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#21 brooza

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

Should you be posting that on an open forum?

Taken from the Madrid RL contact page,

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:08 PM

Taken from the Madrid RL contact page,

http://www.madridrug...e.com/contacto/

Fair enough


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#23 DlEHARD

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 07:00 AM

From the very first post I flagged that I was conscious of doing things appropriately and having a dual approach of ex pats and Hong Kong locals. 

 

If you think it is beneficial for our sport to be non existent in one of the world's financial hubs you are wrong. To gain prestige and influence we need to be representative in places such as Hong Kong. 

 

Being so close to other Asian nations puts us in a position to be able to help these developing RL nations as well. You should not think simply in national sides (Although an authentic national side is the goal), but there are other ways to tour. 9s competitions and clubs. Japan is struggling and is also very close. Not to mention the benefits of attracting multi national sponsors.

 

There are alot of rugby league lovers here and former players. A lot of them really want a social outlet and have money. It makes perfect sense to harness these people to help with what would be a massive task ahead. To power a true development operation, we need passion and experience in the game. There could also be some amazing connections and links out there just waiting to be discovered in the expat community. It is a dual approach. Proper development is not out of the question, it's on the radar. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface and I have had a school suggest that I teach kids rugby league.

 

At the end of the day the quest to grow Rugby League is about participation, it isn't about racing for dots on a map. Developing a sport is not easy and first you need to rally the troops.

 

Please if you are going ###### on people who are having a go, do it elsewhere. Rugby League has had enough of that in its history and we have suffered for it.



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:24 AM

From the very first post I flagged that I was conscious of doing things appropriately and having a dual approach of ex pats and Hong Kong locals. 

 

If you think it is beneficial for our sport to be non existent in one of the world's financial hubs you are wrong. To gain prestige and influence we need to be representative in places such as Hong Kong. 

 

Being so close to other Asian nations puts us in a position to be able to help these developing RL nations as well. You should not think simply in national sides (Although an authentic national side is the goal), but there are other ways to tour. 9s competitions and clubs. Japan is struggling and is also very close. Not to mention the benefits of attracting multi national sponsors.

 

There are alot of rugby league lovers here and former players. A lot of them really want a social outlet and have money. It makes perfect sense to harness these people to help with what would be a massive task ahead. To power a true development operation, we need passion and experience in the game. There could also be some amazing connections and links out there just waiting to be discovered in the expat community. It is a dual approach. Proper development is not out of the question, it's on the radar. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface and I have had a school suggest that I teach kids rugby league.

 

At the end of the day the quest to grow Rugby League is about participation, it isn't about racing for dots on a map. Developing a sport is not easy and first you need to rally the troops.

 

Please if you are going ###### on people who are having a go, do it elsewhere. Rugby League has had enough of that in its history and we have suffered for it.

 

The trolling post(s) that prompted this response from Diehard have been removed, but I'm leaving this response as it is, as it makes many valid points on the subject under discussion, even though the tone of it feels a bit odd now it is somewhat out of context. Just thought it worth adding this comment to clarify that, rather than remove this whole post as well.

 

Back to the discussion...


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#25 Yakstorm

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:36 AM

HK Touch appears to be part of the HKRFU, so I'm not sure how co-operative they are going to be about helping out League, still always an opportunity to reach out I guess...they technically are part of the Federation of International Touch, which means they would be playing under League rules, so if nothing else, they will have players who may associate with League.

 

Anyway keep up the good work Diehard! Remember they said places like Lebanon, Canada and Jamaica would never take up the code, yet look at them now...


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#26 Futtocks

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 01:22 PM

HK Touch appears to be part of the HKRFU, so I'm not sure how co-operative they are going to be about helping out League, still always an opportunity to reach out I guess...they technically are part of the Federation of International Touch, which means they would be playing under League rules, so if nothing else, they will have players who may associate with League.

 

Anyway keep up the good work Diehard! Remember they said places like Lebanon, Canada and Jamaica would never take up the code, yet look at them now...

