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Club kit

At Valley Fort we issue a new kit at the start every season to reflect our sponsors. Kit includes shirt, shorts, socks and a mouth guard (mouth guard for new players only). Other Valley Fort merchandise is available to buy at training, Valley Club Days and the Valley Fort Festival.

For the 2019/20 season all kit has been pre ordered by the club for all age groups. Fittings will be coordinated at the first few weeks of training by your Head Coaches. Colts players should  be able to take kit straight away once fitted. For Mini’s there will be a name printing service available for a small fee which we would encourage you to use. The printers will collect the top from training, and deliver it back a week later.

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Weather

Training will always be on unless a:

  • Typhoon signal 3 or above is hoisted
  • Red or black rain storm warning is in effect
  • Thunderstorm warning is in effect
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Health and safety

The health and safety of our players is paramount at Valley Fort. One of the key elements of support we need is a roster of medical professionals who can support the club. Please do let us know at info@valleyfort.com if you have medical training and are willing to provide support at training, tournaments or games should the need arise.

The club does also organise first-aid classes. If you are interested in signing up for one of these classes then please email us at info@valleyfort.com.

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Mouth guards

All players should wear mouth guards. Players in the older age groups playing contact rugby will not be allowed to participate without a mouth guard. If your child complains it is essential that you as a parent are firm. Explain the reasons and insist on their use. Children adapt and get used to wearing a mouth guard very quickly. To improve safety in age groups we issue all newly registered children with a mouthguard which provides better moulding to the teeth, the Signature Type 3 mouthguard. This mouthguard is manufactured by Signature Mouthguards www.signature-mouthguards.com. Please see the fitting instructions below or consult the Signature Mouthguard website and follow the instructions carefully. These are “Warm and Fit” NOT “Boil and Bite” as using boiling water risks losing shape and strength. Please note that this mouthguard is NOT SUITABLE for children with braces and/or orthodontic bands. Please consult your dentist for the appropriate protection.

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Footwear

All players should wear rugby boots with moulded rubber studs or non – metal bladed studs. Boots with metal studs are NOT allowed and are banned by HKMRFU. Children in the younger children may prefer training shoes which is allowed.

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Hydration

For much of the year Hong Kong is hot and humid. Exercise in this environment requires a significant intake of fluid and players must be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids. Hydration not only makes an individual feel better, it also improves athletic performance and reduces the risk of injury. Coaches will allow for ample water breaks and players should also drink water prior to training.

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Sunscreen

Even on overcast days the sun in Hong Kong is incredibly strong. Use plenty of sun screen and keep children out of direct sunlight and in the shade when possible during breaks. For the younger age groups we also encourage players to wear baseball/sports caps.

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Injury risk

Rugby in older age groups is a contact sport. There is always a small risk of injury. Fortunately the vast majority of injuries are minor scratches, cuts and abrasions. It is important that all wounds are treated with respect. They should be thoroughly cleaned with salt water or antiseptic solution. The risk of more serious injuries is a concern to all parents. The risk of injury is less when children learn the skills in a structured way. They must learn to tackle and be tackled in a safe environment. We strive to avoid physical mismatch and strictly enforce age restrictions. Skills are taught only when the children are physically and mentally ready. Please do not push your child or the coaches to accelerate this process. In order to minimize the risks of injury it is important that children should maintain a good level of physical fitness. Studies in sports medicine have demonstrated that a child or adult who is physically fit and healthy is significantly less likely to be either ill or injured than an unfit person in the same position. Giving children an appreciation and enjoyment of sport and physical exercise is a significant step in encouraging a healthy lifestyle in later life.

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Benefits of exercise

Exercise is essential for a growing child. Children who take regular exercise are physically healthier and rugby is a fantastic way to get this exercise. As well as the physical benefits we aim to provide an environment in which children can learn and advance their social development playing in a safe, sporting, team environment.

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Club communications

For the 2019/20 season we are moving to using the Valley Fort App for the majority of our communications from Head Coaches on training, festival and game logistics. The App can be downloaded by searching on ‘Valley Fort’ in your App Store or clicking on the appropriate Apple or Android links below:

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Buses

The club will often organize buses to and from festivals. Please look out for messages from your Head Coaches or the Chairman for details.