Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

O2 Rugby Reunion: nice idea... will it work?

England sponsors O2 have launched an interesting idea designed at to bring players back into rugby as part of the Play On campaign. Basically they are running a number of touch rugby tournaments across the country designed to bring players and teams "back together". Its free to enter and there are all sorts of incentives, including free kit, rugby balls, etc. - but what is really clever is that it is mainly based on Facebook. Basically, using the Facebook page you create a team, invite as many friends, and then enter your team into whichever tournaments you wish

There are a few downsides - not the least of which is that the organisers seem to be unaware of where East Anglia is (with no East option, where are we - South East? London? East Midlands?). Also, in keeping with Play On's somewhat inept publicity attempts in the past (who can forget this?) there are again no female faces in any of the promotional material that I have seen, and finally the timing isn't great as the two "local" events (ie. London) are either this weekend or mid September.

So 10/10 to O2 for a great idea, with really innovative use of technology - but 4 for poor timing and a big fat zero for inclusivity. That said I've pressed all the buttons required to set up a Letchworth Girls team, so if anyone is interested you should have had an invite (and if I have missed you let me know) - if enough of you want to run with it then... why not?

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