Week 5 of Sam Dudman Jones’ blog!
Monday we had a tournament organised for a visiting school from South Africa called Wembley College.
Three U19’s teams from Swaziland were also playing and once again I had been asked to referee. We played in the national football stadium so had to get there early to set up the poles and mark the field. Great stadium but grounds men wasn’t exactly helpful. He didn’t have a spanner to put the poles up and while we assembled them he would just stand over them and stare (as if trying to erect them with his brain!) But once everything was up the tournament was great fun.
The original plan was for each team not to lose by an embarrassing score when playing Wembley, (basically ‘damage limitation’). However every match was played in the Wembley 22 and two of the Swazi teams should have easily beaten them. Tournament did have a bit of an abrupt ending though when the Wembley fly-half had to be rushed to hospital for a broken leg… But he’s fine.
Rest of the week was fairly quiet for a change. Did visit another couple of schools on Tuesday and Wednesday but most schools were closing for Easter holidays. Thursday was spent planning the next week as another volunteer was to join us this weekend. While driving around this week it was brilliant to see lots of the Swazi’s dressed in their traditional wear as everyone prepared for the Easter celebrations. I bet they were a bit different to ours. Come Easter Sunday Linda had prepared the most amazing party for us and some local friends. Lots of drinks, music, games and a ridiculously hard Easter egg hunt. Great weekend with the new volunteer, Rachel Middleton (no relation to Kate!) settling in immediately!
Volunteer Vacations have volunteer rugby coaching placements in Swaziland. 28-day placements costs £1,600 – price includes airport/coach stop transfers, accommodation at Sondzelas Backpackers at Mlilwane National Park, all food, transport to placements, Level 1 rugby coaching course, sim card. Additional weeks £200 per week. For more information see http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mobile: 07833 208 158
Skrum also seek volunteer personal trainers to help their rugby players with general fitness and advice on diet.