October 5th is always a special day for Fill Your Boots, it is the day we launched our Facebook and Twitter accounts!

I had the idea of a player exchange for a while, but couldn’t settle on a name… until, me and my friend Oliver went to an NFL match at Wembley Stadium and saw an advert on the London Underground for a company I cannot remember, and their tag line was Fill Your Boots.

That was perfect, so the next day, Fill Your Boots was born.

4 years on and this project is still going strong.

Somehow, a network of over 10,000 of you fine folks have found our social media pages, liked, shared and retweeted everything we put out, in order to cast that net even wider. I cannot stress how little of a budget I have to spend on getting the idea to the masses and your support is invaluable, you all have made this what it is today. I cannot thank you all enough.

We now have over 1000 Rugby clubs following us on our Twitter account. Thank you for believing in the project, and i really hope we are able to help you all as and when you require our assistance. Thank you all so much!

I certainly have not been able to do any of this alone.

Since this became a registered company, I have required a lot of people to make this actually happen and reign in all the ideas that I have! (If I forget people, I am sorry, I will buy you a pint!) Iain Gibbons, David Bealing, Robert Holmes, Dev Anand, thank you all for keeping this running!

We have been so lucky to be associated with some brilliant organisations that have helped make this bigger and better than I ever could have imagined. Thanks to our partners, RugbyUnited, Happiness Is Egg Shaped, Rugby Inside Line. Rugby Blindside, The Rugby Show, London 9s and Grassroots Rugby Media. We have recently been partnered with The Rugby Report podcast with Nick Heath and Tom May, coming to you from Japan during the Rugby World Cup, this is a project we are so proud to be apart of during this great event, as well as having 5 seconds on BBC Radio 4 recently in a piece about grassroots rugby.

I could bore you with a lot more thank you’s…

But just one more, to all of my family who have supported and let me give up my spare time (not that theirs much with two children!!) in order to keep this project going. Love you all.

So, 4 years and it has been a blast. I love doing this and I am looking forward to doing this for the next 4 years and beyond.

This is a real opportunity to change the way that grassroots sport is played. Friends helping friends, players helping clubs and clubs helping clubs.

I am always here to listen to your thoughts on how this can be better or just general rugby chit chat, I am always up for a chat, so please get in touch.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, lets make this bigger and better of the next year.

Yours in Sport,

Sean Phelan.


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