responsible for your kid)

Sunday, March 12

·         At Stanley Fort. Plan for delays in entering the Fort as there
will be a security check. While you’re at the Fort, go visit the Clubhouse
where Chez Patrick will be serving coffee, pastries and more. Jessie will
have all our latest merchandise which is well worth checking out.

o   9.45 to 11.30: U9, U10

o   10.00 to 11.30: U7, U8

o   10.15 to 11.30: U5, U6

·         At St. Stephen’s. There is no parking at St. Stephen’s

o   9.00 to 10.30: U11

o   10.15 to 12.00: U12

o   10.15 to 12.00: U10G, U12G (joint training and matches with Kellett
School girls)

Don’t forget to bring mouth guards, plenty of water, sunscreen and plenty of

Colts, please look out for messages from your head coaches.

Please note that next Friday, March 17, there will be no HKIS training
because of a school softball tournament.

2. Support Valley RFC in Grand Finals at King’s Park, Saturday, March 11

We have 3 teams – Knights, Black Ladies and Prems – playing in Grand
Championship finals at King’s Park this Saturday, March 11, and they need
your support, both in person and through messages to the teams (your kids’
homework – see below). Where red and black. Kids in Valley Fort kit. We’re
expecting for U10G/U12G and U9/U10 boys to be running on to the pitch with
our women’s and men’s teams respectively. I look forward to seeing you

·         2.45 – Knights vs HKFC Dragons

·         4.30 – Black Ladies vs Gai Wu

·         6.30 – SocGen Valley vs Kowloon for the premiership final

There will be 2 Valley Fort buses, one to arrive around 4pm for the Women’s
final and the other to arrive around 6pm for the Men’s final. Both buses
will depart King’s Park around 8.45pm (time for some post-match photos) and
return to the south side. See details below.

A quick request. There’s nothing better for the players than receiving
motivational and good luck messages before a big game. It can provide a much
bigger lift than any words from a coach. So let’s do our part, and here’s
some homework for your kids:

Take a sheet of paper and create a message for the Valley RFC teams
competing in the final (Knights, Black Ladies, Prems). It could be a
picture, or words, or a combination. It could be to a specific team, more
general, or to your favourite player or coach. Be creative, inspire our
Valley teams to win their finals on Saturday. Scan/photo and send to Deano
and Nick.

Please send messages to Deano and Nick and they will print them out and display them in
the changing rooms before the various games.

Bus times to/from King’s Park

Valley Fort RFC – Bus 1

3:00pm Redhill Plaza on Pak Pat Shan Road (outside steps entrance to
Woodlands Montessori)

3:03pm The Manhattan Taxi rank

3:05pm Stanley Plaza

3:08pm Chung Hom Kok - Wellcome

3:10pm Headland Road - Public Bus Stop

3:14pm The Lily

3:15pm No.101 Repulse Bay Road (no.6 bus stop)

3:20pm HK Cricket Club - opposite Public Bus stop

To King’s Park

Valley Fort RFC – Bus 2

5:00pm Redhill Plaza on Pak Pat Shan Road (outside steps entrance to
Woodlands Montessori)

5:03pm The Manhattan Taxi rank

5:05pm Stanley Plaza

5:08pm Chung Hom Kok - Wellcome

5:10pm Headland Road - Public Bus Stop

5:14pm The Lily

5:15pm No.101 Repulse Bay Road (no.6 bus stop)

5:20pm HK Cricket Clu

To King’s Park

8:45pm Two buses leaving King's Park and will stop the above bus points.

3. Sevens tickets

You should all have received an email regarding Sevens tickets with a link
to a Google doc for entering your ticket applications.
<>   Details are copied at the bottom of
this email. Please send in your applications by the end of Monday, March 13.
If you have any questions, please email
<> We
are responding to questions within 24 hours… Also, we will send out a
summary of draft ticket allocations by March 17 and you will be asked to
confirm your allocation, and if tickets are still available, have the
opportunity to request more. Collection details to follow.

Given common questions received to date, a couple of follow up points:

·         U13 not included as a check box in the form. Please check U14

·         For U5 and U6, there are no check boxes, but I’d encourage you to
apply and hope that we can provide you some tickets, particularly to all
coaches. We will try to accommodate demand through special requests. So
please go into form and enter parent name, click on “parent”, enter your
parent ticket request in order to go through to “special request” page where
you can enter “U5 parent” and the your ticket request

4. Save the Date! Valley Fort end of Season Party, Saturday, May 6

We’ll be circulating an email very shortly, but as mentioned before we have
an exciting celebration panned for Saturday, May 6 at Mr and Mrs Fox, a
Swire Properties restaurant in Quarry Bay. Mark your calendars, start
planning your costumes (“V is for Valley Fort”) and start getting in the

5. Valley Fort photos

It’s always good to share the best photos of our rugby events so please do
your part and send good photos to Jessie on  This
should include photos from the KL tour and last weeks’ Valley Fort Festival.
Please send to Jessie and indicate which age group (or “general” for photos
with the broader group). I’ve sent in my photos from KL, many of them for
U11, but also other age groups and general (hotel pool). Check them out on
the website or click on links below:

Please note that all the photos from our Festival taken by the professional
photographers will be circulated shortly. Simon Anam is just checking them
first, airbrushing his features and elevating himself by a foot so that he
can be seen….

