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Acknowledging our 2016 Pride coaches

Wednesday, 21.Dec.2016

A big thank you to all our Pride coaches who worked so hard to make 2016’s project such a huge success. Your profiles forever honoured at the charity and we hope you will join us in Africa again in the future…

Rory McGee

Rory McGee

Key info

  • Age: 25
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Troon
  • Project participation: Full expedition – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Rory has been a rugby development officer for Marr Rugby and Scottish Rugby since 2013, having studied Physical Education at The University of Edinburgh. He’s represented Marr Rugby 1st XV since leaving Marr College in 2008 where he began playing aged 12.

Proud achievement

Playing for Marr Rugby at Murrayfield when they won the Scottish Shield in 2013 – a brilliant experience to play at the home of Scottish Rugby.

Rory’s goal

“I’m motivated by the opportunity to help children develop a passion for playing rugby, as well as helping local communities develop the game in their area.”

Rhys Miller

Rhys Miller

Key info

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Silchester
  • Project participation: Full expedition – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Rhys is a carpenter by trade. He’s played rugby for his local team since he was fourteen and is a keen, typical number 9. He’s actively involved in the coaching of the junior section within his club. He loves travelling and rugby, so these are his primary reasons for joining the Pride.

Proud achievement

Being selected as man of the match at his first seniors’ game of rugby, having also scored his first seniors try.

Rhys’ goal

“I’m excited by this unique opportunity to travel through Africa, be involved with rugby and coach children. I hope to achieve a sense of accomplishment and give something back to the sport I’ve learnt so much from.”

Tim Brear

Tim Brear

Key info

  • Age: 53
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Ilkley
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

A few years as a soldier preceded Tim’s career in financial planning. For the last ten years, Tim’s run his own business. Alongside this, he coaches 6 to 16 year olds at Otley RUFC every Sunday in the season. He has still yet to understand what happens outside the front row! His 6’2″ 16 year old son, Toby, has escaped from his grasp – and from the pack – to play at number 10!

Proud achievement

Through a 30 year playing career at school, uni, club and the army, Tim has always stayed in love with the game of rugby and rugby people.

Tim’s goal

“Having followed the Pride since their very first expedition, and developed a personal passion for Africa, I wish to help in its development.”

Jim Bushby

James Bushby

Key info

  • Age: 45
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Nyborg (Denmark)
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

Jim is currently a high school teacher at Nyborg Gymnasium but was born in Tonbridge, England. He teaches English and History in the International Baccalaureate system and has started up a small rugby club. Before this, Jim played for the Exiles Rugby club in Copenhagen and at school.

Proud moment

Taking three Danish friends, who knew nothing about rugby, to see Ireland v France at Twickenham for the World Cup. “They were sold!” Jim tells us.

Jim’s goal

“I’m looking forward to the personal challenge of being in Africa for the first time but, mostly, feeling privileged to be part of a team that aims to bring the joy of sport to African children.”

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings

Key info

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Leicester
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

Ryan is currently studying a BTEC Level 3 in Sport at Brooksby Melton college, where he will progress next year to a Foundation Degree in Sports Science. He has coached with the Leicester Tigers’ Rugby Hitz program, working with young girls to develop them in sport.

Proud achievement

Winning a Community Impact award for his work with the Rugby Hitz program.

Ryan’s goal

“I’m looking forward to visiting new countries, learning about a variety of cultures, and developing coaching skills and experience in a completely different environment.”

Rolando Carmona

Rolando Aldunate

Key info

  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: Chilean
  • Hometown: Santiago
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

Bio

Rolando picked up rugby at the age of eight and quickly developed a love for the game. He’s since been involved as a player and youth coach. Rolando is in his final year of a Sociology degree and would love to work on social development programs. He is involved in setting up a rugby academy in La Pintana, one of Santiago’s poorest neighbourhoods. He also loves reading.

Proud moment

When Chile won the football Copa América – the whole country went crazy!

Rolando’s goal

“I’ve always had a big interest in African history and culture. Learning how to successfully use rugby as a tool for human and social development is a big motivator for me.”

