In the first episode of this new blog series, we introduce you to the Surrey-based Akuma Beavers, an ambitious social sevens team, which will be on a plane in a few weeks’ time, to face their most exciting experience yet, around 3500 miles away from home. We caught up with player and social media manager Josh Buisson to find out more.
The team started as a social sevens side associated with the Guildford Rugby Club in 2009. The club’s first team currently plays in the London & SE Premier league and is still the home base of the 7s team.
After the humble beginnings eight years ago, the whole project went through a proper re-brand in 2016, resulting in a new team name and a strong social media presence as well as ambitious goals for 2017.
A beaver was once a random club mascot and so the players decided to name their 7s team after this furry and busy little creature with big teeth. Like a proper beaver the lads worked hard to get the name out by gearing up on the social media side, a move which has attracted several generous sponsors.
Bearing in mind that acquiring sources of funding is without a doubt the biggest challenge for most sports teams, the boys from Guildford have done extremely well in this area. The range of sponsors includes Elixium, Komo Guildford, Emerging Property, Finicky Shirts, SNAP Sponsorship and Physio 1-2-1. Additionally, the Beavers work alongside Shooting Star Chase which is their selected charity.
A couple of weeks ago, they proudly announced the agreement of a lucrative two-year contract with the British kit supplier and 7s specialists Akuma. It was another important milestone and a big step in the right direction. Since then, you’ll find them under the name Akuma Beavers.
The Beavers consider themselves as a social sevens team, but with great ambitions to play high-standard competitive rugby. No doubt, they are taking 7s serious and are keen to face other teams on a level playing field. Eventually, this determined attitude forms the path to success. But it’s not just on the pitch where they are gaining respect, it’s also the social aspect of the pitch which makes the Beavers a serious contender.
At the end of the year, they will compete at one of the biggest and most famous tournaments in the world, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. Thousands of professional and amateur players from around the globe will meet in the desert of Dubai to celebrate four days of rugby sevens madness. Participating in such a superior event is the pinnacle of their short history and considered as the biggest success to date.
In the past, the Beavers have attended around six tournaments a year but with such an ambitious strategy and some serious support from sponsors, the aim is to expand the touring agenda to a whopping 10 tournaments in 2018. This year they already traveled to the Slough 7s, Surrey 7s, GRM 7s and Sweden’s premier rugby event, the Stockholm 10s.
The Beavers are aiming to expand current platforms and allow more players to join their exciting social rugby environment. The future looks certainly bright for this energetic and determined bunch.
We wish them best of luck for Dubai and an exciting new season in 2018.
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#My7sClub is a brand-new blog series, featuring every week one of the many awesome 7s teams from around the world. We caught up with the heroes who invest countless hours, raise funding are coaches, team managers and players in one person and give it all in order to keep their beloved team running. Read their exciting stories on our blog. If you and your team like to be featured in this series, just contact us. We are excited to hear your story.