Culture and Respect Mantra
Culture & Ethos
- URFC is a special club. The reason all of us are here is because of the people and ethos of this community. Lets not lose this unique DNA, great friends, great experiences on and off the pitch, and of course great rugby. We are a social sports club, aiming to play the best rugby possible and have an epic time doing it. Lets harness the spirit of the club and always conduct ourselves in ways that contribute to the growth and success of it, not harm it. This is what makes us different.
Respect Our Officials
- No matter how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ the Ref’s are, be polite, respect them and get on with it. Without them we don’t have a game. It’s a thankless but vital role and in our leagues plenty of mistakes and poor calls will happen. None of us are pro. Players, get over it. Getting angry at them has never helped any team, nor led to any decisions being changed.
- If you are abusing the ref, from on the pitch or sideline, you are not helping, but becoming part of the problem. HK is a small place and reputations linger.
Respect Our Opposition
- Let’s be humble in victory and generous in defeat. Rugby is an aggressive contact sport, but let’s avoid getting personal and focus on playing hard but fair. Keep your tempers, comments, actions in check.
- Enjoy the camaraderie before, during and after every match.
Respect The Environment
- We are privileged to have Fortress Sandy Bay as our home, lets be proactive and engaged to keep it clean. Pick up our own trash after games and trainings, your helper isn’t here to clean up after you!
- This also applies for other pitches, buses, hotel rooms, restaurants, bars etc.
- Challenge: We’re a big club – If we drink 200 cans of beer, could we lead the way in separating and recycling our aluminum cans?
Respect Our Coaches and Executives
- They give up a huge amount of time to contribute to the club and ensuring that things run, making decisions always with the best interests of the club at heart. There will be times when you don’t agree or understand there decisions, and they commit to always being fair, transparent and open in decision making.
- They will treat all club members fairly and equally, always try and role model best behaviours and practice and keep in line with the spirit of the club at all times.
Respect Your Teammates
- Bust a gut to make trainings, meet-up times, deadlines, availability memos etc. Be prepared and organized. Pay and collect things when you are meant to be it: kit, tickets, tours. Your time is no more special than anybody else’s.
- There are multiple teams on the Club. Everyone deserves respect – first teamers, old boys, students and the ladies.
- Don’t do things which you will regret, make smart choices and strive to always be a better player, and more importantly a better person. Make intelligent decisions in regards to: Relationships, Alcohol, Drugs, Social Media, language, how you talk to and treat others. Never think that your voice is more important than others.
- If you are wearing URFC kit then you are an ambassador for the entire club [incl. teammates, partners, sponsors, HKU and more], its future reputation and its heritage and history. Don’t be an idiot and screw it up.