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Barbarians 2008 Christmas Bash Is Coming!

Published on December 1, 2008

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Improvements for All to See; Christmas Bash Coming

Published on November 21, 2008

We've seen a good improvement from both teams over the last few weeks, and with very winnable games this weekend, both teams look to continue to push onwards and upwards. And, hopefully, the new All-Star Sports Bar & Grill kit will also provide the motivation needed to help our quest.

Recruitment has also been on the up, and you'll all be seeing many new faces over the coming weeks. Recruitment is, of course, essential to the Club's current success and future growth; all of us should be encouraged to do their own recruitment when they see potential Barbarians walking around Beijing looking for what is missing from their lives.

Also, please be on the lookout for new Beijing Barbarians business cards, which we will be distributing to Club members within the next few weeks to help with recruitment. All Club members will also be given a Gold VIP Card from at All-Star for discounts on food and drink.

Finally, we will soon announce the details of our 2008 Christmas Party! Saturday, December 6 has been penciled in as the date, and we will confirm as soon as possible.


Tough Start to Season; Welcome to New Sponsor All-Star Sports Bar & Grill!

Published on September 22, 2008

Both teams began their IFFC seasons last weekend, and both encountered tough matches. The All-Stars came up against a strong Japanese passing game and found themselves down 2-0 at halftime. The Barbs regrouped in the second half, and two fine goals left the final score at 2-2. The under strength Barbarians A Team did not fare so well, falling 7-1 to the recently relegated Russians. Both teams will be looking for better results this weekend as we match up against our archrivals in the Forbidden City/Summer Palace clan.

In other news, last week the Club secured a fantastic sponsorship deal with All-Star Sports Bar & Grill. The deal will see both parties supporting each other strongly over the coming season. New kits are being ordered as I type and are expected to be ready within the next couple of weeks. I had a great meeting with them and I am really excited about the prospect of us working together in the future. Hope the rest of you are, too!

Lastly, I just wanted to apologize for the late cancellation of training this week. Due to bad weather and the expectation of a low turnout, we decided to pull the plug at the last minute. We will do our best to give more warning time for any future cancellations. (We later found out that ClubFootball cancelled all their bookings too, so things were an no go anyway.) Training resumes next Thursday at Chaoyang Park, and we expect to see you all there.


IFFC 2008-2009 Season Kicks Off At Last; Here We Go Again!

Published on September 15, 2008

The IFFC finally kicks off this weekend, with action in the IFFC Cup first and second rounds. The Bs are up against old rivals Azzurri on Saturday, while the As have a first round bye. On Sunday the As will face the victors of the first round clash between Celtics Gold and Summer Palace. The Bs, if they get through, will face a very tough second round match against IFFC old boys Fortuna.

20080915 beijing barbarians leadership organization chartIt's been a long old summer, although a minor event known as the Olympics did come into town and liven things up for a bit. As always, the Barbarians management teams have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure everything and everyone is raring to go by the time we kick off.

Speaking of the management team, we have had a couple of changes to the Club leadership over the summer:

  • Phil Heggli has accepted the invitation to take up the role of Vice-Chairman. Phil and I will work very closely together in future to ensure that the Club can be all it can be. Priority number one will be to build a stronger relationship between our two squads.
  • Barbarians' old boy Matt Arnold has been appointed A Team Social Secretary. He will be working closely with Phil and the B Team Social Secretary organize some killer events and build the Club's spirit.

There are several other positions still available on both squads; click on the Barbarians' Organisation Chart pic to the right to learn more. If you are interested in any of them, please let me know!

Lastly, just want to give a BIG UP to A team Manager Richard Collett and his darling wife as they welcome their first child to this world. Rumour has it that at the hospital Richard was shown a red card for foul language -- an incident he denies, of course.


Training vs. 5-a-side: What's Your Odds-on Favourite?

Published on September 3, 2008

There comes a time in every great club when a key decision needs to be made. As Chairman, I want to get everyone's thoughts on this immediately, as it could alter our existence in a number of ways. The topic of discussion for this post is "Training vs 5-a-side".

Over the last couple of weeks we've had very enjoyable training sessions down at Xiaowuji on Wednesday evenings. The weather has been nice and at the beginning of the season numbers are always high. There have been no 5-a-side matches so far, but this week ClubFootball is kicking off a new round of 5s matches which sees both the As and Bs compete on different days.

This raises a number of questions:

  • Do we want to have both training and 5s midweek? If yes, what day is best for training? If no, do we drop training or do we kick 5s into touch?
  • What are the benefits of regular training and how does that compare to the benefits of 5-a-side?
  • What would happen if training became compulsory and we kept 5s alive through a combination of A and Bs?
Read more: Training vs. 5-a-side: What's Your Odds-on Favourite?

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