This past week saw yet another big week for WP Rugby as a number of clubs returned to training, the start of our online education series, our Women’s Rugby return and our DHL Stormers side making their debut at the Cape Town Stadium.
Our club rugby coaches and COVID compliance officers took to the online arena as we presented a comprehensive online briefing on COVID-19 and return to training. The course saw in excess of seventy-five club rugby members discuss various matters of return to training according to the SA Rugby guidelines and WPRFU requirements.
Even though the practical return to training can seem somewhat daunting it’s been impressive to see how well how clubs have been dealing with the process and doing so in a very serious disciplined manner. Some of our clubs have not only been practising the pre-training compliance but also filming and broadcasting their sessions via social media platforms. These initiatives go a long way in educating fellow clubs and bringing further awareness to the health and safety requirements.
The week saw a start to the online registration for our World Rugby courses with our next course for World Rugby Fifteens Level One scheduled for 6 March 2021. We encourage all our members to get started and signup. Coaching rugby is a fantastic way to get involved in the world of rugby at Western Province. Click here to register now.
Last week saw the ball start rolling with more than fifty members of our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad in attendance at DHL Newlands with a briefing from our National Women’s Rugby team Coach Stanley Raubenheimer. The session was thoroughly enjoyed as he gave a detailed explanation of the national team goals. We look forward to supporting our Women’s Rugby squad members to give them every opportunity to stay on the national radar.
This coming week sees the resurgence of our Media, Marketing and Sponsorship courses as we host a catch-up course for those that might have missed a module last year. Upon completion, the successful candidates will receive a certificate of completion from the WPRFU and a custom-designed T-Shirt courtesy of CTC Sports.
The T-Shirt design choice saw a collaborative effort between MMS candidates who were given a choice of four different options. We will showcase the design to you shortly. By all accounts and considering the choices made through the voting platform our MMS members are looking for a vibrant and dynamic set of apparel.
Our DHL Stormers embarked on a new era this weekend and played their first match at the Cape Town Stadium. The match was a preparation match against the Toyota Cheetahs with Chris van Zyl leading the charge as Captain.
The season ahead will see teams from eight local unions each play four matches – two at home and two away to meet the teams’ high-performance needs against the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic with each team playing over a ten-day cycle.
Although there is much excitement in the rugby ranks with the return to training activities, we remind our members that the COVID pandemic is still a threat and we need to do everything in our power to guard against the spread of the virus.
It’s crucial that all clubs and participants adhere fully to the return to training regulations and continue to follow the national health and safety guidelines including social distancing, washing your hands regularly and always wearing a mask.