Hong Kong getting ready for festival of rugby league

Hong Kong might not be a part of the world which immediately springs to mind when thinking about rugby league, but the island is readying itself for a festival of the sport soon.

The Hong Kong Rugby League (HKRL) was formed in late 2014, and has spent much of 2015 trying to give local people in Hong Kong a taste of the sport.

A series of ‘come and try’ events have taken place, which have generated enough momentum for the festival to be organised.

The event will feature Nines and Mixed Tag tournaments, and takes place at Kings Park in Kowloon on October 21.

The organisers have deliberatly scheduled it to take place during the traditional cultural Chung Yeung Festival, in order to maximise publicity.

Both events scheduled at Kowloon will feature six teams, and places are being filled quickly.

“When we formed the board back in December, our primary goal was always to get the locals playing the sport,” said HKRL chairman James Hall.

“Whilst we had plenty of hurdles to sort out first including registering the business, organising funding, insurance and even finding grounds to train at, everyone involved in the HKRL has been working together to ensure that the upcoming Nines and Mixed Tag Challenge will be as successful as they can be.

“Only two team spots remain for the Nines.  As those who follow us would have seen, the Hunters, Wan Chai Warriors and Coastal Cobras have all confirmed their entry, secured their base squads and their team kits.

“We have also had a fourth team commit, which will be announced in the coming days.

“On the Mixed Tag side, two teams have been locked in, whilst we’ve had plenty of enquiries from a range of social and sporting clubs for the remaining four.

“We are hoping to lock down all the participants and teams soon, however at the same time want to ensure as many people can take part as possible.

“We will also investigate the possibility of a inter-school game being hosted on the day depending on venue availability.

“The HKRL has taken a holistic approach to spreading the code.  From touch, tag, nines and tackle versions of Rugby League, to juniors, schools and open age, we want to make sure there is an offering for anyone who wants to pick up a Steeden and have a go.”

To find out more about the Hong Kong Rugby League should visit their official website at www.hongkongrugbyleague.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hkrugbyleague

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.