Archives July 2021

DHL Women successful season, Club leadership Webinars and u20’s getting ready

Last week was a busy week for us as we rolled out more club online activities, prepared for our WP Rugby Women’s side in the finals, and supported international events.

After months of hard work, our DHL WP Rugby Women’s side played in the finals of the Women’s Premier Division against Border at DHL Newlands this past Friday. Although things did not go our way the entire squad deserves a tremendous pat on the back.

Not only have we seen a fantastic team effort from players and management on the field but also off the field as we’ve seen several of our squad promoting Women’s Rugby. We also commend our clubs who have supported their Women players to get to this level.

We will continue to build on the momentum gained for Women’s Rugby and will continue to seek Women Club Rugby representatives. Clubs are reminded to nominate at least one Women’s Rugby representative. Please click here to sign up

Last Monday saw us host the second in our club leadership workshops as we focused on the “Role of the Executive” at club level. The online session looked at the various roles of elected and co-opted Executive Committee members as well as the formulation of sub-structures such as commissions and committees. The substructures are particularly useful to assist with delivering on the clubs strategic objectives. We strongly recommend formulating these types of structures to not only help take the pressure off the Exco structures but also as an opportunity to bring more volunteers on board to support the club and prepare the next generation.

The next session for club leadership is scheduled for 27 July 2021 as we look at meeting preparation and delivery. The session will look at elements such as pre-meeting communication, preparing the agenda, chairing the meeting, and post-meeting communication. 

This week Thursday 22 July 2021 we look at the skills of TV and online presentation presented by local Cape Rugby TV presenter JP Naude. Although many of you might not be planning a TV career these skills are particularly useful for YouTube, Streaming, and Online presentation. The session will include several aspects such as getting comfortable behind the camera, preparing your content and sound and lighting. If you are interested in this Webinar please click here to sign up now.

 Next week sees us move to a much lighter side of rugby as we host our first online trivia quiz show. The quiz will include several trivia questions on club rugby sourced from our members. We expect the session to be great fun and encourage all to sign up.

Last week saw the start of the “Women’s Collective” this campaign is geared to promoting the development of WP Women’s Rugby by uniting all current and former WP Women’s Rugby players and management. We will shortly host our first meeting for this group of extraordinary Women.

Last week saw an excited WP Rugby u20 squad return to training after a week off and many of the players return from national duty. The squad training continues in preparation for the SA Rugby u20 Currie Cup.

This past weekend saw an exciting opportunity for our DHL Stormers side who tackled the British and Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium. Behind the scenes, we’ve been working hard to support SA Rugby in the rollout of these matches and we’re very excited that our members and fans have the opportunity to watch their favourite sport.

Clubs stay connected and more DHL WP Rugby Women’s Team heading to the finals.

The past seven days have been fruitful for our club rugby structures and we remain in good spirits following more good news from our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad.

The good news from our Women’s Rugby Division this past week was the conclusion of the round-robin of the Women’s Premier Division and our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Team ending on top of the log. We now host the Border Ladies at DHL Newlands in the finals on 16 July 2021. We go into the match as defending champions after securing the national title in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The team amassed an incredible 343 points with only 73 points scored against them and a points difference of 270. The pre-season strength and conditioning training has clearly paid dividends.

Last week saw the resumption of our online workshops for clubs as we presented a webinar on club membership recruitment and rejuvenation. The session looked at various recruitment methods which include growing segments of the club such as youth, women and girls, and past players. The presentation placed a lot of emphasis on the fact that club administrators should continuously look to grow their members base beyond only those that play as registered members.

Additionally, we considered that community sport is under global pressure to find creative ways to stimulate membership and as such we reminded our clubs of the importance of staying connected with their members and fans. Simple solutions such as sharing birthday wishes on WhatsApp, congratulating a member on a newborn or sharing an old photo memory will go a long way towards letting your members know you still care and are always thinking of their interest.

Our next webinar is now for club leadership this Monday as we look at the “Role of the Executive”. This workshop is geared to supporting our club structures with the administrative function of a club structure. In this space, we realise that most amateur sports administrators are volunteers and need as much support and guidance as possible. Any club executive member wishing to attend this workshop should be in touch with their club secretary to signup.

Last week Thursday saw our Club High-Performance structures present another workshop for just over seventy of our club coaches. The session was presented by DHL WP Rugby Skills coach Labeeb Levy who delivered a fascinating first-hand view of skills for attacking rugby at a professional level and the work behind the scenes.

After a week off from training and following the return from the national team and their experience in the international series, our DHL WP Rugby u20 players now return to training at the HPC as they prepare for the upcoming u20 Currie Cup.

As you know we continue our drive to grow Women’s Rugby and we remind our clubs to appoint a Women’s Representative within their club structure so that we may engage in a meaningful full manner. This person will be dedicated to the task of growing the Women’s structure at their respective club. Any person wishing to take on this role to help their club can sign up here. We will then invite you to the various engagements which are structured to place you in a position to take up the challenges with the tools you need.

Further to the initiative to grow Women’s Rugby at club level, we have now embarked on an additional campaign ie “The Women’s Collective” this collective is made up of WP Rugby Women’s players, coaches, and administrators who formerly represented WP Rugby together with our current players. This group of leaders and role models will engage regularly to share experiences and memories to help stimulate the excitement of Women’s rugby.