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Posted on: Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Pezula hosts free rugby coaching clinic for local kids

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Pezula’s Field of Dreams came alive on Wednesday (17 November) as scores of local young rugby hopefuls arrived to meet some of their rugby heroes and attend a free hour and a half coaching clinic.

This was part of The JAG Foundation’s Big Boy Scooterthon (15-21 November), which saw three Provincial Super 15 Players, Nick Koster, Tiger Bax and Tim Whitehead, travelling 1000 kms from Cape Town to Pezula and back on Big Boy scooters. Along the way they stopped to host four coaching clinics for previously disadvantaged kids.

Pezula Rugby Coaching clinic

Photograph: Scrumming with Nick Koster, Tiger Bax, Tim Whitehead and Levi Odendaal

The ultimate goal of the seven day trip is to raise money for JAG Rugby, part of the JAG Foundation, which inspires South Africa’s disadvantaged children to build a positive future for themselves, their families and their communities, by encouraging them to participate in various sport-related programmes.

Former provincial rugby and cricket player Evert Ferreira from Prosport International who managed and hosted the event said that all too often sport stars’ diaries don’t allow time for good causes and giving back to the community. “These guys are bucking the trend early in their careers by taking the time and making the effort.  This road trip put smiles on the faces of dozens of children along their route.”

At Pezula children from Sunridge, Hornlee, Sedgefield and Tembelitsha Primary schools were first given a scooter ride by their heroes and then put through the ropes of scrumming, passing and catching the ball, tackling and lineouts.

Afterwards they enjoyed hot dogs and refreshments provided by Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa. General Manager Boris Bornman said this was a great way for Pezula to give back to the local Knysna community. “These kids will never forget this experience, and we are delighted to have been part of it.”

Contact: Natalie Bright and Claire Fish, Tel: +27 (0)44 302-3333

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