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Shaun Rooke

Today in a service at St Marylebone Chapel, Finchley we said goodbye to John Young. John was born on 20th May 1971 in Hertfordshire and after briefly moving to the north east to study, he returned to London and his main interest of rugby led him to Hackney rugby club. It wasn't plain sailing however, after the clubhouse burnt down in 1999, John's tenure as first team captain saw the player numbers hover around the magical number of the bare 15 for a while. It would take a captain who was a great player, committed to the cause and above all a friendly persuader who could retain the delirious few who turned up and grow it into more to keep the ship afloat. A colossus who led by example on the field but create a social environment off the field which kept people coming back regardless of the results or the fact the club had nothing at the time but a spirit. Fortunately for the hundreds who have joined since and forged glorious memories at Hackney RFC, John was the ideal man for this inauspicious task and the club survived and grew. Fast forward to 2009, momentum is building and after recent promotions and the rebirth of a mens 2nd XV, Hackney won the chance to play at Twickenham after being nominated club of the year, running out onto the hallowed turf for an inter-club match as a curtain raiser to the Premiership Final. The club was buzzing. The team sheet would run in the match day programme, the sides would be announced on the screens in the stadium. But there were only 30 spaces, and the club had the difficult job of working out who would, and wouldn’t, get to enjoy this experience. John gave up his place. The player who had done more to get Hackney there than any other wouldn’t be on the bus. There was no drama, he didn’t expect any praise… in fact he’d have hated to be made a fuss of. He just stepped aside so someone else could go. That was the man John was. Stoic, yet compassionate. Unshowy, yet generous. John was chairman and later secretary of the club following his stint as Men's 1st XV captain, he retired from playing in 2014. During this period, John was instrumental in the formation of the ladies team, the rebuilding of the changing room building and the merger with the junior section. His calming presence and hard work was vital in creating the club we have today with hundreds of adult players, 14 junior teams, community outreach and charity fundraising at a club which is one of the greatest in London. It's a long way from 15 blokes getting changed pitch side just to fulfil a fixture so the name Hackney RFC continues. Whatever the legacy, what many of us will miss the most will be the chats over pints. The foundation which this club is build on is the spirit which John created, long may it continue We've set up a donation and condolence page, the proceeds of which will be given to the Barnardo's children charity and the rugby club in accordance with the families wishes https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/john-young-hackneyrfc

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Training Restarting at Hackney Rugby
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Shaun Rooke

We've restarted restarting training, sessions will be every Saturday at 11am and Wednesday at 7:30pm at Spring Hill Sports Ground (E5 9BL). These sessions will be for both male and females and run until Wednesday 19th May when we'll switch to summer social tag rugby prior to 2021/22 preseason training in July. New players are welcome but please contact shaun@hackneyrfc.co.uk prior to attending due to Covid-19 regulations. Changing rooms and shared water bottles won't be available so please come changed ready and with your own water bottles. We'll be gradually reintroducing contact rugby over the weeks after the long lockdown

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Club Statement on trans women in Rugby

Following the recent news that World Rugby are considering banning trans women from playing women’s rugby - Hackney RFC have undertaken a period of education and team-wide discussion amongst the affected teams and make the following statement: "We oppose any blanket ban of trans women playing grassroots rugby. We pride ourselves on placing inclusivity at the heart of our game, team and club. It is our view that the current data available is inconclusive and does not provide any information regarding actual injuries, their cause and how trans players have impacted grassroots women’s rugby. We therefore call on World Rugby to fund more research which will help us to continue to develop rugby as safely as possible for ALL players.

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Training restarts (with a difference)
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Shaun Rooke

Training for the Gladies will re-start training on Wednesday 22nd July. The Men will start on Saturday 18th July. Players wanting to attend training must complete the booking form and the Covid19 Symptom Checker before attending. Links are available in the weekly email to all members. Numbers are strictly limited. We will be working in groups of 5, moving between stations and coaches. Please don't just turn up without filling the necessary forms. Each training session will be broken into two blocks to let us offer sessions to as many players as possible. Initially we will be working with 20 players per block. You can attend both sessions - Wednesday and Saturday. But only one block on either day. Please do not select both blocks on the same day. Duplicate responses on single days will be deleted. It is first come, first served. But we ask if players could initially book one session, then perhaps check back a couple of days later to see if additional sessions are free, this will allow everyone time to book a session each if they wish to. We'll be adding future weeks and notifying all by a weekly email. These sessions will be at Spring Hill Sports Ground (E5 9BL), new players are very welcome, contact shaun@hackneyrfc.co.uk for more details. Unfortunately we're unable to open the changing rooms at this stage and communal water bottles are prohibited so bring your own drinks. Please note that players arriving at training who have not sent a completed form ahead of time will be unable to train. If you have any questions on this please email Morgan: morgan@hackneyrfc.co.uk

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ALL RUGBY ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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Shaun Rooke

Following Government and RFU briefings regarding COVID-19, we're suspended all club activity until further notice We still hope to play some matches if this is lifted and resume training before the summer, stay tuned to the weekly emails and social media for updates

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Shaun Rooke

Greetings of the season! Here's the schedule around Christmas period 2019

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Hackney Ladies named RFU team of the month!!
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Shaun Rooke

The RFU have named our Hackney Gladies as there team of the month for October

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England star Joseph visits Hackney RFC
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Shaun Rooke

Main article in the Hackney Gazette can be found here

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