Week 3 of Sam Dudman Jones’s blog whilst doing volunteer rugby coaching in Swaziland.
It’s week three already! Got started early on Monday morning ready for a full day of coaching at an all-girls school. The schools were opposite in interest. The first school just had individuals who wanted to play and some who weren’t that interested while at the other school all the girls were begging to be amongst the lucky 20 we took our session with. Lots of games of British Bulldog; followed by passing drills and then finished off with a tag rugby match.
The next day we had a full day planned 3 coaching sessions and 3 ‘Siphos’ to paint! As soon as coaching team arrived we were out the gate. We spilt into two teams; myself and Naomi were together so we started our first coaching session. Once again we asked for 20 children but entire school turned up to watch including all the teachers!!! I will say that the painting is hard work but all part of the job. The team make it fun though with music blaring out of the SKRUM car (watching Wilson try to dance is fun enough!)
This week Linda and Michael had been kind enough to invite me down to Durban with them as Linda wanted to attend a convention down there. We set off on Thursday and arrived at our sea front apartment with the most stunning view later that evening. The next day Michael took me to the Sharks stadium where he has lots of friends that he eventually convinced to give me a tour. Went into the changing room, onto the pitch, to the presidents’ suit and even saw their trophy cabinet. For the rest of visit I was able to just chill on beach in the scorching heat.
If you do come out to Swaziland I highly recommend that you try and visit Durban at some point or even once you leave. Amazing place with endless beaches, some of the best surfing in the world and everyone is rugby mad!
(Volunteer Vacations are the official volunteer provider for Skrum. 28 day rugby coaching placement in Swaziland costs £1,600. Price includes airport/coach stop transfers, accommodation at the Sondzelas Backpackers Lodge set within Mlilwane National Park, all food, Level 1 rugby coaching course, sim card, comprehensive orientation. Additional weeks – £200. For more information, see http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk. 01483 331551 or 07833 208 158. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)