Sport slowly but carefully back online while rugby waits

There was a tremendous amount of good news for the sport sector this week as we saw the Minister of Sport approving the return to training for some sport codes. All of these approvals are off course under very strict regulations as per government approvals.

As a rugby fraternity, we remain under lockdown rules and await further regulations from the government, rugby remains in waiting and will follow the guidelines from SA Rugby as and when they arrive.

This past week saw us hold our second online meeting with all the clubs. The meeting allowed for direct engagement with members via MS Teams. As the host, The President was able to inform the members of the meeting matters and members were able to engage online. In particular, the most recent meeting endorsed some significant new ventures for the WPRFU. Click here to read the full article.

The threat of COVID-19 remains very real and as such we are taking all precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and members. This includes temperature checks at entrances with comprehensive questionnaires.

When clubs do eventually get the go-ahead for training the matter of compliance will be a major focus. This will include advance screening and temperature checks. It is a good idea to begin preparing now to understand the various requirements. As a starting point, we recommend our members complete the world rugby player welfare courses. These courses are free of charge and will put you in good stead to understand the Corona Virus and the various methods of spread and prevention. You can find the link here.

Our WP Rugby 2.5 coaching course now goes into its final week. This past week focussed on skills with DHL Stormers manager Chippie Solomons. This session was particularly helpful for the coaches as Chippie brings a wealth of experience to the table. He highlighted that the role of the manager has changed tremendously over the past few years and much greater than simple logistics. And although the manager plays an integral part in player welfare there should be a clear understanding between coach and manager on role definition, as strictly speaking the manager would have very little to do with matters such as coaching and team selection.

We will shortly be hosting our online media, marketing and sponsorship workshops. We’ve been running this course for several years now. This is a good time to look at making sure your websites and social media platforms are up and running.

Our members are reminded of the fantastic benefits with African Bank and to enter the competition to win a signed DHL Stormers Rugby Ball and go in the draw to win a Signed DHL Stormers Jersey.

The process is very easy, sign up for any of the African Bank services by simply send the word “Hi” to 060 094 2028.

Once again we remind our administrators, coaches, player and fans to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations and to practice these health and safety protocols at all times.