ABRFC 2016 Awards

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Saturday May 7th 6.30-10pm | Tickets £5 per person for food and entry.

Location: Sandyacres Sports & Social Club Sandyhurst Lane, TN25 4NT

You can confirm your attendance via our Facebook event

The Ashford Barbarians RFC 2016 Awards Night will be presenting the annual awards for…

  • Player’s Player of the Year
  • Clubman of the Year
  • Most Improved Player (voted for by coaches and team selectors)
  • Captain’s Player of the Year
  • Dolly of the Year (voted for by the Committee)

Please submit your votes at the upcoming AGM or online.

Enter your nomination below. You will require a password to access the survey, please contact Paul Wright or Steve Biggs if you have not been issued one.

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Memorial Match Donations

Donations ABRFC Mermorial Rugby Match

On April 9th Ashford Barbarians RFC take on a team from the British Army in the Trevor Adams & Mary Burton Memorial Rugby Match in aid of Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

If you’d like to donate to either cause you can do so via our JustGiving links below or text 70070 using TAMM94 for The British Heart Foundation (Trevor Adams) or MBMM49 for Cancer Research UK (Mary Burton). Thank you in advance for any contribution you can make and we hope to see you in April.


If you’d like give something in memory of
Mary Burton visit our JustGiving page.

Donate to Cancer Research UK


If you’d like give something in memory of
Trevor Adams visit our JustGiving page.

Donate to the British Heart Foundation

Thank you for your contribution and we hope to see you in April. If you’d like to leave a comment please visit the ABRFC Memorial Match facebook page. You can also show your support by joining the event on facebook.

Learn more about Trevor and Mary here.

Visit the websites of Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation to find out more on the extraordinary work they are doing and the people they’re helping.


Ashford Barbarians 2016 Rugby Tour


Join the tour

The Baa-Baas will be going on tour to Cardiff at the end of this season, departing Friday 20th and returning Monday 23rd. If you interested in joining the tour please contact our Membership Officer Jason Potter (07764 721 528) through Facebook or email membership@ashfordbarbarians.co.uk to confirm.

The tour is open to all members, supporters or followers of Ashford Barbarians RFC. If you are from another the club and are interested in joining the tour please contact Jason about availability.

Tour details

Depart Ashford 10 am Friday 20th May 2016 travelling by coach to Cardiff. We will be staying at the NosDa Hostel & Bar where accomodation is as follows;

  • 1 x 10 bed dormitory
  • 1 x 7 bed dormitory
  • 2 x 4 bed dormitory
  • 1 x 5 bed dormitory

Please note that dormitories are not en suite, they have communal bathrooms. Who you will share a dorm with will be drawn out of a hat on the day of travel.

  • Saturday 21st May we will play a game against a former club of Andrew ‘Taff’ Morris Old Penarthians RFC.
  • Return to Ashford from Cardiff 10am Sunday 22rd May.

Tour rules: Please note that fancy dress is mandatory for the entire tour – you will not be required to pack any normal clothing.


The total price for both travel and accommodation for 3 nights is £104 person. All spaces are currently filled, but if you’re interested contact Jason Potter or Andrew Morris to be added to the waiting list.

England Rugby: Get fit for 2016


Last year EnglandRugby.com put together several articles relating to match fitness, preparation and diet. Below you’ll find a number of links to to help you up your game in the New Year.

Continuity in attack and how to be fit enough

Play like England: Get fit for continuity in attack has some great examples of speed acceleration and interval work and how to get fit enough to play a fast-paced phase game.

“There’s no getting away from it – the continuity game is based on fitness and, in particular, repetitive speed.” —EnglandRugby.com


England Sevens: In the gym

Learn what to do in the gym and how to do it. England’s Men Sevens stars talk you through a gym workout.

Here’s where you can checkout their workout videos.

Mens Sevens gym training

  • Bench Press
  • Box Jump
  • Jammer Press
  • Back Squat
  • Core
  • Prowler Push
  • Pull-ups

“Each individual has to be at the peak of physical fitness for the team to be successful, so gym sessions have to be carefully thought through and perfectly executed.” —EnglandRugby.com

England women demonstrate perfect technique in the gym

Michaela Staniford, Emily Scarratt and Amy Wilson-Hardy demonstrate a a number of movements to improve shoulder and arm strength as well as leg drive and acceleration.

