Cape Town – A new rugby initiative aimed at promoting talented black professional rugby players is set to hold an exciting rugby clinic.
The clinic will run from 7 – 9 August 2011, where it’s first under-18 & under-21 squads will be announced and its jerseys revealed.
The initiative, called the Eye of the Tiger Rugby Academy (EOTT), aims to provide a ready pool of talent to existing rugby structures and ultimately the Springboks.
This clinic will be EOTT’s first training camp to bring together rugby players from five provinces namely Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape and Free State.
EOTT draws boys from the primary base of previously disadvantaged communities and schools in South Africa together for a three-day programme of intensive training which will culminate in the selection of the Eye of the Tiger squads. This will be followed by the revealing of the official jersey of the Eye of the Tiger.
“There is tremendous enthusiasm among the players and the coaches themselves. We are all excited at our first national effort for our boys to show off what they have learned so far,” said Viwe Qegu, founder and president of the academy.
“The clinics will be offered regularly as part of the academy’s objective to provide high-performance rugby training to players. They fit in with our aim to empower and expand the performance capacity of black rugby players who otherwise would not receive the opportunity elsewhere either because of the prohibitive cost of getting into a reputable rugby academy or, commonly, that their talent was not unearthed and polished.
“We firmly believe that this is a worthwhile endeavor which is of great benefit to the talented rugby youth of our country,” Qegu added.
Qegu is a former South African Rugby President’s Council member and South African National Aerobic Champion and fitness trainer. She taught aerobics in various sports clubs, gymnasiums and platforms in South Africa.
Qegu believes that rugby as a sport has never been actively promoted in many previously disadvantaged areas, and that there is very little organised, formal sport in most township and rural schools in South Africa.
“I believe this is largely because of lack of resources and facilities not lack of talent. This initiative will ensure that quality training, support are availed to individuals who have the talent to be involved in the rugby sport,” she says.
“We believe that once their talent is nurtured, the EOTT boys will be a national asset to the country and contribute to the growth of rugby in the country. Investing in their talent is investing in our future as a country”, said Qegu.