MRFB rugby coaching courses

Raymond Jaravaza
RUGBY coaches in and around Bulawayo will next week get a rare opportunity to improve their coaching skills through a four-day coaching workshop organised by the Matabeleland Rugby Football Board (MRFB) in partnership the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU).

The coaching workshop will run from 16 to 19 June at the Hartsfield Rugby Ground and will be coordinated by ZRU director of rugby Brighton Chivandire.

Coaches that are involved with the game from high school up to club level are invited for the coaching workshop, according to MRFB chairman Theo Weale.

a�?Our aim is to cover as many schools and clubs as possible with the coaching workshop and we want to make sure all coaches in and around Bulawayo attend the program.

After we are done with the Hartsfield workshop we will consider grouping schools in the Western suburbs at a venue that is most convenient to them for the same coaching courses,a�? said Weale.

The MRFB boss further explained the benefits they hope coaches will gain at the end of the workshop.

a�?We will not be teaching the basics of rugby but we aim to implement a uniform structure that our local coaches will instill right from the schools, clubs and eventually up to the national level which is why the national rugby association (ZRU) found it prudent to partner the MRFB in hosting this workshop.

Areas that the director of rugby will be looking closely include breakdown management, scrummaging and attack from set pieces,a�? he said.

The coaches workshop is a first in the region since the MRFB executive took office last year as they hope to keep the rugby calendar busy in the Bulawayo region to bring back the game to its lost glory from schools rugby up to club level.