The rugby “gees” is certainly back in Western Province, our DHL Stormers got their Super Rugby campaign off to a good start with their win over the Emirates Lions and our DHL WP u21 side got their campaign started this weekend.
In addition to the rugby action, we’ve also been very busy preparing the DHL Newlands stadium for the string of matches to be played here over the next few months. With COVID regulations in place match day compliance and preparation has taken on a whole new meaning.
Over the past few months, we’ve carefully managed our players to make sure of their safety and compliance as per the return to play guidelines and of late we’re also tasked with preparing the stadium. This includes venue sanitization and screening the attendees for each event. These attendees are limited to players, management and media.
This past Saturday saw us open the door for SA Rugby as DHL Newlands hosted the Green vs Gold match which saw a number of our Springboks in action.
Our DHL Stormers team will face the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands on 17 October and we’re happy to note the number of players and management from our WP Club Rugby structures. New to the management team this year is forwards coach Rito Hlongwane who has not only played for Western Province but also coached at clubs such as Primrose and Villagers while Labeeb Levy has been instrumental at club rugby over many years including SK Walmers and Collegians.
Our DHL WP Rugby u21 which features ten WP Club Rugby players departed for Johannesburg this past Saturday to face The Vodacom Blue Bulls u21 side in the opening match of the SA Rugby u21 tournament on Sunday. Our players are ecstatic to be in the tournament as for many this is their final season u21. We now have a bye this week and the remainder of our fixtures are, Mon 12 Oct (Sharks), Fri 16 Oct (Free State) and Thur 20 Oct (Lions) with the semi-finals and finals on the 25th and 30th of October respectively.
DHL Newlands last week saw the start of our regional forum meetings to inform and assess the needs of clubs and plot the way forward. Although we await further announcements from government and SA Rugby we continue to look at the impact of COVID-19 on club rugby and the health and safety protocols going forward. These sessions are designed to have engagements between all stakeholders.
WP Rugby Coaching education manager Nazeem Adams this week announced the dates for the prospective coaching courses, starting on 6 November at Newlands for Clubs and Schools coaches. Courses include Fifteens level 1 and 2, Sevens Level 1 and Strength and Conditioning Level 1 and 2. For a full list of dates and deadlines please click here
Coaching applicants must be over 18 and have completed the World Rugby online passport and have completed the online tests which include Rugby Ready, Laws of the game, First Aid in Rugby and Concussion General. Here is the link. Prospective coaches are also required to complete the online COVID-19 certificate before attending the course. Here is the link to do the COVID 19 – Return to Play Awareness for Coaches & Players certificate
We’ve now moved into the second module of our Media, Marketing and Sponsorship course with several attendees from Super League A and B in attendance last week. This week we again work with Super League C and the City League. The second module takes a look at content marketing and the best media platforms to use at your club while making sure that you understand your target market. These components are particularly important for any club to gain membership and secure sponsorship.
One vital component for any club media and sponsorship manager is the need to understand their audience and as such they are required to survey their club audience. This helps understand the type of content our fans and members enjoy engaging with and the best way to reach them at the right time and place. You can help us by completing this short survey. The survey will run for the month of October and will then be provided to the MMS teams at each club. Please click here to do the survey now
Our WP Rugby referees society on Saturday teamed up with the Siya Kolisi foundation at City Park to drive awareness for referees and also build on their campaign to help their members.
Our members are reminded that the tentative date for the start of the World Rugby Referees Level 1 course is 17 October 2020. Applicants must please complete the pre-requisite courses in preparation of the World Rugby Level 1 course on the World Rugby website, the courses are 1. Rugby Ready, 2. Introduction to Rugby Refereeing, 3.Laws of the Game and 4. COVID19 Return to Play. Here is the link for the COVID 19 – Return to Play Awareness for Administrators. Once the course is completed a certificate is generated, this certificate needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Here is the link to the Rugby Ready course