Vikings prepare to conquer
The daunting pre-season has started for a team determined for success.
28 January 2019 | Sports
Jaco Barnard; head coach; “The only way to the top is by working hard as a team.”
Head coach Jaco Barnard said that the team's first training session of the 2019 season which took place on 14 January was a successful one.
“Pre-season is widely regarded as a daunting period for players, full of punishing sessions to get them fit and ready for the season ahead. We try to keep it as interesting as possible. There is unfortunately no way to get around the hard work that has to be done. So at this point, from a coaching perspective, we are really satisfied by the work-rate of the team. The passion and eagerness shown by the players at this stage is an exciting prospect.”
Barnard explained what SFC Vikings is looking to improve in the upcoming season.
“If you want to evolve, improvement is the keyword and the only way to do this is by keeping one step ahead. For the 2019 season our goal is to evolve our training as we want to deliver a better on-field performance. We also want to build on our existing team culture, not just among the players, but the greater Vikings family as well as by creating an extended family environment at the SFC, our home ground. We want to make a difference through rugby and bring people at the coast together. We will also look to improve on the development of women rugby players as well as junior boys and girls. Giving back to our community by getting involved in more charity projects is also an important area of focus for us.”
Bernard said that the team learned the previous season that success is achieved through hard work.
“Success isn't owned, it is leased, and rent is due every day. The only way to the top is by working hard as a team. American baseball player Babe Ruth once said ‘the way a team works together as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't work together as a team, the club won't be worth a dime’ and that's something we live by. With hard work, there are no limits and this year will be no different.”
He shared the expectations of the team for the upcoming season.
“Our main aim for the 2019 season will be to further develop our players' overall athletic ability and to carry that through onto the pitch. We will open our very own Vikings conditioning centre at SFC by the end of February and start with functional strength training for rugby specifically. Schools will also be approached to further develop talent that's coming through the systems we put in place at the club. We want to see players succeed not only on the pitch, but in their life and careers as well. If you look at it from that perspective, there is no better tutor than sport.”
The team made a few signings and any players who want to join the team, are welcome to do so.
“We do have some new players that will be joining our ranks this year. If you really want to be a Viking, you will become a Viking. We are all about our slogan: Bound by brotherhood, backed by values. We are a close-knit family and our doors are open to any players that wish to become part of this family, its family values and code of rugby. Our training days are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 18:00 at the SFC in Swakopmund.”
He also thanked all the sponsors who invested in the team and who made it possible for keeping the club on the pitch with their contributions.
The SFC Vikings were crowned champions of the Namibia Rugby Union first division in 2018, after beating Oranjemund Rugby Club 27-19.