Charlie Moorby

Charlie Moorby

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Project participation: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia

Bio

Charlie has recently finished attending Sedbergh School and has decided to embark on a gap year before attending university. Charlie has played rugby from a very young age and saw Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s work as an opportunity – and adventure – not to be missed.

Proud achievement

Receiving his school rugby colours. He hopes there are many more to come.

Charlie’s goal

“My aim is to make a difference and hopefully share with others some of the benefits I’ve gained from sport, in particular, and rugby.”

Jacob McEvoy

Jacob McEvoy

Key info

  • Age: 26
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Hometown: Brisbane
  • Project participation: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Bio

A keen golfer and rugby player, Jacob spends his spare time soaking up the sun on Queensland’s beaches. Jacob played rugby from a young age and has coached U14 & 15 teams at his old school, Gregory Terrace; a school which has produced more Wallabies than any other in his home state.

Proud achievement

Playing a club rugby final at Ballymore, the home field of the Queensland Reds.

Jacob’s goal

“I look forward to working in a team with people from diverse backgrounds, moving towards a collective goal, community development through rugby.”

Rupert Neville

Rupert Neville

Key info

  • Age: 51
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Winchester
  • Project participation: Kenya

Bio

Rupert is married to Julia and they have two rugby mad sons, aged 10 and 12. He is an outdoor enthusiast who spent 12 adventurous years in the army. Rupert works as a senior manager at Coutts. He is a level 2 rugby coach for Winchester RFC U12s.

Proud moment

Last summer; taking his boys on a 6-day 250km bike trip through Normandy, visiting the D-Day beaches. And… watching his boys give 100%, win or loss, on the sports pitch.

Rupert’s goal

“As my wife’s family come from Africa, being part of the Pride provides me an opportunity to give something back to the community. Also, the skills I learn will be transferable back in my workplace.”

CJ Leffler

CJ Leffler

Key info

  • Age: ‘Forever young’
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Las Vegas
  • Project participation: Kenya and Uganda

Bio

CJ – back with the Pride for the second year running – is now in his third career as a teacher and USA Rugby coach. Since 2010 he’s participated in and promoted the USA Sevens ‘Adopt-A-Country’ program and is the creator of the ‘Be Kind Play Rugby’ initiative, which teaches life skills through rugby. CJ also coaches his local youth club, Islands Rugby!

Proud moment

CJ’s life highlight will always be the birth of his son.

CJ’s goal

“Being a part of 2016 team means making a difference by inspiring and uniting youth through sport, as well as continuing a meaningful legacy!”

Michelle Hurrell

Michelle Hurrell

Key info

  • Age: 31
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Nottingham
  • Project participation: Uganda

Bio

Michelle has been playing rugby for the last 12 years after falling in love with the sport at Nottingham Trent University. She is a qualified PE teacher and is a proud member of Lichfield RFC and Trent Vale ladies hockey team.

Proud achievement

Beating Nottingham University at our rugby varsity match three years on the trot.

Michelle’s goal

“Teaching and coaching are my passion. I can’t wait to be a part of such a fantastic organisation and share my love of rugby with children in Uganda. I hope to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm and encourage both boys and girls to participate in one of the best sports I have ever played!”

Oliver Bentley

Oliver Bentley

Key info

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Nuneaton
  • Project participation: Tanzania

Bio

Oliver has just finished his MA in International Security at Warwick University where he is now the Head Coach of their Women’s Rugby team. Oliver is always recovering from knee injuries but can’t wait to get back on the pitch.

Proud moment

Winning a university match in the 78th minute of the game – Oliver has never been prouder of a team before or since!

Oliver’s goal

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to see new cultures and places and hopefully learn a lot about the sport I love, while coaching it.”

Traci Flitcraft

Traci Flitcraft

Key info

  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Portland
  • Project participation: Uganda and Tanzania

Bio

Traci began playing rugby in 2006 after finishing a college volleyball career. She immediately fell in love with the sport and its community. In addition to playing, she has served four years as a board member of the Portland Rugby Club.

