The South African Rugby Legends Association (Sarla) and SA Rugby hosted the first ever World Rugby Level One training course for women at Newlands in Cape Town last weekend.
The first session of its kind and exclusively for women, it was part of the association’s mission to empower 600 women to become coaches, with a strong focus on the importance of giving women opportunities to upskill in the school and club environments.
Further training will be held in other districts later in March.
Jordan Konnight from Milnerton, who participated in the course, says, “Rugby has always been a big part of my life and it’s such an honour for me to be involved in the sport. I’ve learned to be more assertive and to voice my opinions on the field. There is so much untapped potential. And for Sarla to empower 600 women as coaches is so amazing. Thanks to the SA Rugby Legends. We can’t wait to transfer this knowledge to our communities.”
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These courses signal a renewed focus on professional women’s rugby as the Springbok Women prepare for the Rugby World Cup scheduled to be held in New Zealand this September. SA Rugby’s first High Performance Manager for Women’s Rugby, Lynne Cantwell, will be joining the team for the tournament.
Gavin Varejes, President of Sarla says, “We’re very excited to be a part of this initiative. We have so many talented female players who deserve the opportunity to receive the best training possible, and we have some of the best coaches on board to make this happen. Quality coaching is a much-needed commodity in rugby. We want to see a long-term impact on the sport.”
Jeanette Bailey from Mitchell’s Plain, who also participated, says, “This was a momentous occasion and I’m so proud to have been a part of it. Our generation has seen so many male coaches and this is proof that female coaches are equally capable.”
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