One of the earliest mini-rugby Clubs in Hong Kong, the club has its roots in two of Hong Kong’s oldest, most successful and prestigious clubs: Stanley Fort RFC and Valley RFC. Valley Fort RFC was founded in the late 1970’s as a merger between these clubs and was originally known as Stanley Fort Rugby Football Club. The club was based at the British Garrison in Stanley (known as Stanley Fort) which in June 1997 transferred to the PLA. After the handover the club has been allowed to continue training at Stanley Fort PLA Army barracks.
Over the years the club has developed into being one of Hong Kong’s largest and leading mini and youth rugby clubs, with over 750 playing members. We have teams at all age groups from U5s to U19s organized by birth year. We welcome girls and boys, and consider ourselves an inclusive, family club for all ranges of abilities (from both hemispheres)! Our club colours are a combination of red and black, to mirror our Valley elder siblings, and with a flash of green and white to recognise our Stanley Fort heritage. We train at a number of venues, mostly on the Southside of Hong Kong island. These include the PLA Army barracks in Stanley, HKIS in Tai Tam, Aberdeen Sports Ground and in Happy Valley….being nomadic is a part of our culture!
At Minis level (U5 to U12) teams are mixed (boys and girls) until the end of U8 and then we split. Boys have individual U9 to U12 age group teams whilst the girls have combined U9/U10 and U11/U12 teams. We train regularly on Sunday mornings for all Minis age groups and Friday evenings for the U9 to U12 ‘Contact’ age groups. The Minis also take part in up to 10 festivals and tournaments throughout the season. This includes the showcase games at the world-famous Hong Kong Sevens and our own festival in January/February each year, which is attended by over 4,200 players and a further 6,000 supporters. We also organize a club tour each year, and in recent years we have traveled to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Japan.
Following Mini rugby, players progress to Colts level rugby where we are organized into individual U13, U14, U16 and U19 age groups for boys and a combined U13/U14/U16 girls team, again by birth year. We normally field multiple teams per age group and typically train on a Tuesday evening, Thursday evening and Sunday morning / afternoon. Colts Valley Fort RFC players have historically been well represented for National Age Grade (NAG) teams….a testament to the quality of coaching.
We are proud of our close relationship with our elder sibling club, SocGen Valley RFC, and we continue to benefit at both Minis and Colts level from the expertise of over 20 Valley RFC elite professional players including numerous Sevens and XV’s Hong Kong national players. These professional players take a leading coaching role, from U9 upwards, at every training session and are critical to the continued development of the children.
With the exception of the professional players, the club is wholly run by volunteers, who are mostly (though not all), mum’s and dad’s of children playing the game. This means we all contribute to the coaching, refereeing, first-aid and club social events. Like other mini-rugby clubs in Hong Kong, our club depends on the continued good spirit shown by all children and parents who turn up to become a part of the greater Valley Fort community.
At Valley Fort we welcome all children (girls and boys), from all corners of Hong Kong to enjoy the spirit of rugby and learn the principles of the game in a respectful, fun and safe environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment as players, team mates, competitors, spectators, and later in their life, as parents or coaches perpetuating the traditions of rugby.
We aim to ensure that new players gain confidence and increase their contribution to the team. We encourage all players to excel and lead by example on and off the field in the fairest and truest spirit of the game and ask players, parents and coaches to show sportsmanship, a competitive but fair attitude and an honest dedication to the Union’s code of conduct and to the club colours.
It is vital to us that players at every age group build, gather and improve both individual skills and team-work that progress towards the full game in accordance with the HKRFU guidelines. We aspire to have our players succeeding at the highest levels and have an excellent track record of success of club members representing our senior club, SocGen Valley RFC, and also representing Hong Kong at both Sevens and XVs.
We seek out parent coaches who volunteer and share the love of the game who will work enthusiastically to reach these goals. From Under 9’s we have our ‘Pro’ players from SG Valley RFC who, with continued parent coach support, enable the players to reach their full potential.
Finally, we strive to foster a strong collaboration between players, parents and coaches and welcome feedback and participation in all forms.
Play to enjoy rugby, not just to please you parents or coach.
Always try your best to improve your skills and play well.
Play within the rules and laws of the game.
Never argue with referees or coaches – their decision is final, even if you think that they are wrong. Let your coach or your captain ask match officials any questions.
Control your temper – do not ‘mouth off’.
Treat everyone as you yourself would like to be treated. Don’t bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
Rugby is a team game – do your best for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own.
If you lose, accept it with good grace and try harder next time.
Be a good sport. Applaud all good play, whether by your team or your opponents’ team.
Cooperate with your coach, team mates, referee and opponents, for without them you don’t have a game.
Do not force an unwilling child to participate – Young people are involved for their enjoyment, not yours.
Encourage your child to understand and play within the rules.
Teach your child that taking part and trying their best is more important than winning.
Focus your child on practising skills, sportsmanship and being part of a team. Winning isn’t everything and not everyone can score the winning try.
Support and encourage your child – never criticise them for making mistakes. Console them for losing, but encourage them to try harder next time.
Turn defeat into victory by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
Do not publicly question the referee’s judgement and never his/her honesty. There is no place for ‘touchline rage’ in Youth Rugby.
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from Youth Rugby.
Young people learn best by example. Applaud good play by your team and by members of the opposing team.
Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees and administrators. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.
You have the responsibility for your team and supporters – EXERCISE IT!
Remember that young players play for fun and enjoyment. Don’t overload them with technical information and tactics.
Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests and demands on their time.
Ensure that all players get a game. All players need and deserve equal time.
Players develop at different times and in different ways – make allowances for their physical, emotional and mental maturity and development.
Winning isn’t everything – teach your players to enjoy taking part and performing to the best of their ability. Encourage each player to reach his or her potential.
Never abuse, yell, criticise or ridicule children for making mistakes or losing a game.
Remember that young people need a coach that they can respect. Be generous with praise when it is deserved and set a good example.
Teach young players that the laws of the game are mutual agreements that no one should evade or break.
Create opportunities to teach sportsmanship, just as you would in teaching the basic skills.
INSIST ON FAIR PLAY. Do not tolerate foul play, fighting, or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player.
Develop a team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.