Proud achievement

Sharing the gift of rugby with Bhubesi Pride Foundation.

Traci’s goal

“I am looking forward to being part of this mission which merges the power of community with individual strength and confidence.”

Tabitha Tse

Tabitha Tse

Key info

  • Age: 29
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Toronto
  • Project participation: Tanzania

Bio

Tabi completed her medical (MD) degree at McMaster University and she’s currently training to become a general surgeon. She hopes to one day be an oncology surgeon and include global health as part of her specialties. Tabi was introduced to rugby in high school and can’t wait to get back into it.

Proud achievement

While teaching English in South Korea, Tabi played rugby with Seoul Sisters Rugby Club, and had the honour of being invited to Tokyo to play against the Japanese national women’s team.

Tabi’s goal

“I am so excited to be a Pride member for 2016 while getting to interact directly with Tanzania’s people. I hope to make some lifelong memories and share the love of rugby with new friends.”

Trevor Van Den Berg

Trevor Van Den Berg

Key info

  • Age: 47
  • Nationality: South African
  • Hometown: Johannesburg
  • Project participation: Tanzania

BMF Bursary Awarded Place

Bio

Rugby is Trevor’s life, having played from a very young age and coached since the end of his playing career. His inspiration comes from Nelson Mandela, who once said:

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

Proud achievement

Being part of a rugby development program in Diepsloot, a township in Johannesburg, for over two years. They have now successfully integrated some exceptional talent into top rugby clubs and schools throughout the area.

Trevor’s goal

“It’s such an honour being part of the Pride in 2016, as it will allow me to experience rugby development in Africa and reach out to areas and children I never dreamed possible.

To be a part of an international team of coaches is a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge, grow and become a better coach and person.”

Michael Lieberum

Michael Lieberum

Key info

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Aberdeen
  • Project participation: Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia

Bio

Michael grew up in Aberdeen and attended Robert Gordon College where his love for rugby began. He then lived in New Zealand for a year to play and learn from the best in the world. He now works in London as a personal trainer helping people of all ages with exercise and body image. Michael also works with disabled children and their families in the community, and coaches a rugby league team. Following his time with the Pride, he wants to carry on voluntary work and helping people within his community.

Proud achievement

Learning how to utilise aspects of having Aspergers. Aspergers can be challenging but some elements of the condition are advantageous, such as wanting to help people be their best.

Michael’s goal

“I wish to help children see that despite adversity you can be strong, achieve goals and have fun doing it. You never know where the next superstar may come from.”

Ken Forsyth

Kenneth Forsyth

Key info

  • Age: 60
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Mount Albert
  • Project participation: Tanzania and Mozambique

Bio

Ken – the most ‘mature’ member of the Pride to-date – has played the game for almost 20 years and is entering his seventeenth year of coaching. He’s coached at high school, club and university level. Ken is a level 3 certified coach, attained through the International Rugby Academy in New Zealand. Ken’s business is in the food liquidation industry and he’s married with three beautiful daughters.

Proud achievement

Ken has produced ten players who now represent teams on the international stage.

Ken’s goal

“I have always felt it was important to give back to the game that gave so much to me. Being a member of the ‘Pride’ enables me to spread the ‘rugby gospel’ and help those less fortunate.”

Craig Monteiro

Craig Monteiro

Key info

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Mozambique and Malawi

Bio

Craig is a PMO consultant for a Microsoft Dynamics Implementation partner. Craig played for West Park Leeds RU from 2006-08, and then Leeds University RL in 2008-09. In 2009 he moved to South London Storm RL which merged in 2013 to form his current club, London Chargers RL.

Proud achievement

Winning a first ever trophy as South West London Chargers in June 2013, validating the decision and hard work to merge two rival clubs.

Craig’s goal

“I’m looking forward to going to Africa, joining the team and helping build communities, promote life skills and empower local staff in impoverished parts of the world through team sport.”

Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Kiwi / English
  • Hometown: Reading
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Duncan is on his gap year and recently travelled Down Under to ‘find himself’. He’s notoriously injury prone and is never seen without tape layered on. He plans on studying physiotherapy at Cardiff University next September.

Proud achievement

Managing to get through an entire season without being injured… aged 12!

Duncan’s goal

“I really want to be part of something special where small things – such as learning rugby – can lead to huge changes in people’s lives.”

Faria Qayyum

Faria Qayyum

Key info

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: Paris
  • Project participation: Malawi and Zambia

Bio

A complete newbie to rugby, Faria joined the Paris Tag Rugby team soon after moving to France as a great way to meet diverse, fun and energetic people. Now a total convert, she is looking forward to combining rugby with her love of travelling as a Bhubesi Pride Foundation volunteer!

Proud achievement

Playing in the first ever French national tag rugby tournament in the south of France, where her team came first in the second pool.

Faria’s goal

“I’m excited to join an amazing team on this incredible journey in Africa, whilst getting out of my comfort zone, building my coaching skills and inspiring a new generation to take up rugby!”

Derek Chiwara

Derek Chiwara

Key info

  • Age: 38
  • Nationality: Zimbabwean
  • Hometown: Harare
  • Project participation: Malawi and Zambia

BMF Bursary Award

Bio

Derek is a sports-mad Zimbabwean. He is a Physical Education teacher at Gateway High and coaches a variety of sporting disciplines. Derek also coaches club rugby and cricket. He’s passionate about Tottenham Hotspur, and coaching and motivating people from all walks of life.

Proud achievement

Winning the national league as a player and as a coach.

Derek’s goal

“What motivates me, volunteering with the Pride? The lives I will change through rugby. The life skills I will impart by spending time on and off the rugby field. Seeing a foundation being set knowing that one day the individuals will be successful as players, administrators or business people.”

James Cowe

James Cowe

Key info

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Edinburgh
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia and Botswana

Bio

James is taking a year out of education to go travelling. He has hopes of going to university to study Physical Education and go into teaching. He has been playing rugby for 12 years and coaching for the last three, after working as a Modern Apprentice for Scottish Rugby.

Proud moment

James’ favourite coaching experiences were at a multi sports camp last summer. The weather was perfect, the kids were keen and “it was just the best two weeks being outside and playing games all day”.

James’ goal

“Well, I’d love to see a lion but, of course, I really want to experience coaching in a totally new environment and I’m very excited for the challenges this project might bring. As I’ve only been abroad twice, the chance to travel and see some of the world, whilst hopefully making a difference, is a golden opportunity.”

Rebecca Goodwin

Rebecca Goodwin

Key info

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Perth
  • Project participation: Malawi and Zambia

BMF Bursary Award

Bio

Becca has lived in Perth all her life and is currently a Modern Apprentice coach for Perthshire Rugby, working in various secondary and primary schools delivering rugby sessions. She also coaches a range of sports including gymnastics, trampolining and netball. She has always loved coaching kids and working outside.

Proud achievement

Being able to overcome her fear of travelling alone abroad and having one of the greatest summers working in Cape Cod in America, while travelling to New York and Boston.

Becca’s goal

“After volunteering with the Pride, my hope is that this opportunity will help me gain a place at Edinburgh University to study PE teaching.”

Carl Van Rensburg

Carl Van Rensburg

Key info

  • Age: 33
  • Nationality: Irish / South African
  • Hometown: Sligo
  • Project participation: Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Carl is in his final year studying Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo. He’s involved in coaching youth rugby with Sligo Rugby Club and also runs his own kids rugby play program. Carl also enjoys tag rugby in the summer.

Proud achievement

Developing and growing his own kids play program over the last three years and seeing the kids’ progression through the years “has been a very rewarding experience”.

Carl’s goal

“I’m looking forward to being able to share the positive values that rugby represents, whilst using my knowledge in health promotion to help facilitate sustainable change in the communities we visit.”

