SARU puts Girls and Women in the Spotlight during Community Rugby Workshop

Increasing the number of girls playing rugby and finding more women rugby coaches and referees, were high on the agenda at SA Rugby's recent two-day Community Rugby Workshop, which was attended by 63 delegates from all 15 unions, marking a significant refocusing for the sport in the pursuit of rugby development. Photo: SA Rugby

Increasing the number of girls playing rugby and finding more women rugby coaches and referees, were high on the agenda at SA Rugby’s recent two-day Community Rugby Workshop, which was attended by 63 delegates from all 15 unions, marking a significant refocusing for the sport in the pursuit of rugby development.

The workshop, organised by SA Rugby’s Strategic Performance Management Department, was attended by the organisation’s leadership (President, Mark Alexander, CEO Rian Oberholzer and Executive Council members) as well as other key stakeholders such as schools and the SA Rugby Legends.

“This robust attendance is a testament to our collective commitment to the growth and advancement of rugby. The foundation of rugby is our strength in diversity and our constant pursuit of excellence, which underlines our motto, “Stronger Together”,” Alexander said.

Oberholzer said the workshop had a clear focus to identify gaps in the community game and find ways to address them: “The purpose of this workshop was clear — to address current limitations and create a roadmap for the sustainable growth of rugby in South Africa.

“It is crucial that we approach this task with inclusivity, ensuring that SA Rugby and its members stand united in our efforts. The intent was always to unite community rugby administrators and key stakeholders to cross-pollinate and learn. We have certainly done this,” he said.

Oberholzer also said he was happy that the workshop had addressed current limitations in the game in South Africa.

“The workshop aligned with the ultimate goal of increased participation and sustainable growth in the sport, including female players, referees, coaches, and administrators,” he said.

“We need more educators, trainers and referees, and have asked the unions to nominate people accordingly. The same goes for the urgent prioritisation of addressing the lack of qualified women’s coaches.”

The workshop concluded with a unified commitment to driving positive change and growth within the South African rugby community.


Photo caption: Increasing the number of girls playing rugby and finding more women rugby coaches and referees, were high on the agenda at SA Rugby’s recent two-day Community Rugby Workshop, which was attended by 63 delegates from all 15 unions, marking a significant refocusing for the sport in the pursuit of rugby development. Photo: SA Rugby

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