Bethany Neave – 10th day – My Training Day


I was up and dressed by 7:30 today and feeling good after a long sleep. Wilson, Malindi and Naomi were all in to work today which was nice to have some girl presence with the rugby boys!


Me and Wilson were sent next door to drop off some paint and then to return back to base. This was again exciting because I got to drive the big SKRUM Kia car! Once this was done, me Naomi and Wilson all headed into town to pick up Pasiga, the marketing director to go back to the Bakers Pride Mill who gave the National Team 2500R for the 6th October test match against Botswana!



We had to go back to them to take a photo with Pasiga receiving the cheque from the head of Bakers Pride. The image was taken and will appear in the national newspaper sometime next week.


After this, we went to see if the National team jerseys have arrived. Unfortunately, they hadn’t but they should be here by Thursday for us to get braded before the match. We also went back into Swazi Design to see how much it will be to get the Baker’s Pride logo on the National players short as this is partly what the money was given for.


A couple of other jobs were done and we then drove to drop Pasiga home. On the way to his house we were in the shadow of a huge mountain and Wilson pointed out that it is where all the old kings are buried and if you go there at night you never return! Malindi joked saying he would like to try it to see what would happen. I might give it a miss if I’m totally honest!


Just before returning home we stopped off at the local super market and got some snacks, some huge buns and some ribs flavoured chips which were actually quite nice! I still cannot believe that they have a whole show dedicated to pies! I am a lover of pies and all my family and friends joked on how I wasn’t going to be able to live with pies and they have loads of them! haha


Finally we travelled back to the house and had some lunch. Michael keeps going on about a previous lunch time where I had a portion of food so big that even the Swazi’s would have been impressed (just to defend myself it wasn’t even that big, he is totally over exaggerating!).


Michael then suggested that Naomi and Wilson took me out onto the grass to work on rugby skills and see what I could improve on. This was good fun as I have never been taught how to spin pass properly.  I know the basics but I much better at normal passing. Once I had a 30 min tutorial with Wilson and Naomi I am much improved and actually surprised myself on how easy and effective it is! After a few more running and passing drills we stopped and worked out the plan for tomorrow.


Michael has informed me that we are going to two schools tomorrow, both for coaching and Sipho painting so tomorrow should be a good day!


Linda was late home tonight but me and Michael cooked up an awesome spag Bol. After watching a few TV shows it was time for bed.

Bethany Neave

(Bethany is doing a volunteer placement with the charity SKRUM in Swaziland which involves rugby coaching in schools and in the community, painting the charity’s logo on the outside of the schools, AIDS education and generally assisting in all aspects of running this charity.)

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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 Bethany Neave – 10th day – My Training Day

  1. Just wanted to say you have a great site and thanks for posting!…

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