RedPanda7s is the idea of Max Ashcroft.
So why RedPanda?
Well, whilst at Bath Rugby, Max lived with Max Anderson, Max Maidment, Will Skuse and Harry Sanders - nicknames were inevitably created. Max Ashcroft was known as Panda, and he also is a redhead, the resulting hybrid name: RedPanda.
In 2010, leading USA entertainment group Party City launched a range of products called Team Spirit and started to sponsor NBA, MLB and NFL games in the USA.The European arm of Party City launched PridePassionParty and started to sponsor grass roots sports players and sports teams.The first young player to be identified by PPP was Simon Kerrigan, now starring for England Lions Cricket. The second was Max Ashcroft, who had just started with the Bath Rugby Academy.The third, Josh Beaumont, son of England Rugby legend Bill Beaumont. Josh has just captained England Students Rugby and is playing for Durham University and Sale Sharks.
PridePassionParty then created a rugby 7s team to compete at the Heineken Kinsale Sevens. The team competed in 2011 and 2012; finishing runners up in 2012.
At the end of 2012, Max Ashcroft took over the management of the sevens team and that was the creation of RedPanda7s. The team is sponsored by www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk
The mantra for RedPanda7s is to provide a professional rugby environment for young talented athletes to showcase their abilities and enjoy their experiences.
Two quotes amplify this, the first is from England's discovery of the 6 Nations, Joe Launchbury: 'I was playing division 2 Rugby not so long ago and I can tell you, there are plenty of good young players that missed the net'.
The second from RedPanda7s, Max Ashcroft: 'It's not how big you are it's how big you play'
To provide a professional set up, RedPanda7s are always looking for sponsors and partners; please make initial contact with firstname.lastname@example.org"
The back room staff are led by Director of Rugby,Alex Keay.Alex has a rich international playing career and has coached at the highest level of UK club and University rugby.
The squad is a blend of PPP past players, England, Wales, Scotland and Spain age group players. New unheralded players are also included and we look forward to them gaining further recognition. Many of the players have competed for Durham and Bath Universities; some have moved on to play in the National Leagues. Clubs represented include Rotherham (The Championship), Fylde, Macclesfield, Nottingham (National 1), Hull Ionians, Richmond and Birmingham amongst others. The team are proud to have worked with Simon Hammersley now with Newcastle Falcons and Mike Haley of Sale Sharks.
To enter the Dubai, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Las Vegas competitions in 2016, the team is looking for new sponsors to work alongside www.partycity.com and www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk