We’re really pleased that the latest issue of Mountain Pro Magazine had a three page feature on our outdoor first aid training course. The ongoing snowy conditions provided a great backdrop to another very hands on and practical course as well as making for some great photos of the group training in the snow – to quote the article “having the cold, wet snowed pressed against our faces is enough to focus the mind”!
Today we are really delighted to share with you the latest news from our sponsored expedition Bhubesi Pride’s Rugby in Africa 2013. Since leaving our pre-trip and preparation expedition training week in Ascot the team have spent the past 54 days completely engrossed in Africa’s most unique rugby and community development programme… and we want to share with you their progress so far!
OFFICIAL PROJECT VIDEO PART ONE
For the team, Ryan, Juan Pablo, Guillaume, Ben, Jonathan and Mike, their journey started in full when they came together in Ascot [UK] on the 25th January. Training Expertise were really pleased to provide a range of field safety training to prepare them. We covered advanced outdoor first aid, and 4×4 training to prepare the team for their Year 2 initiative, building on the foundations laid in 2012. Below is the team’s first video update, see the team thrown into project work in Ethiopia and Kenya and how partner communities are continuing to embrace rugby, with the focus to unite, empower and inspire…
For a country with the least knowledge of rugby of the ten countries in which Bhubesi Pride works, it was a humbling and rewarding experience for all team members to witness clear progression and continue to contribute to the development of the game here. Their base was the town of Adama – not far from Addis Ababa and Bhubesi Pride’s third visit to the region since 2011. They worked with three schools, with boys and girls, enthusiastic local staff willing to learn themselves, as well as four hugely passionate player-coaches from Nyalas Rugby Club, who made the journey from the capital everyday, taking advantage of a great community rugby week!
After a grueling journey to Nairobi (northern Kenya’s roads make life tricky even for the toughest of 4x4s), Bhubesi Pride’s team engaged in a multi-layered week of sustainably sensitive activities, geared largely around a partner school, Shadrack Kimalel, on the edge of the Kibera Slum.
Knowing the challenges here, work was to be given a huge lift with supporting organisations and individuals, all interested in offering a helping hand, given their growing relationship(s) with the Pride. Brookhouse International School (our hosts for the week) provided us with six rugby scholars to assist with coaching on three consecutive days, the Kenya Sevens set-up spared Chris Brown and five international players …
Continuing to strengthen our great working link with the Uganda Rugby Union, daily coaching clinics ran each morning, in the cooler section of the day, together with players from Jinja Nile RFC. Like in Nairobi, G4S [Uganda] sent four excellent Health & Safety [Life Skills] Educators from Kampala on two of the days, which complemented the faster-paced sports sessions perfectly. The tournament at Jinja Nile RFC on International Women’s Day – expertly ran by Juan Pablo – incorporated a 4-pitch competition with close to 300 boys and girls. Players from the Lady Cranes National Rugby Team and Pirates RFC led supporting coaching and rugby-values sessions and also helped to referee. G4S Uganda joined the team with a 30-strong team of security guards, office staff and life skills educators – providing an added opportunity for children to quiz them on career pathways – and organised the most delicious post-tournament lunch a player could wish for. Rwenzori kept staff and pupils watered for the second year in a row; another terrific friend of the Pride and Ugandan Rugby!
You’ll be able to view all the action from this awesome week in Jinja in our next project video – we’ll keep you posted!
IREAD ALL ABOUT IT… AND WATCH BHUBESI PRIDE ON TV!
We are thrilled to report on even greater coverage this year, with massive media and press partners, all so keen to share Bhubesi Pride’s work in Africa with their enormous, loyal followings. For more insight in-print, online and on TV, check out the following…
- SA Rugby Magazine – monthly features; latest update available now in current issue!
- Rugbydump – online media partner, showcasing our official videos and exclusive team member stories
- SuperSport – monthly inserts on ‘Boots & All’; the first airs this Thursday on SuperSport 1 at 8pm [SA time]*
- SA Rugby Legends TV – updates on our partner’s TV show; the first feature airs 26th March on SuperSport 6*
*Subject to change