Posted: Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
Author: Keir Macintosh
Categories: Club News, Rugby News

Valley Fort Update - 20 Sept 2017


Good afternoon,

I hope that you are having a good week so far.

Topics covered in this email.

  1. Mini Open days, Sun 24th Sep
  2. Colts Rugby
  3. Premiership Super Saturday, 23rd Sep
  4. The Longest Hole
  5. Air Quality
  6. Medical qualified staff


Mini Open days, this Sunday.

We are holding two open days this Sunday (see attached flyers). For those who have attended the previous Girl’s open days will agree that they are fun events that introduce kids to rugby whilst also drawing new players into the Club – and we do want/need more players in ALL age groups. The open days are run in a similar fashion to usual practice sessions but also allow any new kids the chance to participate in some of the more fun games and drills. Please speak to your work colleagues & social networks and spread the word – and get your child to bring their friends. We will have a small prize (per age group) for the child that brings the most new kids to practice. N.B. In the event of a draw the Head Coach will flip a coin to decide the winner.  

Timings –

St Stephens - ALL Girls (including U14G) with a 10am start.

Fort – U9/U10 9.45 start; U7, U8, U11, U12 10.00 start; U5, U6 10.15 start *try to adhere to the timings so we don’t have massive queues at the gate to enter. Remember to bring your ID card or you’ll be stopped from entering the base.


Colts Rugby.

The Colts teams are now getting into their league games but we also need more players in these age groups. If your child, or sibling, or their friends, play any sport for their school get them to consider becoming a club rugby player for Valley Fort. Please be active in your conversations with your kids and get them to ask their mates to come along for a try out. For specific information speak with your Age groups Head Coaches/Managers.


Premiership Super Saturday, 23rd Sep @ Kings Park.

The HKRU are putting on kids and family activities for this Saturday’s Premiership Super Saturday. There are some great games for kids, the chance to win goodies or dinner vouchers as well as tickets to the November International in Twickenham. There will also will be some cracking premiership rugby action with all 6 teams playing from 3pm to 8pm (starting with defending champions SocGen Valley playing USRC Tigers). Our kids are coached by these guys on a weekly basis so we should show them our support.


The Longest Hole.

Adam Rolston, U14 Pro coach and former HK rugby player along with his trusty caddie, Ron Rutland, successfully completed the Longest hole of Golf and putted himself into the Guinness Book of World Records. It was an 80 day, 2000km journey from the base camp of Khuiten Peak – the highest and most western point in Mongolia to the finish at the 18th hole of the Mt Bogd Golf & Country Club in Ulan Bator. It was for a good Charitable cause so take a look at some of the press coverage. Mad dogs and Irish men eh….


Air Quality.

There was a decent amount of discussion about HK air quality last weekend. Firstly I’d say that the HKRU follows LCSD policy – which is to say that they not cancel outdoor activity based on air quality, but they suggest we monitor the local conditions and be prepared to modify training/games if necessary. They also say that the air pollution index varies between districts, so like thunder storm warnings so we should be sensible and make decisions/adjustment based on our training venues surrounding. 

Secondly I’d make the point that the air quality testing stations are all located on the North side of HK island so the closest station (for a Stanley reading) is Chai Wan – i.e. not that helpful.   

If you want info on air quality readings please look at or download the HK AQHI App.

So the message is that it’s up to parents to decide for your own child. If this leaves you scratching your head I’d suggest that you take a look at your child’s school policy and make your personal choice from there. As information I’ve stolen the Kellett school inclement air policy (couldn’t find the ESF one!) which is attached (for our purposes Prep is U5 to U12, Senior Students is Colts).

If/when there is inclement weather in the future can I ask that you let your head coaches know if you decide to keep your child indoors and not attend a match/practice, etc.  


Medical qualified staff

Our club medical man is Tim Durant. We should have one qualified first aider per age group and we are covered in some age groups but in others we need some new volunteers (due to parents relocating). The club will pay for any volunteer to become Level 1 First Aid in Sport qualified. If you want to know more about this please contact Tim directly on    


Have a great week.






Encl: Kellett Inclement air quality policy

          VF Girls Open Day Flyer Amend

          VF Boys Open Day Flyer Amend




Last updated: 23 Sep 2017 02:30