South Africa’s first inclusive community sport upliftment programme is nearing its conclusion. The Free State province is set to host the final stop for the #BetwayCares Skills Hub before going into a brief recess.
In partnership with the Free State Rugby Union, the #BetwayCares Skills Hub heads to the City of Roses, where aspiring rugby coaches and players are set to become the next beneficiaries of the brand’s innovative response to the long standing plight faced by community sport development.
Working closely with the Union and other key stakeholders, Betway will conclude the first phase of its commitment to addressing the challenges faced by community sport through a Coach and Captain’s Seminar under the #BetwayCares Skills Hub umbrella.
To kick-start the 3-day seminar, twenty amateur rugby club coaches affiliated to the union will undergo a Betway-sponsored World Rugby Level 2 course from 6 to 7 September at the Free State Stadium.
The globally recognised course is designed to upskill aspiring rugby coaches with the basic foundation and knowledge required to advance their coaching careers while also equipping them to become better coaches in their current clubs and communities.
The two-day course will be conducted by highly experienced World Rugby coaching instructors who will be administering a variety of modules such as Principles of Attack and Defence, Building a Team Culture, Sport Psychology as well as Game Modelling tactics amongst other exciting topics of modern day rugby.
In addition to the two-day World Rugby course, Betway is affording each of the invited coaches an opportunity to bring along their club captains to a one-day workshop on Wednesday, 8 September. The full day workshop is designed to prepare the budding stars for life as professional athletes through critical and character building discussion topics.
Included in the line-up of speakers for the captain’s seminar include sports agent and highly experienced attorney, Modise Sefume will guide the players on the intricate details and fine print to be understood by players before signing a professional contract.
The topic will be extended to a variety of legal subjects within sports marketing such as brand endorsements, sponsorship and commercial opportunities that need to be understood by both players and rugby unions.
Seasoned broadcaster and member of the Betway SA family, Onkgopotse “OG” Molefe will conduct media training for the players, which is a critical component of the modern day professional rugby player.
Some of the topics to be covered during Molefe’s session include crisis management, social media management and public conduct as a professional.
Speaking ahead of the grand closing of the programme, #BetwayCares Skills Hub ambassador, Victor Matfield who will also give a talk on leadership at the coaching course, emphasised the importance of a programme such as the #BetwayCares Skills Hub for rugby and South African sport in general.
“I have to thank Betway for such an innovative programme that is addressing the main stumbling block against the growth of sport. Community sport development is a crucial element in the broader context of sport and with such a programme that addresses its challenges, we can be confident of seeing significant growth in how sport is administered in our communities,” said Matfield.
Sharing their excitement ahead of the seminar, Free State Rugby Union General Manager, Selvyn Colby said the union was honoured to be partnering with such a reputable brand, who’s community upliftment efforts are well documented across the country.
“The Free State Rugby Union would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Betway for playing an integral part in developing the sport in our community, the community needs to be educated on the game of rugby, especially our female players in order for us to breed more coaches according to the mandate given to us by SARU,” said Colby.
Free State Cheetahs’ assistant coach, Melusi Mthethwa as well player, Junior Pokomela are amongst some of the expected guest speakers at the seminar as part of the union’s partnership with Betway in giving back and growing the game in the province.
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