The week started with a really successful coaching day in Mbabane the capital city of Swaziland where 3 primary and 2 secondary schools gathered for a group coaching session. It was a challenging day because of the heat and the amount of kids that were there but it was great fun and overall a really productive day. SKRUM’s idea of bringing lots of schools together was a new one but it seemed to work so effectively that it’ll definitely be used again! The rest of the week was filled with other coaching sessions at primary and secondary schools and the SKRUM coaching drills were enjoyed by all involved. My favourite parts is getting the kids to scream for the ball, which they all really love doing. Also the chants of ‘PASS THE BALL NOT THE VIRUS’, which whatever age the kids are gets sang throughout the sessions. I haven’t quite got the hang of how to sing it in SiSwati but I’m sure I’ll get there soon!
The week was also filled with painting Sipho’s on the schools walls, which the schools are always so keen to get. Having a Sipho on your school has become a bit of a fashion and we’re always asked by the schools why they don’t have one yet! We also visited lots of new schools this week persuading them to join the SKRUM family and we are always well received.
We also went out on Friday night to a local club called ‘House on Fire’. It’s a brilliant place with an awesome interior. Sam and I met up with some of my friends who had been visiting Swaziland and we danced till 3am. It was a really fun night and I’m sure we will be going there again before we leave. It’s our last weekend next weekend though! Crazy how fast it’s already gone but it’s alright as I’m already planning my next trip out here!
(Volunteer Vacations have rugby coaching placements in Swaziland. 28 days cost £1,600 and price includes local airport/coach stop transfers, accommodation at Sondzelas Backpackers Lodge set within Mlilwane National Park, all food, transport to placements, sim card, Skrum coaching kit, and Level 1 rugby coaching course and certificate. Additional weeks £200. For more information, see http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 07833 208 158)