UCT rugby reaches out to Nyanga youth
THE UCT rugby club and Bishops' Prep have over the past few months been running a development programme for aspiring young rugby players from schools in Nyanga.
Twice a week, Bishops bus in 60 boys from John Palm and Liwa primary schools, who are then put through their paces by UCT under-21 players. Bishops have been funding the programme – including post-training snacks – while UCT contributes rugby balls.
Run by Spencer King, administrator for the UCT rugby club, and Bishops' Brendon Fogarty (UCT's under-21 coach), Richard Skeeles and Gareth Shaw (UCT under-19 coach), the rugby clinics are used by the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) as a pilot project for a form of rugby called tag rugby. This is a non-contact variation of the sport that is an ideal way to introduce young kids to the game, says King.
The plan is to host these rugby clinics with the same 60 players, 30 from each school, over the next two years. Long-term plans include extending the programme to cater to the kids' educational needs by, for example, providing them with books and assistance from Bishops' teachers, adds King.
With sufficient support and funding, it is also hoped that some time in the future selected learners would be awarded bursaries to study at Bishops and UCT.
Getting into the swing of things
THE UCT Rugby Club will host its annual fundraising expedition, Golf Day, at the Rondebosch Golf Club on September 27.
Organisers would like to invite members of the UCT community to take part in this year's festivity. The tee-off times will begin at 11h44 with the last fourball teeing off at 13h46.
Tee-off times will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. The cost of a fourball is R600 or R150 per player.
The Club is also looking to get individual holes sponsored. The cost of sponsoring a hole is R1 200 and will allow the sponsor to place advertising and do promotions anywhere along the hole, provided it does not interfere with the golf.
Prizes will be awarded.
For more information, please contact Paul de Waal on 082 466 1697 or firstname.lastname@example.org