The Hong Kong women's team were wonderful and committed at the recent Women's Rugby World Cup, and now comes a new league season. Over the last few seasons bc magazine has offered post match reports on women's league games. These have been written by a wide variety of people including fans, players and coaches.
This season we'd like to try something a little more ambitious, match reports written by freelance journalists in English and Chinese and circulated to local and international media for publishing free of charge.
The idea is to raise awareness of women's rugby in Hong Kong. Newspapers and websites are always looking for content - we'll provide it to them free of charge.
Teams and sponsors can also use the match reports on their social media channels and websites to further enhance awareness.
We're looking to crowdfund a team of freelance writers to create professional matches reports in English and Chinese.
For each Womens Premiership match we'll look to have:
Match report: 400 words in English and Chinese
Match report format: photo, match report with quotes, team lists, try scorers
Photos: Just from a phone and uploaded to twitter, instagram, facebook etc
Video: We'll also try to do a bit of video interviewing but the initial focus will be on match reports.
We hope to be able to attract freelance writers for around $500/ match and will offer a bonus of $1,000 if they cover 10 matches during a season.
We're looking for bilingual saturday night proof-readers 12 rounds of matches $300/round $3,600
UPDATE the Premiership looks as though it has 8 teams this year - not that HKRU has released any information about this or fixture lists - so please see the revised costs. Sorry for the inconvenience
$800-$1,000/match - covers writing, proof-reading and editing
56 league matches @ $800-1000: $44,800-56,000
Championship rounds 5 matches
Writers bonus: $5,000
There are also three blue v red matches so at least 60 matches.
Total: $60,000 to cover 6 months of women's rugby
If there's extra funding donated we'll expand and cover matches in WNL1 and WNL2.
Thank you for your time in reading this and your support in raising the awareness of domestic women's rugby.