Gauteng Province launched Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute’s first-ever Women’s High Performance programme on Monday, 30 November 2020.

The initiative will not only produce sport excellence, but focus on the holistic development of women, through an on-site national academic qualification on life and mental skills.

In South Africa, there is an urgent need to accelerate the empowerment of girls and women in sport. Unfortunately, gender inequality is still a reality within sport around the world.

The gender gap within rugby, between men and women, is one of the greatest. UXI Sport have established a much-needed Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute (GWRI), that will assist in providing a significant and national pathway for women’s rugby in South Africa, specifically catering for the developmental gap from 18 until 24 years old.

UXI Sport is a subsidiary of Commerce Edge South Africa and also the operations partner of the Toyota Cheetah’s Institute of Excellence, the Western Province Rugby Academies, Griquas Rugby institute, Pumas Rugby Institute, and Boland Rugby Institute.

Women’s rugby is growing rapidly around the world, and South Africa is gaining momentum. The reality is that the areas within the country that hold the biggest pool of women’s rugby talent is within the rural and lower-economic areas.

These women come from difficult circumstances, and therefore have not been afforded the sporting opportunities that many others in the country have had access to.

The time is now to provide an opportunity for those who most need and deserve it. An opportunity that will transform the female sporting landscape of the country.

This rugby programme is completed by a female-rugby specific strength and conditioning programme, which is periodized and implemented with the effectively development of the player, as a woman, at the forefront.

A high-performance developmental programme is not just necessary, but crucial to become the future world women’s Springbok rugby champions!

“UXI Sport’s vision is to Inspire Greatness through Sports to life and beyond,” said COO Thea Visagie.

“We are passionate about the development and employability of the youth in South Africa, as well as bridging the gap within women’s rugby in the country.”

How Can You Get Involved in the Programme?

Many of the women applying for acceptance into this program at the GWRI, come from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, and will be unable afford the costs associated with High Performance training, academic program costs, accommodation and nutrition.

Your organisation can benefit from a Skills Development, CSI, BEE and tax relief benefit, as the GWRI is a registered NPC.

This contribution can be applied in the form of:

1) Monetary sponsorship/donation;

✓  full player GWRI programme (HP Rugby Programme and Academic qualification and Accommodation);

✓  partial player GWRI sponsorship (HP Rugby Programme ONLY and/or Academic qualification ONLY and/or Accommodation ONLY);

✓rugby-related resources sponsorship/donation such as kit, training equipment, transport, etc.

✓ Skills training and development through SDF funding

sponsorship/donation such as electronic devices for study completion; accommodation-related resources sponsorship/donation such as bedding, water and electricity, DSTv, desk chairs, security, recreational items etc.

For More Information, Contact:

Moonira Ramathula – Chair of GWRI [email protected]
+27 60 478 0532
Thea Visagie – COO UXI Sport [email protected]
+27 84 737 7540
Jaco Coetzer – Women’s Rugby Development Manager & Player Recruitment Consultant [email protected]
+27 74 189 2349