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7 aside football for the over 35s and 45s

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Our friends at NFC Masters Football are recruiting!

NFC has +35 and a +45 teams that are currently looking for new players. Both teams are international selections, with some of the classiest has-beens and could-have-beens you can find in Amsterdam.

We’re a friendly group off the field, but some of the old competitiveness still sneaks out when we strap on the boots and step onto the field – we all still love the beautiful game. We play a 7 x7 format on a half-sized field, with games or friendlies most weeks in Autumn and Spring, usually followed by a quiet beer afterwards.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, or even if you just want a good excuse to get out of the house one night each week, please contact the team leaders:

45+ Justin Sherrard: or Stephen Huyton:

35+ Jacques D’Arrigo:

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Amsterdam 7’s Rugby

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By Andy Symmonds

A Day at the Sevens

You may have noticed that the Amsterdam Sevens organisers offered a discount on tickets to members of the British Society for the tournament in May. It’s not clear if this was the trigger, but several members were spotted enjoying the occasion and the rugby. This review is based upon the final day of the event so it misses the core of the ladies contest and the qualifying for Rio excitement, but it does mean that the report can include some glorious weather.

IMG_4151To recap, the event is an annual competition featuring teams from around the world. The format is Sevens, which means rugby played on a full size pitch with only seven players in each side. This, as you can imagine, can mean a lot of running around and does require a high level of fitness to be able to compete effectively. The tournament is a fixture on the World Rugby Sevens calendar for ladies rugby, giving it equivalent status to the Middlesex, Dubai or Hong Kong Sevens events for male rugby. This year was also given extra significance as teams could qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

IMG_4148The ladies rugby provided some fascinating results. From the Olympic perspective, Canada and Australia both managed to qualify for Rio on the first day and team GB qualified on day two. New Zealand claimed the Women’s Seven Series for the third year in a row but took a record beating at the hands of the USA team (34-5 and arguably the shock of the tournament).

The men’s rugby demonstrated the usual blend of swift running, some great passing and off loading and some wonderful individual skills. The male contingent also provided the three streakers that decided to grace the women’s game between Canada and Ireland. Sadly the brave three gents that streaked were more amply padded than anyone previously seen on the pitch and the players looked suitably unimpressed.

IMG_4185British Society members were there every day of this years’ event, but we also added in some of the noise as Ian Cherington, our Chairman, was the official commentator for all three days.  Ian kept the crowd informed and motivated throughout the tournament and even encouraged the Mexican wave in quieter moments. Nick, our intrepid food taster and restaurant tester, was also seen enjoying the fun, although we have no comments on the catering  standards yet.

The British Society also had younger members attending the tournament, so we would like to wrap up the report of the 2015 Amsterdam Sevens with some comments from Luc Thomas, aged 12: “Time flew. It was a fun and friendly atmosphere. I want to go again next year. I liked the men’s games more than the women’s games. Best women’s game was the final between Fiji and China.” This was Luc’s introduction to live rugby and he came away very enthused by the Sevens. It is a cracking day out and we will alert you of the dates for the 2016 tournament when they become available.

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Join the Rugby Sevens Party

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Join the Rugby Sevens Party


Last year we sent an elite team of die hard volunteers of the British Society to investigate the rumours of an outdoor party on the outskirts of Amsterdam West that included rugby, lashings of cold beer, a plethora of fit men and women in shorts and an amazing family atmosphere. You may also recall that we reported that the rumours are true and that the Amsterdam Sevens ticks all of those boxes.

Three days of May

In case you missed our publications last year, the Amsterdam Sevens is a well organised tournament that spans three days of May every year and really is an excellent way to spend a long weekend. The rugby itself is Sevens format, which for newcomers is rugby played by teams of seven (simple so far). The rules and play are easier to understand that the 15 a side version of the game, and the games are shorter and faster so it can and does get very exciting. It’s also ideal for younger family members with a shorter attention span, and an ideal way to introduce the family to one of the new Olympic sports for 2016.

IMG_3281-web Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th
The 2015 tournament will take place from Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th. The event is held on the playing grounds of Rugby Club AAC and Sportpark De Eendracht.  This year there will be at least 120 teams participating, coming from more than 30 different countries to battle for the prizes and highest honour.

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series
The ladies rugby is one of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series with top international team competing for honours, and this year there is the added significance that four female country teams can win their qualification for the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016. No quarter will be given by the ladies teams this year, including the Dutch team! For those of you that know something about rugby, the ladies event is equivalent to the Hong Kong or Dubai Sevens in terms of international recognition, and all on your doorstep. Top teams and players have known about the Amsterdam Sevens for years. Tim Visser, now playing in the Scottish national team, was scouted here.

IMG_3422-web Discount for the first 50 British Society members to buy tickets

With such a potentially exciting weekend of rugby ahead, we are pleased to announce that the organisers are offering a discount on the ticket price for the first 50 British Society members to buy tickets. To secure this discount you need to use this promotional code: A7SBRSMAG2015 when ordering tickets through the Amsterdam Sevens webshop.  The webshop can be found here

Buy Your Britsoc Member Promotional Tickets Here: Code: A7SBRITSOC2015



Members of the British Society will be attending and we hope to see you there. It’s a perfect way to become a part of the Amsterdam festival of rugby and have a wonderful time. The only thing that we cannot guarantee is sunshine, but it the weather repeats the 2014 conditions it will be a tournament to remember.





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Amsterdam Expat Golf

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Spring is in the air.

And Britsoc Amsterdam Expat Golf is on the course.

Golf cartoonAlmost every weekend on Saturday or Sunday a group will meet to play 18 or 9 holes on the Amsterdam Hogedijk course, near the AMC and IKEA. It’s a mixed group, different levels and a range of golf aspirations. Some play most weeks, some turn up every couple of months. Tee off time is usually around 8am.

Once you are on the maillist, the weekly invitation for the following weekend will fall into your mailbox at the start of the week, then it’s first come allocation of the 12 places in the three flights for the weekend.

Download the full article here (PDF)

Go to the Britsoc Golf magazine page here

Go to Britsoc Golf Events page here