Here’s where you can find their demonstration videos.

Womens Sevens gym training

  • Glute Band (Pre-workout)
  • Arnold Shoulder Press
  • Swiss Ball Pike
  • Supine Pull
  • Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Step-up
  • Press up and Rotate

“Be fit enough to train & play – sounds obvious but think beyond basic fitness and be fit for your specific position(s).” —EnglandRugby.com

FLI Fitness article: Primal Movements



No matter your sport or fitness goals, you’re going to find that animal and primal movements will improve your performance and help you reach your goals in no time!

Whether you’re an extreme athlete, yogi, hill walker, climber, strongman, Cross Fit fanatic, MMA fighter or just someone who likes staying in shape – you can benefit from more mobility, strength, endurance and power.

What are animal and primal movement exercises?

These exercises combine getting down on all fours, ground based movement and elements from various bodyweight-training disciplines. To create a fun, challenging workout emphasising multi-planar, fluid movement.

Animal and primal movements can be used as a stand-alone workout or as a group class format. They can be added to your existing fitness routines in your dynamic warm-up, interval training, circuit training, or skills sections.

Did you know? Your body has three planes of motion – sagittal, frontal and transverse. The sagittal plane divides your body into left and right halves and you can either move in this plane by flexing or extending. Whilst the frontal plane divides your body into front and back, you can either move by abduction – or away from your body – or adduction – towards the midpoint. Finally the transverse plane divides your body into upper and lower. To move in this plane you can either rotate internally or externally.

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts of any level will feel the benefits from the practice of animal and primal movements, including increased:

  • mobility
  • flexibility
  • stability
  • power
  • endurance
  • skill
  • neuromuscular communication

During and after doing animal and primal movements you’ll feel mobilised, stimulated through your core muscles, challenged by your sense of balance, and have a sense of feeling grounded and secure. You will stimulate the flow of electromagnetic energy also known as Chi or Qi Gong through your body like no other exercise can. The nature of the movements stimulates a part of the brain that communicates with the central nervous system, encouraging the recovery of our immune system – in turn improving your digestion and assimilation of food and promoting sleep and recovery.

Still need more reasons why Animal and Primal Movements are so great?

Enhanced Workouts! No matter what style of training you prefer, your efforts will be improved by increasing your flexibility, agility, strength, power, endurance, coordination and speed.

Athletic Performance! One of the unique aspects of animal and primal movement training is that it is multi-planar, meaning that you are moving through multiple planes of motion, rather than in just one like when running in a straight line. Creating a greater carryover from animal movements into improving athleticism for real world sports. This is because when we play sport, we’re teaching our bodies to coordinate our movements as an entire unit rather than compartmentalising.

Cardiovascular Training! Animal and primal movements can be structured to achieve a desired cardio response. You can perform an explosive form and switch which is very intense and challenges your anaerobic energy system, followed by short rest periods. Or, for more aerobic results you can link together less demanding forms and switches that can be maintained for longer durations at lower intensities!

Stability! All of the animal and primal movements place the body in a “Four Stance” a position with your hands and feet in contact with the ground. This position allows all of the stabilisation systems to be on and coordinating with each other. Everything from your wrists, shoulders, spine, hips and ankles. There’s no joint that’s left unchallenged!

Mobility/Flexibility! One of the most often overlooked parts of a training programs is joint mobility or flexibility. Animal and primal movements push your body through movements that increase mobility and flexibility naturally. Stretching through movement, not isolation.

So whatever your sport or leisure and whatever your reason is to improve your fitness, mobility, stability, balance and cardiovascular efficiency, try and incorporate animal movements into your routine.

At FLI Fitness Bootcamp we have animal and primal movements in every session, this is one of the elements that set our Bootcamps apart from others who stick to just linear movements. Our animal movement exercises will give you all of these benefits while having a lot of fun in the process!

Check out our channel on YouTube and learn some of the basic but fundamental moves that will change the way you work out forever.