Young players complete integrated rugby and life skills learning modules to improve their leadership and life skills, sports skills, attitudes and behaviours in a safe and structured way. Playing as part of a team provides disadvantaged children with access to an expanded support network. Players can carry their learning’s back to their communities, and become future coaches in the program.
Coaches are supported to deliver rugby and life skills activities to children in their communities. These coaches have increased resilience, confidence, vision, voice and the ability to drive positive change and promote learning in their communities. They become active citizens promoting positive social change.
Supporting every child’s right to play, learn and grow Soweto Rugby Schools Academy training sessions offer a safe space for coaches to engage players in a wide range of important life skills learning through rugby. Community coaches are key to the success of the Soweto Rugby Schools Academy program, and are trained in a number of areas.
Coaches are trained to deliver life skills content to children in their communities and provided with tools to facilitate learning through discussions in their communities.
As children in many communities where we work have often not seen rugby, we teach them how to play the game. Those interested can also take up the opportunity of further training to become coaches. Regular support is given to coaches to support their professional development and to ensure delivery quality. As coaches progress through the different levels of certification their knowledge is expanded through the likes of Boksmart and other training institutions to stay relevant and informative in their field of expertise.
Soweto Rugby Schools Academy places a high value on developing a coordinated and scientific approach to measuring change. We have developed an infrastructure that utilises a range of tools to measure outputs, outcomes and impact at coach, player and community levels. This goes beyond measuring participation through monitoring attendance, to also incorporating a focus on the development of individuals and communities from both a rugby and life skills learning standpoint.