This week we did our IRB Level I coaching certificate. It consisted of 2 days of going through the IRB manual and doing coaching practical’s. The coaches were also teaching me to spin pass off my left hand, looking closely at my tackling, giving me tips and lifting me in the lineout so I could practise.
It was great fun and I really felt like I learnt so much from Mike and the SKRUM coaches even in just 2 days! I now feel like a more confident coach and player. Now it’s just the nail biting time as Sam and I have to wait to see if we passed or failed, fingers crossed!
We also had a brilliant community coaching session on Thursday, my best yet. We were coaching kids ages 4 to 20! The younger kids were very sweet and although they didn’t quite know what was going on they were enjoying every minute of it. The Swazi kids are always so happy and energetic it’s really uplifting every time you coach them. We gave ‘give-aways’ to the older kids and by chance there was a Swazi girl in a rugby shirt donated by my local school in Devizes! It was very odd. I also had great fun teaching the young kids how to sing ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’. For rural kids who speak hardly any English they picked it up very quickly!
We also had a barbeque on my last night with the coaches and Mike and Linda, which was really good fun. It was nice to spend time altogether outside of the coaching day and they’re all great fun to be around. I am incredibly sad to have to leave Swaziland. It has been my best experience ever by a long way. What’s so nice about SKRUM is that once you help in even the smallest way, you really feel like you are part of the SKRUM family and of something really honourable and inspirational. I will miss the coaches and the coaching but mostly I’ll miss Mike and Linda. They made me feel so welcome and really made my Swaziland experience everything it was.
For more details on volunteer rugby coaching in Swaziland and taking your Level 1 coaching certificate, see http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or give us a ring on 07833 208 158