Clubs reaching out and professional rugby on the cards

The good news this week is the government approval for a return to play for professional rugby under certain conditions. The directions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, with limited people allowed to attend games. At this stage, the target is to see the first matches played in mid-September. This is fantastic news for WP Rugby and our professional players, who we know can’t wait to back on the field.

We have now concluded the online planning sessions with all our regions involving more than ninety clubs. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and our clubs seem quite excited for the digital workshops rollout.

Our first workshop commences shortly with the first module of the media, marketing and sponsorship models. The workshops will roll out over four sessions with two leagues or regions at a time and the first leg looking at the club framework. The framework module considers your club infrastructure such as volunteers, databases and brand identity prior to launching the sponsorship plans.

There is no doubt that the impact of COVID-19 is having a devastating effect and many are struggling. The WPRFU has partnered with United Way a local NGO with a global footprint to somewhat help our club structures support those in need in their communities. United Way is sponsoring one thousand parcels with each parcel able to support a family of six.

Nominated club delegates will be collecting their parcels at DHL Newlands on Saturday 15 August. The DHL Stormers will be present to hand out the parcels and we are sure that our members will be thrilled to be on the grass during these difficult times.

It’s been heart-warming to see many of our club structures reach out to their members and local communities with outreach projects in place. Some of these projects are partnered with local NGO’s and some as club initiatives driven by the club itself.

In some cases, clubs have food pot cooking projects in place which see clubs gathering various groceries to contribute to the pot. These pots quite often have the capacity to feed a multitude of individuals. While other club structures collect ingredients to make soup or sandwiches, which are handed out to those in need, in most cases near the club location by management, coaches and players.

It’s again heart-warming to see how many players have stayed active within their club structures to help with cooking or hand-out process where possible. Please keep us informed of your outreach projects by sending an email to ffelton@wprugby.co.za

We would like to thank our partners African Bank for joining us together with the DHL Stormers at Eersterivier RFC, where together with some of our players we handed out several food parcels as part of a local food drive.

This week saw a number of our club members sign up for the fantastic benefits with African Bank. Our members are reminded to enter the competition to win a signed DHL Stormers Rugby Ball and go in the draw to win a Signed DHL Stormers Jersey.

The process is very easy, sign up for any of the African Bank services by simply sending the word “Hi” to 060 094 2028 on WhatsApp. Follow the prompts and then choose the number “1” for WP Rugby.