NZ2017 Tour


UPDATE - November 2015

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to drop everyone a line to update you on a number of things.

Firstly, a massive thanks to all those who were able to attend the Dinner Dance on Saturday night at the Beechlawn. The night was a great success in terms of fundraising and from the many people who danced late into the night a good time was had also! Also thanks to those who contributed with ballot and auction items. The biggest thanks however must go to Guy Metcalfe for his generosity towards the event. The deals struck up with entertainment along with a significant bar contribution made a big difference to our final total. I have included the ballot and auction winners in the attachment. The estimated total raised from the evening was £9000!!!

I would like to request help with some events planned for the next few months. My suggestion is that groups of parents get together to pick up these events.

  • Car Parking at Christmas. I have requested more slots and intend to use the boys more and parents less for this one. When I receive dates I will send a note home.
  • Under 14 Annual Tournament. Last year was a great success moving to the Saturday and having the BBQ running. We will need a team of people to assist with the running of this.
  • Touch Rugby Tournament. Saturday 25th June. I would like to build on the event we ran last year but would like a team of parents to come on board to assist with this. We could expand on the teams entered to include more past pupils and parents. With more cohesion we could increase the food revenue potential also.
  • Fashion Show October 2016. This is probably best handed over to a team of Mums!
  • Tea/Coffee/HotDogs on a Saturday morning continues to be a great addition to the atmosphere at Bladon. Judith Magee, 07887658606, who does a wonderful job coordinating this could do with more volunteers.
  • Recycled Clothing Collection continues on the first Saturday of each month. Clothes should be dropped off at Osborne in a plastic bag.

Maybe over the next couple of weeks you will get speaking to others and come back to me with a team arranged to run an event.

The tour itself is taking shape nicely. The five opposition schools are confirmed; Hamilton Boys High, Tauranga Boys College, Otago Boys High, Waitaki Boys High and Christchurch Boys High. All these schools are top rugby playing schools and will provide stern competition.

I have had a couple of queries regards the selection of the squad. Selection will be made at Easter time 2016. Boys will all be notified by letter as to whether they have been successful or not.

If you have any other questions or ideas please feel free to send me an email or give me a call.

Many thanks,

Daniel Soper 

 NZ2017 Rugby Tour: UPDATE October 2015

In July 2017 45 boys will get the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to New Zealand on a three week rugby tour. We are very grateful to Forest Feast who are sponsoring the tour.

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Forest Feast have kindly supplied all the tour applicants with a t-shirt to wear during their training in preparation over the next two seasons.

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 June 2015 Re: NZ2017 Rugby Tour Fundraising

Dear Parent,

I want to draw your attention to the upcoming fundraising events.

On Saturday June 27th we are running a family picnic and Touch Rugby tournament at Bladon from 2pm-6pm. Tickets are £5 per person and includes a hotdog from the BBQ. There will be food stalls and other games running during the day so I would encourage everyone to bring their picnic blanket and join in the fun. Tickets can be purchased at the front office of school.

In the Autumn term we are running two dinner dance events at the Beechlawn House Hotel in Dunmurry, Saturday September 26th and Saturday November 14th. We do not expect anyone to attend both but by giving two dates we expect everyone will make an effort to attend either or. Tickets are priced at £95 per couple, sold in tables of 10, which includes a 3 course meal, live music and a great night’s entertainment.

If you could arrange a table of ten and let me know which evening you will be attending would be much appreciated.

If you are available to assist with the preparations of either of these events it would be appreciated if you contacted me at school.

Many thanks                      

Daniel Soper, Director of Rugby, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I am delighted to let you know we have settled on the company we will use for the tour in 2017. Clubworld Travel based in Belfast will handle all travel and booking for the tour. Neil Russell a former pupil of RBAI is the representative from Clubworld who will be managing all aspects of the tour. I am pleased a local company are working with us on this and having picked through their proposal it is very thorough and importantly a very competitive price.

Unfortunately the Garden Party which was planned for June has had to be cancelled for reasons outside our control. In place of the Garden Party will be a ‘Touch Rugby Tournament and Family Picnic’ on Saturday June 27th 2pm-6pm at Bladon. Tickets for this will be issued to the boys next week. We are also looking for helpers to assist with food stalls on the day so if you could let me know if you could volunteer an hour during the day to help would be much appreciated. The boys will be expected to assist with activities on the day also. Tickets will be sent home with the boys next week.

The Gala Ball which was planned for February 2016 is now going to be run by the BOIA and not by the NZ2017 group. The BOIA have agreed to auction some items on our behalf and we have a couple of very generous and significant items available. Unfortunately February 2017 is the Inchmarlo ball and therefore a black tie event in the window from now to tour is not possible. However, we will hold two ‘Dinner/Dances’, the first being Saturday September 26th 2015 at the ‘Beechlawn House Hotel’ in Dunmurry and the second within the final six months before tour.

The quiz last Friday night was a great success and raised £900 meaning our total is currently at £16300. Many thanks to Sam McIllveen for arranging the quiz and Chris Pallin for supplying the food.

There are other events planned such as an art exhibition and brochure. We will also continue our car parking and tea/coffee stands at Osborne which have proved to be excellent earners.

Could I ask that you align yourself with one of the upcoming events to assist with the preparation of these events. If you send me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me 07972660608 I can put you in touch with the correct person.