I'm sure there are RL fans involved in HK Touch because there's no RL alternative and they want an oval ball fix and a bit of fun. Maybe not a lot of people, but I'd bet there are some, and some of those may be useful connections.


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#27 DlEHARD

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:41 AM

The trolling post(s) that prompted this response from Diehard have been removed, but I'm leaving this response as it is, as it makes many valid points on the subject under discussion, even though the tone of it feels a bit odd now it is somewhat out of context. Just thought it worth adding this comment to clarify that, rather than remove this whole post as well.

 

Back to the discussion...

Thanks for the quality moderation. I'm well advised by the collective internationalists here.



#28 DlEHARD

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 01:07 PM

This Saturday we are organising a meet up to coincide with the Four Nations in Hong Kong.

 

Event info is here: CLICK HERE

 

We have had some great offers of support from many talented people. So it is exciting.

 

We are looking forward to enjoying some Rugby League among fellow lovers of the great sport.



#29 DlEHARD

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 11:04 AM

Meet up was a great success. Got to meet some passionate RL supporters who I have been corresponding with and now we can move forward together.

 

We will have events every week during the Four Nations. And afterwards have a more formal meeting about HKRL.

 

It was a lot of fun and it was great to meet fantastic lovers of the game. There are a lot of skills and experience we can draw on and I am sure there are more people we can recruit.



#30 Futtocks

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:46 PM

Great stuff - keep us posted!


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#31 DlEHARD

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 04:08 PM

We have some keen Internationalists. At least two people in the group were at the World Cup Finals. And we have some people interested in playing.


Edited by DlEHARD, 26 October 2014 - 04:08 PM.


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:02 AM

Once again the HKRL crew will be meeting at Delaneys Wan Chai at 3.30 to watch the Final.

 

All welcome. Be part of the team and the road ahead.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 02:45 AM

So we had a fantastic meeting, full of brand new RL fans (To HKRL group) and keen internationalists.

We had many people wearing Kangaroos and Kiwis jerseys.

Lots of ideas. Lots of experience and skills. Including members of current RU clubs and former RL players.

We also agreed to start a touch footy team in a couple of weeks. We will call it the 13s, just so people know that we are the Rugby League guys.


Edited by DlEHARD, 16 November 2014 - 02:46 AM.


#34 DlEHARD

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 05:50 AM

HONG KONG RUGBY LEAGUE ESTABLISHED

 

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Rugby League’s continued push into Asia took a significant step forward this week with the formation of the Hong Kong Rugby League.

Joining the likes of Thailand, Japan and the Philippines, the Hong KongRugby League has been established to promote the growth and interest in all forms of the code in Hong Kong.

At the inaugural Annual General Meeting held on Saturday the 6th of December 2014 the first Hong Kong Rugby League board was established.

The inaugural Hong Kong Rugby League board consists of:

Chairman: James Hall
Secretary: Ray Meli
Treasurer: Ian Molyneux
Board Member: Brad Newman
Board Member: Jason Fairleigh
Board Member: Jack Muir
Board Member: Malcolm Pratt 
Board Member: Daniel Mascord

In early 2015 the HKRL board will work hard to establish Rugby League by organising a wide ranging fixture list which will include international matches with the Hong Kong Thunder as well as local representative, domestic, junior, school and touch football. 

"We are very excited as a group about giving Rugby League a presence here in Hong Kong. We have put together a board of talented and most importantly enthusiastic people who can push the sport forward in Hong Kong." said inaugural HKRL Chairman James Hall.

"Our hopes for the future are high with regards to getting both adults and juniors playing Rugby League in and for this exciting country. Looking further down the road we can see Hong Kong, with it's geographical positioning, being a venue of great interest to the global Rugby League community."

"If you have any interest in playing, supporting or volunteering then please get in touch as we have some exciting plans in place for 2015."

