The Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC), as one of the original three clubs that formed the Hong Kong Mini Rugby Union (the others being Valley Fort and Kai Tak), remains at the forefront of mini rugby development in Hong Kong.
Indeed with 750 registered players last season, we are the largest mini rugby club in Hong Kong. This is something the HKFC can be proud of, but it also means we have a responsibility and duty to ensure that this continues, whilst also welcoming and helping other clubs evolve and grow the total number of mini rugby players in Hong Kong.
The key focus of our mini rugby programme is to provide an enjoyable, inclusive and safe environment for the boys and girls to develop a love of the game and team sport. Our training sessions are designed to be fun and engaging, as well as competitive, with children of all abilities welcomed and supported. It is always rewarding as a coach to see children of initially more limited confidence and ability, later grow into very capable players.
We must ensure all children are given the opportunity to flourish, and understand that it is not the winning but spirit of fair play, enjoyment and safety that is paramount. This is the approach we take to the festivals as well. We want to produce as many highly skilled, competitive and well-rounded mini rugby players as we can; win, lose or draw.
All of this, of course, would not be possible without the help of our many volunteers who give up their time to administer, manage and coach the game. Last season we had over 150 volunteer coaches out training our players every Sunday morning. This is a phenomenal number and along with our committee members, they are all applauded. As Chairman it remains a privilege to continue to work alongside them all.
As always we continue to need more support, so I encourage all parents to be involved with their children’s mini rugby experience. This can be through coaching, managing, refereeing, volunteering at tournaments or providing administrative support. Both you and your child will have an even more rewarding mini rugby experience as a result. So put the coffees and newspapers down and get some kit on!
A final important word and very big thank you to all of our sponsors; Natixis, Withers, TAG and this year, new comer FTI Consulting, without whose support, HKFC Mini Rugby would not be the force it is today.
With best regards
Chairman, HKFC Mini Rugby