Investec Rugby Academy in Pietermaritzburg
Former Springboks, professional coaches and provincial players are offering parents a solution to the dilemma of keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays with fun, educational courses. Taking place from December 13 to 19 at St Charles College, players aged 7 to 17 and coaches of all levels will have the opportunity to learn from these role models as part of the Investec International Rugby Academy’s December holiday courses.
Among those contributing to the academy this year will be former Springboks Bryan Habana, Braam van Straaten, John Smit, André Pretorius and Ian MacDonald, as well as iconic KZN and international coaches Ian McIntosh and Dick Muir.
In the picture: Dick Muir gives instruction to some of the talent to grace tomorrow’s rugby fields. Picture: Supplied
“Together we all have a great deal of specialisation and by bringing this sort of expertise together sets a certain standard. We aim to give players the right knowledge for the right start,” says former All Black Captain and academy mental toughness coach, Murray Mexted.
Regardless of team, school or level of the game, these greats hope to inspire a passion for the game in young players and teach them valuable life skills, while fast-tracking their abilities.
“We put players in pressure situations to learn to make decisions and, also, not to be scared when they make mistakes. A platform like the academy is a great way to enhance yourself as an individual and as a player or coach, and to be able to be taught by players who have experienced the professional game,” says current Sharks consultant coach and former Springbok assistant coach, Dick Muir.
“Knowledge-sharing, especially among coaches, is one of the most important things in the game. If we can introduce an environment or culture of knowledge-sharing by creating a network among players and coaches, it makes everyone comfortable to, not only learn something new, but to be able to impart something that has worked for them,” says former Springbok Captain, John Smit.
For more information visit www.investecacademy.com or contact Greg or Bernadine Miller on 031 940 5565.