The Hong Kong Rugby League is honoured to be the custodians of the great game in Hong Kong and will use their passion and experience to take Rugby League to great heights in Hong Kong and internationally, especially with our Asian neighbours.

Further announcements about the Hong Kong Rugby League will be made in the coming weeks.

To find out more or to get involved, please visit the website at www.hongkongrugbyleague.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hkrugbyleague or email on info@hongkongrugbyleague.com


Edited by DlEHARD, 14 December 2014 - 05:51 AM.


#35 Bob8

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 08:14 PM

Wonderful news. 

 

Having been at the founding of similar initiatives I hae a few bits of advice that you are welcome to ignore.

 

Be bold, you have nothing to lose.

 

The exceptions here are be careful, not vain with finances, and keep your word.


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#36 kiwis 13 6

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 08:10 AM

Good luck to you all the best, I think touch rugby league in schools would be the way to introduce locals to the sport  



#37 Bob8

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 10:35 AM

Good luck to you all the best, I think touch rugby league in schools would be the way to introduce locals to the sport  

It all depends on the infastructure.  We found that we were able to get rugby league into schools fairly easily.  But what then?  The occasional lesson is great, but people have jobs.  Even if you have a PE teacher at a school, it is hard work to get a competition going. 

 

It is often best to start with seniors, not least as they will become volunteers with time.  That said, if mothers are released, it is an uncontrollable but powerful force.


"You clearly have never met Bob8 then, he's like a veritable Bryan Ferry of RL." - Johnoco 19 Jul 2014

”I am all for expansion but not to start and string the teams all over the place” – stewpot01 – 11 July 2014

"2013 is on course to be one of the most disastrous in its history." - Creditwhereitsdews - 2nd January 2013


#38 EdinburghExile

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 01:16 PM

It all depends on the infastructure.  We found that we were able to get rugby league into schools fairly easily.  But what then?  The occasional lesson is great, but people have jobs.  Even if you have a PE teacher at a school, it is hard work to get a competition going. 

 

It is often best to start with seniors, not least as they will become volunteers with time.  That said, if mothers are released, it is an uncontrollable but powerful force.

University teams, if established can provide a steady source of players for external senior teams. Easier than working with schools, where the investment needs to be widespread and across years to produce results.



#39 DlEHARD

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 07:36 AM

University teams, if established can provide a steady source of players for external senior teams. Easier than working with schools, where the investment needs to be widespread and across years to produce results.

 

University is one area we haven't given a lot of thought to, yet.

 

Good luck to you all the best, I think touch rugby league in schools would be the way to introduce locals to the sport  

 

We have already had some great interest from schools here and there are a lot of Rugby League lovers who are teachers, myself included. Stay tuned.

 

Wonderful news. 

 

Having been at the founding of similar initiatives I hae a few bits of advice that you are welcome to ignore.

 

Be bold, you have nothing to lose.

 

The exceptions here are be careful, not vain with finances, and keep your word.

 

Thank you, wise advice. We have some quality people involved and we are taking a very methodical approach. Many have a lot of experience in Rugby League.

 

We think we have plenty of natural advantages in Hong Kong.



#40 kiwis 13 6

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:30 PM

i taught English in south Korea for a year at a junior high school could most probably have introduced touch rugby to students at my school if i had have stayed another year any form of full contact rugby league would have been almost impossible to intoduce! would have been English sport / language lesson/ with pe teachers involvement.i remember the deputy principal at my school was concerned student would get injured i explained that touch rugby didnt involve tackling an included male and female players i dont think he totally realised what i was talking about but certain that if i convinced him it was safer than soccer school would have allowed touch rugby league...

 

while in Korea in 2008 i got back into touch rugby in a big way and many of the expat people who were involved in touch were former league players from nz / oz / uk,. after playing touch on one occasion a mainly expat side union side the Seoul survivors was training at the same ground and they had a game of league as a part of practice so i joined in... 


Edited by kiwis 13 6, 17 December 2014 - 06:37 PM.





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