ORSA Convention 2013 – Hong Kong

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Updated: March 23, 2013
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Hong Kong RSC will be hosting the ORSA AGM to coincide with the annual Hong Kong Soccer 7s and this has been confirmed to take place from Friday 24th May until Sunday 26th May 2013. FYI the Scottish Cup final will be held that weekend too.

Our initial outline plan is to start hosting the festivities on the Wednesday as that is the traditional day of the week that the players will arrive and it just so happens that there is a race meeting going to be held at Happy Valley racecourse that night! Did we also mention that Wednesday night is “Ladies Night” in Wan Chai where in most pubs women drink for free?!

FYI, the players tend to depart on a late evening flight on the Monday, so if you are thinking of coming along I would recommend coming from the Wednesday to the Monday at least.

We have already spoken with the Soccer 7s people and they have confirmed that a Rangers youth team will be invited back out again next year.

On the Masters front this is quite far down the line. It’s costing us in the region of HK$350,000 to fund this, but we are more than 75% of the way there, so we are still looking for sponsors if anyone would like to get in touch.

We have also spoken to a couple of the players and they are well down the way with getting a team of Legends to come out. If the names mentioned come to fruition then no one will be disappointed!

In the mean time we have come up with the following “outline” schedule which may change slightly in the future!

  • 22nd Wednesday – Daytime – Rangers teams arrive Evening – Happy Valley Racing
  • 23rd Thursday – Daytime – Watch training/sightseeing Evening – Official Soccer 7′s Sportsman’s Dinner w/ Joe Jordan
  • 24th Friday – Daytime – ORSA AGM / Sightseeing Evening – Soccer 7s Masters tournament
  • 25th Saturday – Daytime – Soccer 7s tournament Evening – Junk trip to Lamma island seafood restaurant (Main ORSA Dinner)
  • 26th Sunday – Daytime – Soccer 7s tournament Evening – Celebtratory Cup winning drinks :-)
  • 27th Monday – Daytime – Free day / sightseeing / recovery! Evening – Rangers team fly home

First things first, if you are coming from overseas, one of the best place to look for flights is Skyscanner

This site tends to offer the best rates going, however if you can hold your nerve you might be better waiting until post Xmas / New Year as lots of airlines tend to offer “Sale” prices.

With regards to hotels, we’ve not had much luck negotiating a group rate with any of the hotels we had in mind. It’s the nature of the beast that Hong Kong is a top tourist destination, so the hotels don’t need to offer any deals as such as they know they will be busy.

In saying that, deals can always be found if you book in advance through the likes of AsiaRooms or Expedia. Zuji is also a great resource to explore. Or if you prefer, you can check out AirBnB.

So our recommendation now is to go ahead and book a hotel directly yourself as there are lots of decent deals out there at the moment.

It should be noted that hotel rooms in Hong Kong are small unless you are booking 5*

To assist you, please have a look at our dedicated Google Map for the ORSA event which can be viewed here:

http://goo.gl/maps/cD1EE

On this map we have listed a number of hotels in 2 locations in Hong Kong; Causeway Bay and Wanchai.
Causeway Bay is close to the Hong Kong Football Club where the Soccer 7s will take place.

Wan Chai is one of the main bar districts in Hong Kong and where “Amici” is – that is our home pub.

As you will see from the map, both are very close to each other anyway, so no more than 5 minutes away in a taxi, which are cheap and plentiful.

So it really boils down to where you want to be close to. The tournament or the pubs ;-)

It should be noted that Wan Chai is the traditional red light area of Hong Kong, so it has its share of “girlie” bars, but these are fairly discreet, plus there are a huge number of fine upstanding establishments in the area. It just might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s fine though and actually has a great atmosphere.

For our events we host during the festivities, these will be done as close to cost price as possible. We are not in this to turn a profit as we know people will be spending a lot of money to get to Hong Kong in the first place. The race night at Happy Valley will most likely be a night down in the beer garden next to the paddock. The cost for entry here is HK$10! It’s actually the best place to be and has the best atmosphere.

We then expect to host 2 further events and where possible we will try and negotiate drinks packages to make sure everyone gets their monies worth!

When we have a better idea of numbers coming the convention, then we can start planning our events in earnest, so if you are coming please let us know!

Also, please get in touch if you would like any further information or if you have any questions to info@rangers.hk

Here is a clip of the promo video for the 2012 Soccer 7s:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9DEmx8lTFU

And also a great video that showcases Hong Kong:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Z6QKC1hjc

See you in Hong Kong!