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Let’s Play School Rugby Programme


Background

The latest initiative from Let’s Play aims to share the fun of the game of rugby with as many children as possible, targeting non-playing rugby primary schools throughout the country by providing coaching clinics.

The Let’s Play School Rugby Programme in partnership with regional Rugby Union’s structures, provides a sustainable approach and introduces both boys and girls aged U9, to a safe, non-contact version of the game. The programme enhances the links between schools and community clubs, as well as creating equal access to all learners to participate in sport, especially at inter-school level.

Additionally and in the interest of sustainability, Principals of participating schools nominate one fulltime educator per school to be trained in Boksmart & Mini Rugby

Over 12 000 children from 400 schools across the country participate in these clinics.

In 2012, Let’s Play successfully launched the first Rugby league into 44 schools that was endorsed by the Gauteng Department of Education and the National Department in partnership with the Blue Bulls Rugby Union.

This project has been highly recommended by SA Rugby (SARU) and is currently being tabled as an example in their Transformation Document to introductive rugby in schools in the underprivileged communities.

Some of the project statistics:

Target age group – U9 boys and girls
Total teams participated – 1200
Total players participated – 12 000
Total TAG matches played – 13 860
Total educators trained - 600

Project Objectives

• Assist schools to create a sustainable rugby culture
• Present a progressive program incorporating various - formats and facets of rugby
• Present an inclusive program for both boys and girls (U9)
• Market and promote rugby within communities
• Empower clusters to host own schools leagues
• Training of coaches and officials
• Monitoring training sessions at schools
• Assist in Match fixtures
• Providing kit and equipment
• Creation of a talent identification program and development of talented rugby players
• Create a sustainable relationship with the Departments of Basic Education, Sport and Recreation, regional municipalities and rugby unions and any other role player that might contribute towards developing the game of Rugby.

Participating Rugby Unions include:

Blue Bulls Rugby Union
Natal Rugby Union
Western Province Rugby Union
Freestate Cheetahs
SWD Rugby Union
Boland Rugby Union
Valke Rugby Union
Golden Lions Rugby Union

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