Rugby Africa engaging players online

Includes women

27 August 2020 | Sports

Khaled Babbou; Rugby Africa president; “The success of the virtual webinar series confirms our mission of continuous efforts of developing rugby further on the continent.”

Many sports teams are struggling to keep athletes fit due to the barring of contact sports during the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, Rugby Africa has implemented a strategy to keep their players engaged.

A webinar series, under the Rugby Africa Academy, aims to bring face-to-face training and educational programming to keep players ready to resume physical training once contact sport is again allowed.

More than 400 players have taken part in 28 of the webinars, which started with a Rugby Referee workshop by Mudiwa Mundawarara, referee manager for Rugby Africa. This was followed by a Trainers and Educators program and a Quality Assurance and Continued Development Program.

Impressed with the outcome and encouraged to continue this route, Rugby Africa decided to create the Rugby Africa Academy where all the virtual offerings are united under one umbrella.

In the coming weeks, Women’s Rugby Manager Maha Zaoui will organise an online plenary conference for women in rugby in Africa. The event will also see the launch of the African Women Rugby Network (AWRN) where all network members will be invited to fill the newly created network with life.

More workshops for match officials are already in the pipeline and Rugby Africa is working on the roll out plan for the coming months, covering sessions on a variety of topics such as conditioning, positioning or 7s rugby. In the future,
Rugby Africa also plans to set up training and education workshops dedicated to women and girls in rugby.

Continuous efforts

“The success of the virtual webinar series confirms our mission of continuous efforts of developing rugby further on the continent. I am proud of everyone involved who have resorted to the use of technology and have adapted to the current circumstances,” says Khaled Babbou, the president of Rugby Africa.

Rugby Africa has 39 members, including 22 members and associated members of World Rugby, 10 members and associated members of Rugby Africa and 16 new countries collaborating with the body.

Created in 1986, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), previously the African Confederation of Rugby (Confédération Africaine de Rugby - CAR), is one of six regional associations composing World Rugby (www.WorldRugby.org), the international organisation responsible for the governing of Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens.

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