Hurry, hurry, hurry!
The Middlesex 7s Festival has announced an early bird offer for clubs and teams entering the competition by 11th January 2018. The organisers are offering 20% off the normal entry price, and promise that this season’s competition will be bigger and better than ever!
Find out more at: www.middlesex7s.com
Middlesex Schools Finals at Allianz Park
Allianz Park has been home for three days to teams from schools across the county for the Middlesex Schools Finals.
For the fifth year, the famous Saracens’ stadium hosted 18 teams from 11 schools competing in Finals, sponsored by iLites. The competition, which took place on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th November, and Friday 1st December, comprises U14, U15, U16 and U18 age groups with the more traditional rugby schools competing for the Cup whilst those newer to the game play in the Plate competition.
We would like to thank iLites from Phoenix Sporting Goods for supporting this event.
Do you have what it takes to be at the forefront of discipline in the County?
Middlesex Rugby is looking for a Disciplinary Secretary to lead the disciplinary panel and sit on the county’s Governance Committee. This is an important and prominent role with wide ranging scope.
The role will commence in February 2018, with the first six months spent shadowing the current post holder before formally taking responsibility in July.
Haringey’s heroic volunteer
De’Shaun Elliot has been named one of four Mitsubishi Motors Volunteers of the Year for the dedication he has shown over the last seven years to introducing rugby to hundreds of young people in Haringey.
De’Shaun has previously been a recipient of a Middlesex Young Volunteer of the Year Award and is doing remarkable work as a coach for Haringey and the local community.
He coaches three sessions every day of the week and spends his evenings working as a barman to give him the income he needs to carry on volunteering. He also supports the Haringey Development Trust to deliver sport for children and is the Rhinos’ O2 Touch operator.
Team Middlesex Fixtures
All the fixtures for Team Middlesex squads for the 2012 – 2018 season can be found at Team Middlesex Fixtures & Results. These may be subject to change as the season progresses, so please keep an eye on the table for up to date information, results and match reports.
Global law changes
World Rugby announced last week that six law amendments will be applied to all games at all levels in England from this August. The change follows the completion of positive trials in specific international competitions earlier this year and the amendments will be included in the Global Law Trials (GLT) from August 1st.
More information and details of the amendments…
Age Grade Rugby
Middlesex Rugby has published two comprehensive documents outlining the new age grade rugby guidelines, and dates for minis and U12 festivals are now available. Please ensure you are familiar with the age grade rugby guidelines, and that if you wish to enter teams in either mini or U12 festivals, that you have provided the relevant information to Minis Chairman Waheed Aslam by the end of September.
Find the course that’s right for you
Did you know: the RFU runs a range of training courses which put player welfare at the heart of the game, whether your a coach, welfare officer or match officiator. Download the prospectus to see which course will help you progress within the game.
And the winners are…
The Middlesex Rugby Volunteers Awards were presented on Friday evening at a glittering awards ceremony at Twickenham Stadium, in combination with the RFU Mitsubishi Awards.
Seven clubs were awarded a President’s VII award, whilst four individual volunteers (one from each Group) were recognised for their contribution to their clubs over the last season, along with an overall individual award winner. A presentation was also made to the Young Volunteer of the Year.
Merit Table Cup Winners
The finals of the Middlesex Merit Table Cup, Bowl and Vase competitions were played at Chiswick on Saturday 1st April.
Bank of England 2nds beat Hayes Baa Baas 43-14 in the Vase final and London Scottish Extra Bs held out for a narrow victory over Old Streetonian 3rds in the Bowl final, winning by a single point 34-33. Meanwhile in the Cup final, Hampstead 2nds had an easier win over HAC 3rds 62-34.
Middlesex Group Chairman Michael Searls was on hand at Dukes Meadows to hand out the winning trophies, the culmination of the knock-out competition which started in September and has been played over five rounds.
The MMT Vase Competition is open to all teams playing in either MMT 5 or 6, the MMT Bowl for teams who play in either MMT 3 or 4 and the the MMT Cup for teams that play in either MMT1 or 2.
The finals of the Middlesex Merit Table league will be played at Twickenham RFC on Saturday 4th April. Read more…
Middlesex Rugby welcomes
Phoenix Sporting Goods
Middlesex Rugby has announced that Phoenix Sporting Goods has become its latest partner and sponsor. Phoenix will be sponsoring three major Middlesex competitions, the Middlesex Schools Finals which have just taken place at Allianz Park, The Griffin Cup ladies competition finals at Twyford Avenue on 22nd April and the Middlesex 7s Festival at Richmond Athletic Ground on Sunday 30th April.
The company’s portable floodlights for training use, iLites, have been tested by Middlesex Rugby’s director of playing Bob Lawless and endorsed for their suitability, flexibility, ease of use and portability. “We are delighted to welcome Phoenix Sporting Goods as a Middlesex Rugby sponsor” says Lawless. “Having put their iLites through their paces, we are more than happy to recommend them to our member clubs.”
Lee Crocker, Phoenix’s managing director, commented, “We are delighted to be associated with Middlesex Rugby and are looking forward to supporting some of their major competitions in the coming season”.
Phoenix Sporting Goods was formed in May 2015 to develop and distribute equipment to grass roots rugby, football and cricket clubs in the UK and overseas. The company’s aim is to ensure that all products are about quality, strength and performance and aid the development of athletes and their coaches by assisting in the development of their skills.
For more information about iLites, check out their online brochure.
Friends of Middlesex Rugby
The new Friends of Middlesex Rugby membership scheme has now gone live.
The Friends of Middlesex scheme aims to help raise funds to support grassroots rugby across the county and to help its representative squads develop their skills further through quality player development programmes.
Together with its partners at Middlesex County Cricket Club, Middlesex Rugby has put together a comprehensive range of privileges for Friends of Middlesex Rugby to help them support sport in Middlesex, including the right to apply for international rugby tickets, substantial discount on MCCC membership, discounted ticket prices for selected Premiership and Championship matches and VIP invitations to county matches and Middlesex Club 7s.
The scheme is endorsed by Jason Leonard, the most recent past president of the RFU, who has played most of his first class rugby for Middlesex clubs and is now president of Hammersmith & Fulham, who has become it’s first official Friend.
“There are some great benefits,” says Leonard, “not least of which is the knowledge that as Friends, we’re supporting sport across the county and helping young people achieve their sporting dreams. I’ve already joined, and I would urge you to do the same.”
Membership costs just £50 and represents a great return on your investment. Find out more about some of the fantastic benefits of being a Friend of Middlesex Rugby, or to join Jason Leonard as a member, simply complete the application form and start enjoying the benefits.
Middlesex Development Team CRCs
Listen to the latest Podcast from the Middlesex Development Team to hear community rugby coaches Jack Pattinson and Tom Redfern chatting to RDO Ty Sterry about their roles within Middlesex, and some of the great initiatives they’re involved with.