The Eye of the Tiger Rugby Academy (EOTT) is an initiative to harness and train a ready talent pool for the existing rugby structures and ultimately, the Springboks. This High Performance training Academy is designed to ensure the continuous development and supply of professional black rugby players i.e Blacks, Coloured and Indian from the primary base of communities and schools in South Africa especially rural and townships. The main objective is to ensure that there is enough talent to be passed on to the current Rugby unions for future use. A total 10% of white players will be included for those who qualify to fall within the disadvantaged category.
EOTT is registered as a Non Profit Organisation and has a functioning executive structure, with the Sports Trust, giving financial and auditing oversight. Its governance is fully compliant with the policy and legal framework of the country, and within which this Organisation is constituted. The members of Council have the responsibility to develop strict policies for the execution of its mandate by an administration bound by performance contracts. The Players of the Eye of the Tiger come from 5 National Provinces, Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Free State and are all from 18yrs to under 21 yrs.
The Eye of the Tiger’s mission is to train, educate and produce new talent for the game of Rugby, drawing its membership primarily from previously disadvantaged communities. An opportunity is being created for the discovery, harnessing and nurturing of young talent who have passion for the sport of rugby.
This will also be a springboard from which aspirant young rugby players can refine their skills and launch successful careers in professional and club rugby. A key output for this Academy would be a larger pool from which to select competent rugby players for the Currie Cup, Super 14, Springbok and global structures.
The ultimate achievement for the Eye of the Tiger would thus be the fulfilling of young Black children’s dreams of playing the game of rugby that they love to the pick.