iLite Middlesex Schools Finals
Allianz Park has been home for the last three days to 18 teams from 11 schools across the county competing in the Middlesex Schools Finals. The competition 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.
36 schools entered the competition with more than 90 fixtures played throughout the autumn term, culminating in finals played at the famous Saracens stadium. “The competition is a great way to get more schools interested and playing rugby, and all the boys enjoy playing in the prestigious surroundings of Allianz Park” says competition organiser Kevin Moran.
The finals were sandwiched between a schools U13 Festival which took place at St James’s School on Monday, and an U12 Festival on 2nd December at Staines RFC. All three events were sponsored by iLite from Phoenix Sporting Goods.
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.
New Women’s Competition
The RFU has announced that a new Womens Competition will be launched in September 2017, replacing the current Women’s Premiership.
The new competition is designed to enable England to become the dominant force in international women’s rugby by developing a domestic environment in which players are identified, developed and prepared for international rugby, through the provision of high-quality coaching and support services in clubs, and the maintenance of an intense competition which demands high and consistent levels of performance.
If you are interested in receiving further information about this please email email@example.com by Friday 28 October with name, club and contact details. The RFU will circulate further relevant details then and will invite formal expressions of interest from all interested parties by 11 November. Full application packs will be circulated thereafter to those parties who have completed expression of interest forms. The deadline for application will be 6 January 2017.
Team Middlesex Fixtures
All the fixtures for Team Middlesex squads for the coming 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.
Tom Brownsell was elected as the new president of Middlesex Rugby at the county AGM held at the East India Club on Monday 4th July. Tom has held office as deputy president for the past two years, and prior to that was chairman of the Management Committee.
He takes over from Brian East who has served the county in various roles for many years. Chairman of playing and coaching Bob Lawless becomes the new deputy president, and for the coming season will continue in both roles.
In other changes to the management team, Dr Tim Miller was elected as Honorary Secretary, taking over from Steve Rac who has announced that he will take a year’s sabbatical from county duty to concentrate on other things.
Volunteer appreciation awards
The 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Awards which recognise hard working club volunteers from across the county were presented at an awards evening at London Welsh on Friday 17th June. Voting for this year’s awards was opened up to club members for the first time with more than 1000 votes for the Individual Volunteer nominees, and 500 votes for the Young Volunteer nominees.
Awards were presented in four categories: 30 Year Service award which recognises volunteers who have given thirty years or more service to their clubs; the President’s VII awards which recognise clubs who have performed exceptionally well in one of seven areas of activity chosen by the President; the Individual Awards which recognise outstanding achievements of individual volunteers (one from each geographical group, and one overall winner), and the Young Volunteer of the Year award, which as it’s name suggests, recognises the contribution made by a young volunteer under the age of 23.
The Volunteer Appreciation Awards are the county’s way of recognising the hard work and commitment of our club volunteers without whom our clubs could not function.
Full list of award winners Photos on