Coach Jerome Paarwater bringing club rugby players to the next level.

This past Monday saw the continuation of the club rugby special project, which sees Coach Jerome Paarwater bringing club rugby players to the next level.

The project has players from various clubs attend our high performance centre to undergo testing and exercise education in the initial phases. The first group was attended by players primarily from Busy Bees rugby club, who under the guidance of conditioning coach Rifaat Jappie underwent fitness tests and strength training and conditioning exercises.

For these players this is a fantastic opportunity which sees them train at our world class facility with highly qualified trainers, and rub shoulders with some our professional players.
The next phase of the project sees the players return to the HPC with strongman and field training sessions.
This week also saw the return to the field of many clubs, who have now begun their off season training. Reportedly most clubs have begun with gym programs which primarily include functional fitness training methods. We’re happy to see that the clubs are this progressive and not solely relying on gym membership to improve strength and conditioning. Functional fitness essentially being that the athletes are training closer to the real aspect of the body movement they might ordinarily experience in their sport activity. This type of training is particularly useful as many clubs are now using creative methods to train, including sandbags, tyres and various other easy to come by resources.
On the competition front Durbell RFC are hard at work in preparation for the Gold Cup which kicks off on 9 March 2019. As we’ve seen with many of our clubs, Durbell took to the Crossfit Gym in Durbanville with coaches Johan Kotze and Barry Conradie, where the players focused on the technical aspects of training.  The tournament will see sixteen provincial club teams play through to 14 April 2019.
Our school rugby players are now on exams and under the guidance of Coach Wilfred Cupido now have received their training programs which they can use when not with us. We’ll see them return to the HPC in February as they begin preparation for the Grant Khomo and Craven week tournaments.
In addition to the formal training and other rugby activities we have a number of social events happening over the next few weeks. The WPRFU will be supporting a number of these events with planning and referees. The first on the calendar being the Kolbe sevens tournament on Saturday, 1 December at the Eikendal sport facility in Kraaifontein.