26th July 2018, 10:41 | tag
Try Tag Rugby Co-founder and CEO, Phillip Browne has decided to step down from his position, effective from the 15th of September.
Try Tag Rugby are the Rugby Football League’s (RFL) Tag Rugby League partner and they are the UK delegates to the International Tag Federation (ITF).
Tag Rugby League is a fun and exciting non-contact social sport, based on Rugby League which is suitable for adults, is inclusive and is played by beginners & experienced players, males & females, young & old and has attracted many newcomers to the sport.
Phillip Browne has been an integral part of Try Tag Rugby, being the first and only employee back in 2009. He launched two leagues at Finsbury Park in London, in September 2009 with a total of eight teams. Since then, Try Tag Rugby has grown year on year and experienced a record 643 teams across six regions (London, Bristol, Coventry & Warwickshire, Manchester, Thames Valley & Yorkshire) during the 2018 Early Summer season.
Phillip was instrumental in introducing one-day tournaments such as the Corporate Challenge, International Cup, London Origin, Provincial Challenge, Thames Valley Tag Rugby Championships, Try Tag Rugby Six Nations, Valentine’s Day Challenge and most recently, the launch of the UK Tag Nationals.
Phillip was also influential in developing hundreds of would be Tag Rugby referees as he hosted countless referee workshops & forums over the last nine years.
He would also never miss a referee social function, hosting numerous referee curry nights and social days out to show the company's appreciation for all their hard work.
He most recently represented Try Tag Rugby on the International Tag Federation board and was involved in running the Great Britain Tag World Cup campaign, plus successfully helped launch the Bristol and Coventry & Warwickshire franchises to create a wider national footprint for the sport.
He leaves the company in a healthy position and leaves a legacy of the hard work left behind, with the establishment of new leagues across the country, hundreds of new referees trained up and a host of enjoyable one-day tournaments now well established.
Phillip Browne commented: "It's been an absolute rollercoaster of a journey!
"I've put everything I can into developing Try Tag Rugby and I've spilt plenty of blood, sweat and tears for this company over the last nine years.
"It's been an enjoyable nine years working very long hours and weekends and I think the time is right to step a side. I will still stay on as a director and shareholder but I think it's now time to put my family first and start focusing more on them and on my new venture, Mascord Brownz which is an International Rugby League start-up.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff over the years for all their hard work and dedication and thank everyone who has contributed to Try Tag Rugby's success; the staff, the referees, the sponsors, the after match venues and very importantly, the players!
"I can't thank the players enough! It's the players who make Try Tag Rugby special.
"We could have focused on just playing your game and going home, but I tried my very best to build this into a community where everyone is treated like family and I wanted to make this sport as welcoming and inclusive as possible.
"I'll always look back with very fond memories and be thankful to all the players that I was privileged to meet and share plenty of good times with!
"I would also like to thank the Rugby Football League for all their support over the last nine years in which we've benefitted from promotional campaigns and we were fortunate enough to be able to expose Tag Rugby League on the big stage at Magic Weekend for two years running!
"I've worked at the New South Wales Rugby League Academy, founded the Australian Fijian RL pathway for Australian-based Fijians, was a member of the off-field staff for Fiji when they won the gold medal at the 2007 South Pacific Games for Rugby League 9s, CEO at the London Skolars, refereed internationally at the Scandinavian 9s and for Malta Vs Denmark in Malta and most recently, I worked with the USA Hawks at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, so with all this in my past, Rugby League will always be in my blood and I’m hoping to stay involved and continue to help grow the sport where I can."