6. Sponsors

We really appreciate all of our sponsors and the support they’ve provided
through the season – Societe Generale, CapGemini, Mayer Brown JSM, TV5MONDE,
Swire Properties, Chez Patrick and MergerMarket and also Swire Properties,
Marriott Rewards and Ogilvy for our Festival. If any of you parents would
like your company to get more involved with Valley Fort/Valley RFC (think
about the value proposition: “successful mini club with 800 kids and
excellent demographic of parents; visibility with 4,000 kids and parents at
festival; senior rugby section with last 4 Grand Championships, hopefully
this one too; netball and hockey too; association with other high profile “A
tier” brands”), then please contact Olly or Simon to discuss opportunities for next season.

7. Upcoming Stuff

Quite a few things here, some Valley Fort things and some interesting events
that have been brought to us by some coaches and parents.

a.       Rugby Tots. Many of the younger kids tried out the Rugby Tots fun
and games during our recent Festival. They made a video of the day with the
footage they took.   They are
having a launch class on Saturday, March 11 at Victoria Park for children
aged 4-7 and have invited Valley Fort kids to join for free. Spots are
limited but if any parents would like their children to try out that would
be wonderful. Just email to secure a free spot.  Rugby Tots
is uniquely different to a traditional rugby club programme as the focus is
on their individual skill development and fun compared to team performance
in a game for their rugby team. The two programmes go alongside each other
perfectly. "The world's favourite rugby play programme"
<>  Their social media links are
facebook  instagram  youtube


b.      HKFC festival – March 19. Final schedules are attached. The outline
is as follows with most age groups playing in the morning (except U10, U12,

·         Hockey  9-12 PM U6  12-12.30 U5

·         Main     9-12 PM U7  12.40-7.25 U12

·         HV3     10-12.15 PM U10G 12.30-5.10 U10

·         HV4      8.30-12:45 PM U9

·         HV5      9-12.45 PM U8

·         HV8      8.30-2.10 PM U11 3-5.50 U12G

c.       Macau festival – March 25. We’ve been invited to participate in a
small festival in Macau. One team each for U6, U7, U8, U9, U11 (no U10
unfortunately as Macau Bats have no U10 team). Games played from around
10.30 to 2.30. Priority given to kids who did not tour to KL. Please contact
your head coach if interested

d.      Pyrenees 7 (P7) Dinner on April 4. Eric Lorin, Olivier Arzel, Andre
Marzloff and Thierry Barot are organising a fun rugby lovers dinner for the
P7 at HKFC on April 4 with the objective of helping to finance the P7 who
are competing in the GFI 10’s tournament on April 5 and 6. Players attending
the dinner will include two former French internationals, Imanol
HARINORDOQUY and Damien TRAILLE (Eric, maybe they will no longer be “former”
– France look as though they need some help in the Six Nations!). There will
be speeches from the two VIP guests, and lots of gifts (shirts, rugby balls,
food tickets for 10’s and 7’s …) with their Pyrenees 7's tombola and some
exclusive auction prizes. Imanol and Damien will also run a kids training
session that afternoon. Details to follow. Prices range from HKD680 for
individual seat, HKD8,160 for “rugby lover” table up to HKD18,000 for VIP
GOLD table. Please email before March 20  to book your

e.      French Beach Clean-up Operation on March 25. More on the French
theme, with this one from Fred Laine. An initiative to clean HK's beach on
March 25. It is open to anyone (even non-French). Le mail est en Francais….
and I won’t make any effort to translate into Australian. It seems like a
good thing to do, and is a good way to keep your minds off the Six Nations…

·         Si tu peux monter une équipe Rugby, ce serait top, on a besoin de
jeunes motives pour aller dans les coins un peu plus compliques d’accès…
Ouvert a tous, francais ou pas..  Il est peu probable que vous n’ayez pas
encore entendu parler de l’operation “ Sous les déchets la Plage” ;-), que
nous organisons avec le soutien du Consulat et du Gouvernement de Hong-Kong.
Si vous savez deja que vous allez venir, pensez a vous inscrire des que
possible, cela nous facilite la tache pour l’organisation ( repartition des
effectifs sur les plages, sacs , gants et balances, informations a
communiquer aux autorités etc…)

·         Si vous ne savez pas encore, ou n’avez pas encore entendu du
projet, voici quelques liens pour vous convaincre:  and

·         Au dela du nettoyage de plage, le but des 350 volontaires deja
inscrits est de montrer leur preoccupation a l’égard de la pollution
plastique, et prouver que tous nos petits gestes mis en commun peuvent avoir
un reel impact sur notre environnement. La planète, ce sont nos enfants qui
vont en hériter, prenons en soin !!!

f.        Soap Cycling – April 13 to 17. Keeping up with the French theme,
Amelie Seure has a friend organising this trip and thought it might be of
interest for some VF families. Soap cycling is a non-profit organisation,
they recycle soaps and distribute them in remote areas. Please see attached

g.       Valley Fort Easter Rugby Camp – Thu/Fri April 13 & 14. If
interested, please sign up through Jessie on

All the best,

Oliver Stratton

Chairman, Valley Fort RFC

Tel:  +852 9026 0520















Last updated: 10 Mar 2017 00:31