Local businessperson and rugby rugby supporter, Nomathemba Gum, has launched the 2nd edition of her famous primary school girls tag competition at Wolfson stadium yesterday.
Attended by the local and provincial department of education officials, rugby legends, EPRU administrators, participating schools as well as general community members the event seek to introduce rugby to young school girls from communities around Port Elizabeth.
started in 2014, this program I started last year and focus mainly in primary schools from the Kwazakhele area which is where Nomathemba does her business.
“I once had a competition for high schools in 2013 and that program produced more than 10 players in different ep teams(u/18,u/16 &senior teams).Ep high schools Rugby has since taken over that program” said Gum.
Primary schools was always the main target of her involvement in the game because she believes in getting them from a young age. “Last year I decided to introduce 6 primary schools to tag rugby because I felt they were too small and young for contact rugby. I wanted to introduce them to rugby from an early age and also importantly to have fun & enjoy rugby without fear of being hurt as they are still small.I hope when they get to high school they will continue to play rugby and get introduced to full contact rugby.I also hope to get more players for my club” said Gum.
There’s 2 categories u/11 & u/14.It is going to start as a league then will have a knockout competition for the top 4 in both categories. Last year the u/11 & u/14 league was won by Ebongweni then the knock out comp in top 4 . Ebongweni won the u/11 & Ben Snuka won the u/14 section.They got the shorts as their prizes. This year am hoping to get more sponsors and some companies have promised but will see and am looking forward to an exciting season and will be around also this time.
Coaching Clinics Venue :Wolfson stadium
Date : 22 July 2015
Fixture starts on the 29 July 2015
Girls – Under 11 years
Girls – Under 14 years
COACHING CLINICS CONDUCTED BY
Schools coaches assisted by Lucky Mange – Sport Ambassador P.E.
CO ORDINATOR- Mava Luphondwana
MEDIA LIAISON-Sipiwo “Speech’ Boqwana