Pablo Dobrowolski

Pablo Dobrowolski

Key info

  • Age: 36
  • Nationality: Argentinian
  • Hometown: Don Torcuato
  • Project participation: Zambia

Bio

Pablo started playing rugby when he was six years old, thanks to a close friend introducing him to the game. After school, Pablo studied Communication Sciences before realising his real passion in life; working with children, teaching and helping them to grow and build self-confidence. Pablo has been a PE teacher for nearly ten years and he loves his job!

Having joined the Pride in 2014, volunteering in Namibia and South Africa, Pablo is back for more!

Proud achievement

After Pablo’s last visit to Africa with Bhubesi Pride Foundation, he made a lot of new friends and got to know people from different parts of the world. Volunteering with the Pride also helped to develop his coaching work in such a way that – in addition to teaching at Sworn College and Newman School – he joined Hitz Arentina (a Premiership Rugby international initiative), promoting rugby and its values with children.

Pablo’s goal

“Coming back to Africa and joining the Pride is about inspiring more people to do this and to live this amazing life experience. I’d like to let more people know about this project because it is really incredible, motivating and moving!”

Georgie Simmons

Georgie Simmons

Key info

  • Age: 31
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Zambia, Botswana and Namibia

Bio

Georgie has been working at the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for the past seven years in the Sponsorship Team. She has a passion for working in rugby and truly believes in its core values. Georgie enjoys playing hockey, travelling and socialising with friends.

Proud moments

Completing her first ever Tough Mudder event with the RFU team in 2014; becoming an auntie to baby Jesse; and organising the England Team ‘Send Off’ event with Take That in 2015.

Georgie’s goal

I am extremely excited to join the team and embark on this journey in Africa. I am keen to promote the values of the game, develop some coaching skills and learn from all the people I meet through this experience.

Ronan Stott

Ronan Stott

Key info

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Musselburgh
  • Project participation: Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

BMF Bursary Award

Bio

Ronan has played rugby at Musselburgh RFC for 14 years and has organised the club’s Easter and summer rugby camps. He recently graduated from Scottish Rugby’s Modern Apprentice program, where he coached in local schools. Ronan is currently coaching Queen Margaret University 1st XV.

Proud achievements

Ronan has represented East Lothian at U16s, U18s and BT Borders Academy U20s; coached school U18s to victory at a 10s tournament at Murrayfield; and, in 2015, ran his first half marathon.

Ronan’s goal

“I hope to make a difference and give something back to the rugby community, which has given so much to me.”

Andrew Middleton

Andrew Middleton

Key info

  • Age: 54
  • Nationality: Canadian / English / Swiss
  • Hometown: St. Marys
  • Project participation: Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Andrew grew up in Birmingham, and worked and studied in France, Spain, Switzerland, Nigeria and Canada. He’s an avid yogi, who loves to coach football, water polo, tennis and, of course, rugby. Andrew teaches at a community college in Ontario, playing sports and looking after four Bernese mountain dogs.

Proud moment

Seeing the British Lions play against Mosely Rugby Club for the Sam Doble memorial game in 1977. A truly world class team and an excellent game: Gareth Edwards, JPR and JJ Williams, Gerald Davies, Mike Gibson, Andy Irvine and many more. All came to pay their respects to Doble, England’s full back that died of cancer aged 33. Fabulous open rugby played in a casually cavalier spirit.

Andrew’s goal

“It will be great to back in Africa. The continent beats with energy and enthusiasm, particularly the youth, and the smiles on their faces are infectious.

If I can help anyone along the way to achieve their goals while having fun coaching rugby, I will be very happy.”

Daniel James

Daniel James

Key info

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English
  • Hometown: London
  • Project participation: Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

BMF Bursary Award

Bio

Set to study sports marketing at university, rugby has been a defining part of Dan’s life. Playing since the age of five – and more recently coaching the game – Dan hopes to see more of the world. He’s looking forward to teaching rugby and experiencing the culture in Africa with Bhubesi Pride Foundation.

Proud achievement

Coaching and playing with Kingston College rugby team where Dan is studying, and now taking the team to the final of Association of Colleges national 7s, representing London.

