Week 3 rugby coaching in Swaziland plus a well earned break in Durban

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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:  info@volunteervacations.co.uk)


About www.volunteervacations.co.uk

We send gap year students, university students, families, people on Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and people on career breaks to coach sports, teach and work in orphanages, work in marine conservation, primates conservation, land conservation, looking after rescued jungle animals, animal welfare, women's empowerment programs (sewing/fashions), men's empowerment programs (carpentry, plumbling, electrics, DIY), medical shadowing (doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists), after schools clubs, reaching out to underprivileged children and adults in South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Ecuador and The Galapagos, Thailand and India. In Swaziland we offer bespoke rugby coaching placements with the charity Skrum where volunteers (18 ) can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and then travel on to other placements and coach rugby. In India, the placements are suitable for families and undeer 18's are accepted providing they are accompanied by an adult. India is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. We also offer building renovation and reconstruction in India in July. India placements can be from 2 to 12 weeks.
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One Response to Week 3 rugby coaching in Swaziland plus a well earned break in Durban

  1. Jackson Jill says:

    great photos Sam and good blog.well nice of the collinsons to take you to Durban.

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