College starts new sports outreach drive

2013-09-03 00:00

THERE are a number of ways that the game of rugby can be spread among schoolboys in all areas, but particularly in the townships, where soccer is their main game. One of these is an outreach programme to train teachers in sports coaching.

The Headmaster’s Sport Outreach Initiative at Maritzburg College is aimed at educating and empowering teachers in sports coaching so that they may return to their respective schools and share their new-found knowledge.

Coaching and training courses in rugby, cricket and soccer will be offered and participating teachers will receive a certificate once they complete a course.

Sobantu High School is the first school to take advantage of the programme and as there were a number of pupils who expressed interest, they jumped at the idea of including these boys.

The first of the sessions takes place at Maritzburg College tomorrow afternoon.

The 18 boys and two staff members from Sobantu will have expert coaching from Ryan Strudwick and Graeme Waters.

Strudwick is College’s director of rugby and coach of the College 1st XV. He has a wealth of experience and holds an IRB Level 5 Coaching certificate. This he obtained after playing for the KZN Sharks before moving overseas where he played for both London Harlequins and then London Irish, before finishing his playing career in Ireland with Connacht.

Waters is the director of sport at Maritzburg College and has coached schools’ rugby at all levels during his teaching career of more than 30 years.

He also played for the College 1st XV and Natal Schools at Craven week in 1975.

College headmaster Chris Lumen said the programme is offered free of charge, utilising the school fields and facilities.

The first training session for the staff and boys from Sobantu High School will include basic rugby skills.

Maritzburg College hopes that this sports initiative will prove as successful as Khanyisa, the academic outreach programme that was established at College several years ago.

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