Clubs become creative and members using technology for advancement

Traditionally the Easter weekend has been a big weekend for many of our WPFRU Clubs. Although we would not have had any formal fixtures many of our clubs would have had their Easter weekend rugby festivals.

This weekend would have seen more than ten of our clubs travel to Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape for the traditional annual Easter weekend rotational tournament, and we would have seen Kuilsrivier RFC take part in the Saldanha Bay tournament as well as a host of other planned festivals.

Many of these festivals would have involved clubs from across the leagues and some from our neighbouring provinces.

The past week has been a busy week for us at Western Province as we moved all work to the online platform. We are engaging with our management team as often as before and although the lockdown has been extended, we continue to plan for the season, only that we are doing so in an adjusted manner with no proposed date structure.

It’s been refreshing to see how our clubs and players have adapted under these difficult conditions and have found various ways to remain active. Some of our clubs have come up with creative physical challenges and are sharing their homemade videos with each other in the team environment. Additional fun elements we see are clubs sharing cooking videos, coach impersonations and home-based match re-enactments.

Our referee’s society has continued their work of brushing up on the laws via the online platform and this includes conference calls with international colleagues.

We remind our members that our referee’s recruitment program continues and we request that all clubs nominate a minimum of two individuals from their respective clubs to join the referee’s society. Now is a good opportunity to get started by completing the mandatory online component.

Our DHL Stormers players remain active under the lockdown conditions and have been busy with home-based high-performance training to ensure their strength and conditioning programs remain in effect as we await further announcements related to the international sports calendar.

Prior to the lockdown, our DHL Stormers took part in a multicast musical with friends featuring the Jonny Clegg hit song “The Crossing”. The team had some great fun doing this and showed their ability to reach out to friends and fans under difficult conditions, Please click here to enjoy now.

Our provincial coaches have been doing online technical sessions with the national coaching department on various components of the game including kicking, attack and defence. Included in the sessions has been instructional video and video analysis which has been quite educational for all of us.

We pass our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mr Victor “Pang” Thomas, a stalwart of Hands & Hearts RFC who passed on in this week. Mr Thomas was very instrumental in the junior structures and served the club as 1st team manager for many years.

We also extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mr Johan Kotze who sadly passed away this week after a long struggle with cancer. Johan has been a stalwart of club rugby having coached at many clubs and coaching Durbanville to the 2019 championships.

On a final note, we would like to remind all our members to remain isolated during the lockdown period. It’s imperative that everyone abides strictly with the regulations that have been issued and at all times remember to practice social distancing and the required hygiene protocols. These protocols include washing your hands and sanitizing frequently.

Stay Isolated, Stay Safe, Stay Active