Dan’s goal

“I hope to get the most out of the 2016 expedition. Experiencing the culture, I want to impart what I can through coaching and connecting with communities we visit.”

Liz Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey

Key info

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Hometown: Dartmouth
  • Project participation: Namibia and South Africa

Bio

Liz is in her third year at Saint Mary’s University, pursuing an Honours in Psychology. She got involved in rugby in middle school when the team needed people to fill their squad on the side lines – and has been playing ever since. Although it took two years before joining the Varsity team, she has always played during the summer.

Proud achievement

Being part of the Windsor Machine and winning their first game! “A new team in the league, a coming-together of two teams, it was a great feeling.”

Liz’s goal

“I’m most excited to teach and share my love for the sport. Hopefully I’ll be inspired and learn from the people I meet, just as much as they’ll learn from me.”

Federico Bertilotti

Federico Bertilotti

Key info

  • Age: 25
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Hometown: Viareggio
  • Project participation: South Africa

Bio

Straight after high-school, Federico started travelling the world working as a sailor. After three years, he decided to follow his passion for music which brought him to London. Saracens RFC gave Federico the opportunity to find his vocation and, since then, he wakes up everyday trying to make the world a better place.

Proud achievement

As a project officer for the Saracens Sport Foundation, Federico gets to engage with over 300 pupils on a weekly basis, constantly finding new ways to put a smile on their faces.

Federico’s goal

“Utilising the power of sport to unify people is what motivates me. Inclusion and respect are at the top of my core values list and I aim to give all I can to see children smile and enjoy life.”

Charles Nastasi

Charles Nastasi

Key info

  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Boston
  • Project participation: South Africa

Bio

Charles was born in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with his parents. Living in Australia built the foundation to fall in love with rugby. While studying for an undergraduate degree, Charles became one of the founding members of the Endicott College Men’s and Women’s Rugby Clubs and has been the forwards coach for the past two years.

Proud moment

Winning Endicott College’s first ever rugby match against Salem State.

Charles’ goal

“I look forward to making a difference in the global community. My senior thesis was on sport development for peace, which has led to a greater appreciation for what sport can do for humanity.”

Grant Haggart

Grant Haggart

Key info

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Edinburgh
  • Project participation: South Africa

BMF Bursary Award

Bio

Grant started playing rugby at primary school age, at his local club, Currie. He’s now playing in the senior section and has enjoyed every minute. Grant is in the second year of his Scottish Rugby apprenticeship, and has loved going into schools and coaching children the game he’s so passionate about.

Proud achievement

Winning the league and cup double for Currie in 2014 – the first time Grant had won two major trophies.

Grant’s goal

“I am hoping I will get a lot out of the experience in South Africa so I can use this to inspire kids in my area to follow my footsteps and join the Pride.”

Arno Macken

Arno Macken

Key info

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Hometown: Amsterdam
  • Project participation: South Africa

Bio

Arno is a medicine student at the VU University in Amsterdam and plays for the Dutch U19 national team. As a volunteer, he regularly coaches and referees young rugby players. Arno is very motivated to travel and volunteer; that’s why he joined the ‘Pride’!

Proud moment

Playing in a European championship with the Dutch U19 team.

Arno’s goal

“I believe rugby has some great values to teach in life. It is my goal to bring these across to motivated kids, while learning myself as well.”

Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans

Key info

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Hometown: Langbank
  • Project participation: South Africa

BMF Bursary Award

Bio

Andrew is studying Rugby Coaching and Performance (Bsc) at the University of South Wales, having worked for two years with Scottish Rugby as a Modern Apprentice. He is a forwards coach for The Vale of Glamorgan Schools district U15s, and plays for Nelson RFC while representing his university team.

Proud achievement

Winning a cap for the army reserves in Wales in their inaugural match against the Logistics Regiment.

Andrew’s goal

“I hope that taking part in this year’s expedition will help me secure a coaching job abroad once I have completed my degree.”

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