YTC Festival, coaching courses and u20 success

The past few days has seen a number of highlights and activities for our clubs, our women’s rugby structures, and our various rugby departments, including a celebration of Heritage Day at DHL Newlands.

Following the recent success of our Women’s Rugby Collective which saw a number of our Women’s Rugbyleaders create awareness for Women’s Rugby through the World Literacy outreach campaign in partnership with United Way and Pay it Forward our YTC programme saw additional excitement this past weekend.

After the YTC festival at City Park last week which saw just over one hundred and thirty women and girls from various schools and youth structures many of the same players this weekend returned to DHL Newlands to celebrate Heritage Day.

This Women’s Collective Heritage Day initiative saw in excess of twelve clubs play in a series six-touch rugby, with many of the teams sporting their unique self-designed jerseys. The day saw much excitement and energy from the clubs as the teams played in a series of round-robin matches in a sunny day with braai food sponsored by Six-Gun grill.

After months of inactivity, we now see some momentum with club rugby activities as a number of our clubs take advantage of the opportunity to keep their members active by engaging in approved friendlies. Amongst others, some clubs such as Gardens, Police, Faure and Blue Jets have created a round-robin competition amongst themselves and last weekend saw Gardens (45) host Police(21) with the spoils going to Gardens. The Busy Bees(58) and Blue Jets(38) resulted in a close game with the bragging rights going to Busy Bees. This weekend Faure host Police and Blue Jets vs Gardens.

Members are reminded that all friendlies must be authorised by the WPRFU in advance and that all COVID safety protocols are required.

Our DHL WP Rugby u20 side put in a solid performance to draw against the Lions u20 side in Johannesburg last week and this week went a step further to beat the Cell C Sharks 48-21 at DHL Newlands. We now next travel to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Free State u20 side on 9 October 2021.

Our DHL Stormers team who departed for Europe last week to play in the Vodacom United Rugby Championships opened their campaign against Benneton at Stadio Comunale Treviso (Italy) this Saturday and now go on to face Munster in Ireland.

Our next World Rugby level one Fifteens coaching course is on 1 October 2021. Entries for this course closes this Monday 27 September 2021 (Please click here to sign up now). Participants are reminded to complete the World Rugby passport in advance.

For those interested in coaching sevens rugby now is a great opportunity to get started as we host our next World Rugby Sevens course on 22 October 2021.

Considering the constant excitement for Sevens rugby and the fact that club sport is re-inventing itself in terms of activity and participation numbers we expect this course to be sold out soon. To sign up for any of these and other courses please click here to sign up now.

Our WP Rugby Referees society will be hosting two junior rugby referee’s courses for boys and girls on 4, 5 October and 6,7 October for Girls and Boys respectively. The course includes Boksmart, Mini Rugby, Assistant Referees and the practical aspects of refereeing.

The course which will be held at the Jan Kriel High School in Kuilsriver includes goodies bags and the option to stay over.

To find out more or to sign-up please contact the WP Rugby Referees department at email referees@wprugby.co.za. In addition to the referees, qualification candidates may also qualify for future duties at the HSBC sevens and when the DHL WP Rugby teams play.