Bethany Neave – 6th day – Coach Naomi’s birthday

Monday, 24 September 2012

After waking up and getting dressed, I was informed that today was Naomi’s birthday!  A couple of days ago she was talking to me about how once a year she actually dresses like a woman with a dress, heels and make up. This was a great shock to the system when I saw her but she looked lovely!

The heels only lasted about 10 minutes and then she changed into her training shoes and socks which were not the best look with the dress still on.  Linda came walking through where we were sat and looked Naomi up and down until noticing the trainers and just gave a very disapproving look which made us all laugh.

The morning activities are many phoning round confirming with schools for Siphos and training sessions.  As well as this, in the afternoon Wilson has to present a power point to teachers of schools in Swaziland.  He is proposing that the rugby union holds an under 19’s tournament for schools in Swaziland and wants the top 16 schools to be keen to be in involved.  Wilson is very nervous as it is his first presentation he has done to teachers.  Also apparently some of the teachers may have an issue with him only being 19 and may give him a hard time. This being said ,Wilson’s power point is very good and should not give the teachers any chance to ask silly questions.  Malindi says that I should hold his hand through the presentation as he may need it! I’m sure he will be fine!

Michael is not dropping the fact that I am from the West Country and keeps doing the accent at every opportunity he gets, which I can tell is going to be done for the entire time I am here!

We finally left the house after Malindi had his car tyre fixed. We first went to a photocopying shop to get the presentation as hand outs for the teachers in the meeting so me and Wilson were busy sorting and stapling while travelling to a school outside Mbabane.  As we arrived to the located meeting place, we were greeted by some of the teachers but were told that the teacher we had planned to present to had forgotten totally about the meeting and was now the other side of Swaziland!

After waiting around for about 10 minutes,  6 more teachers arrive out of the 20 that were invited.  It was time for Wilson to do his presentation and he did it very very well and in a professional manner.  After a long discussion about the top 16 tournament,  it was decided that the timing for it was just not possible with exams in only a few weeks.  The decision was made to have a one-day tournament and to call it “the top 8 schools.” However, “the top 16 tournament” should be held next year and made a huge event with more time to plan and for teams to train. The meeting over all was hugely positive and all the teachers said how exciting the proposal was!

After saying goodbyes, we travelled back into town and travelled straight to the Baker’s Pride company building to collect the cheque they had to present to us for the National test match.  Also, after explaining to the woman in Baker’s Pride about “the top 8/top 16 tournament” she was very excited about this as well.  We also travelled to Swazi Design to pick up some branded rugby shirts and my two new rugby tops with my name, the SKRUM logo and number 15,  as I am the 15th volunteer to be in Swaziland for SKRUM.

After returning back to base to wind down and sort what was happing tomorrow, I discovered that their maid Emilina had accidently washed my Blackberry.  She was very upset but it was a good thing that it is an old phone anyway and I was planning on getting a new one when I got back to England!

It was a very nice and relaxing evening with helping Linda with her mosaic and we had a delicious dinner of fish and chips.  Just before we sat down to eat,  Malindi returned back with the car all fixed (they worked out after a day and a half that it was just a bump in the tyre!) Malindi walking in and the dogs went mad which I thought was odd as they had never done this before when seeing Malindi.  Just after thinking this,  I noticed a little figure standing behind Malindi, it was his son.  He was the most adorable thing with the biggest eyes I have ever seen.   Malindi and Michael went for a chat and Linda, (or Auntie Linda) as the little one called her, gave him some chocolate and asked him some questions.  Most of the answers to the questions were ‘yes’ or ‘at school’ which was so cute!

Drinking more and more wine as time goes on here and going to bed more and more drunk! Think tomorrow will be exciting as I get to watch the National team training!

Bethany Neave

(Bethany is doing a volunteer placement with the charity SKRUM in Swaziland.  The placement involves rugby coaching to schools and the community, AIDS education, painting of the charity logo on the outside of schools and generally being part of the team and getting involved in all aspects of running this charity.)

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