All systems go, clubs in action, education rolls out and Newlands Heritage public participation open.

It’s all systems go at Western Province Rugby with all departments fully engaged at all levels, clubs are in action education programmes are rolling out and Newlands Heritage public participation is open.

This past weekend saw our WP Club Rugby squads play two informal matches against Boland at City Park with much energy and excitement. The players got to put their skills to the test with a view to the Amateur competition to be held in George from 27 April 2022, between Boland, Eastern Province, SWD, and Western Province.

Our women’s rugby players continue their hard work at the HPC and are again ahead of the game. This past week saw in excess of one hundred and fifty ladies in training as we get ready for the SA Rugby IPL which starts in May.

The SA Rugby U20 Cup sees our WP Rugby U20 side in action in less than fourteen days and sees our first match against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on 18 February 2023.

In the education department, we have already completed three World Rugby Level One Fifteens courses at a number of schools this January with a fourth to come this weekend. Our clubs can enroll their members for the first club coaches’ course which starts on 17 February 2023, click here

Additionally, we strongly encourage our members to enroll in the World Rugby Level One strength and conditioning course which starts on 3 March 2023. This course is vital to many aspects which play a critical role in the success of any team. Please click here to sign up.

Off the field, our club education and development calendar has been laid out and this year includes a refresher course for our current club MMS members who qualified in 2022 and again sees the four-module course starting soon. This course contains teaches the fundamentals of media, marketing, and sponsorship including the final stages of sponsorship sales and contracting.

This year sees us add additional administrative workshops to our existing list which now includes the regulatory topic of Norms and Standards. We encourage all our club leadership members to ensure their participation.

On a final note, we encourage all our members to engage in the public participation process regarding the declaration of Newlands as a Heritage site. Having consulted with experts we are of the opinion that Newlands does not qualify as a heritage site and as such we request our members and stakeholders to echo our sentiments for the sale of Newlands to move forward.

To add your voice to the public participation process please email Mr. Jonathan Windvoegel at Heritage Western Cape to email address before the close of business on 31 January 2023