Walvis Bay community rallies behind tournament day
Johanna Waide, Walvis Bay
G4S Namibia raised the bar on their 2017 tournament day alongside Bhubesi Pride Foundation in Walvis Bay, helping to organise an event where local sponsors had an opportunity to show their support and give back to the local community.
The G4S Namibia team gave Pride members bespoke kit to wear for the day and liaised with some of their major customers including Shoprite, who provided participant food and drink, and Waltons, who donated stationary gift packs for the children to use for schoolwork.
For the first time on her expedition with the Pride – and in partnership with Iain – Alexa was Tournament Director – a milestone made extra special because it was also her 21st birthday. It was a busy event for all Pride members, with some refereeing up to 12 consecutive games. The standard of rugby was very high in both tournament divisions (under 12s and over 12s), which made for some competitive and exciting finals.
New Pride member Toby, from France, said that – as promised by long-term volunteers – his first tournament day was a lot of fun. Toby shared:
“It was a great day, the only thing is, I feel a bit sad because we spent a lot of time getting to know the children this week, and now our time in Namibia has come to an end. The children were so welcoming and eager to play rugby, so I’m going to miss coaching with them.”
Donna van den Heever, G4S Country Program Leader for BPF’s Namibia project leg, said that the 2017 tournament had been a stand-out event for her team, and will be particularly memorable for the children because Namibian rugby legend Jacques Burger presented each of them with a medal. Donna shared:
“It meant a lot to have Jacques support tournament day – he’s a local celebrity here in Namibia and the children really look up to him.
What’s really special is the way Jacques talks to the children – he motivates them and reminds them that playing rugby isn’t about winning, it’s about bettering yourself, team spirit, and having fun.
In his speech during the presentations, he focussed on rugby’s values and how they have impacted his life and I hope those words stay with the children.”
Walvis Bay coaching week in numbers
- Number of participating schools/communities: 6 (Narraville, Nara, Kuisebmond, Flamingo, Duinesig and Immanuel Ruiters)
- Number of children coached: 336
- Boys / girls: 73 / 27
- Percentage of children participating in 3 or more sessions: 93%
- Number of participating local coaches: 2
- Number of participating local coaches awarded a BPF buddy coach certificate: 2
David, a 13-year-old student from Kuisebmond Primary – where Pride member Sebastian coached – was awarded with a buddy coach certificate and t-shirt, acknowledging his efforts helping with sessions throughout the week.
David is the charity’s youngest buddy coach in 2017 and was selected by his teachers to assist because of the enthusiasm and skill he has shown since first learning to play rugby with the Pride during last year’s community coaching week in Walvis Bay.
David has continued to participate in rugby and, as well as taking part in the over 12s division of this year’s tournament, stepped up to referee one of the junior games.
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Breathtaking views as the Pride drive from Namibia to SA
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Fish River Canyon