After last weeks announcement by SA Rugby that amateur rugby training may resume we have seen a breath of fresh air blow amongst our members. The initial phase allows for a four week period for strength and conditioning training, all according to strict COVID health and safety protocols.
SA Rugby also confirmed the restart of the amateur rugby season will follow a structured approach to ensure the health and safety of players and management are taken into consideration.
This announcement has seen a number of our COVID certified clubs return to training and although it’s early days the feedback so far is that the players are adjusting well. This was of course expected as we know many of our clubs have remained active with their members doing social activities which also includes COVID protocols.
To support our clubs during this time we will be hosting a COVID readiness online workshop for our coaches and COVID compliance officers this coming Monday 22 February. The workshop will not only includes the COVID regulation administrative factors pre and during training but also looks at post-training record keeping. Additional information on the practicalities of training during COVID will be included as well as the duties of the club COVID compliance officers.
Those clubs that are still to be COVID certified by the WPRFU are encouraged to do so as urgently. Clubs who already completed this process however do not need to apply again.
The Varsity Cup has been given the go-ahead for the 2021 season and we are proud to say that we will one gain be represented by Maties, UWC, and UCT and CPUT in the Varsity Shield.
2021 will see the continuation of our focus on the development of women’s rugby and the continuation of our exclusive women’s rugby coaching program which launched last year. As we see more clubs building their structures and looking to include women’s rugby at their clubs we anticipate that this programme will have a meaningful connection between the women we are enrolling on the course and the clubs with women’s rugby structures. As part of our strategy to grow women’s rugby, we will be engaging and supporting our club structures to follow suit.
This week saw us roll out the first of our forum meetings which saw our clubs engage the WPRFU. These sessions looked at club competitions for 2021, proposals for 2022 and return to training. This week rotated through Super League A, B and C at the DHL Newlands stadium boardroom and next week sees us engage the City & Southern Leagues, Northern and Paarl Leagues and Metro, Simonsberg and Sunday Leagues on 23,24, 25 February respectively.
We are happy to announce that our first World Rugby level one coaching courses will be held on 20th and 27th February 2021 at DHL Newlands and thereafter our World Rugby Level 2 course on 26 and 27 March 2021. Remember to complete your World Rugby passport before doing the course but in the meantime please put your name on the list as an interested party and we will correspond with you as and when we issue correspondence on coaching. Click here to add your name to the list.
We will announce the dates for our WP Rugby level 2.5 coaching courses shortly. These courses roll out over a six week period with a number of elements online. 2020 saw our coaching courses deliver fantastic results for several coaches and many enjoyed the interaction with each other as coaches were able to share their coaching successes and challenges with each other. We encourage all level 2 coaches to enrol for the WP Rugby 2.5 course as this course is designed to be the bridge between the World Rugby level two and three courses.
In addition to our coaching course, we will continue to empower our clubs by rolling out additional media, marketing and sponsorship workshops. Last year saw the start of the focus MMS courses which allowed for additional marketeers to be deployed at club level. We will now roll out additional courses which focus on the specifics of marketing your club and engaging your supporter’s club.
These sessions will add a practical element and will help our clubs improve their communication and exposure. The good news for anyone that missed any of the previous modules is that we will host a four-week catch-up course for those who might have missed any of the four modules these sessions run over a four consecutive day period starting on 1 March 2021.
This year will also see us roll out administrative education workshops that will deal with the details of the role of club management at an executive level. This will include matters such as constitutional processes and amendments, meeting procedures and policy implementation.