The Swaziland Defence Force hosted the Rugby Development Coaches for a Rugby Coaching Day at the St Georges Barracks in Matsapha. Thirty six soldiers turned out for the Coaching session. None of them had played before, so this was their first taste of Rugby and by the smiles on everyone's faces at the end of the session they will be back for more Rugby next week.
The Rugby Union's Development Programme was given a boost on Friday with the arrival of Richard Collinson from the UK. Richard will be working with the Development Coaches for the next three weeks. He will be assisting with the schools coaching sessions and Teacher/Coaches workshops during his stay in Swaziland.
The William Pitcher Teacher Training College in Manzini signed up to the Swaziland Rugby Union's Rugby Development Programme last week. One hundred and thirty five student teachers attend the two Rugby introduction workshops held on Thursday and Friday. Head Development Coach, Malindi Dlamini who facilitated both workshops said he was pleasently surprised at the number of students who attended the workshops.
The final day of the Rugby Road Show came to an end today at the home of the Scorpions Rugby Club in Nhlangano. The Rugby Coaches made the drive down south to Nhlangano in freezing cold winds not knowing what to expect. They should not have worried, dispite the cold weather forty eight players turned out for the coaching session.
The Swaziland Rugby Union President, Michael Collinson announced the dates for the Rugby Union's up and coming "Rugby Road Show". "The Development Coaches will be visiting four of the Rugby Clubs within Swaziland to hold a full Coaching Day for the young players in the area. We have identified the four Clubs we are to visit and all four Club Presidents have agreed to and are fully behind the Road Show idea", said Collinson.
The Rugby Union Development Coaches made the journey down to Mhlume in the Lowveld, home of the Kudu's Rugby Club to hold a Teachers Coaching Day. Fourteen teachers participated in the Coaching Day. Rugby Union Vice President, Sibusiso Nkambule also attended the Coaching Workshop. Nkambule thanked the teachers for making the time to attend the Coaching Workshop and assured them they would enjoy the Rugby experience.
The Rugby Union Development Coaches held a Tag Rugby Coaching Day for teachers on Friday. Eighteen teachers attended the Coaching Day from schools around Malkerns. "The aim of the Tag Rugby Coaching Days is to introduce the teachers to the game of Tag Rugby and get them to actually "play" Rugby. That way they know how to caoch, but more importantly they know how to "play" the game, said Head Development Coach, Mario De Sousa.