Southern Africa Rugby Explorer 2017 – Part 2
Benediktas Lynch, Kabwe
Following a successful start to the Southern Africa Rugby Explorer in Botswana, the Pride crossed the Zambezi River via Kazungula into Zambia ready to start the next leg of the journey.
First, the Pride spent three nights in Livingstone – enjoying the amazing scenery of Victoria Falls. All Pride members took part in a gorge swing experiencing 1.5 seconds of free-fall followed by two minutes of hanging above the Zambezi River and its beautiful surroundings.
Other activities included white water rafting, visiting local markets and even high tea at The Royal Livingstone Hotel – which included a sunset over the Zambezi!
Before the Pride knew it, it was time to make the drive up to Lusaka with a quick stopover in Choma. In Lusaka, four members of the Pride were dropped off to make their way home – Floyd Kesson, Toby Stolarow, Rowan White, and Stacey Jones. But this meant that four new Pride members would be joining – Luis Valer, Kristin Wagler, Ilijana Parojcic, and Dai Davis.
We spent the first full day in Kabwe visiting the local schools and academies the Pride would be working with over the forthcoming two weeks here.
During the first week, we ran education and empowerment clinics with coaches and teachers from local schools and communities with a focus on basic rugby games, attack, defence and refereeing. At the end of the week all participants had an opportunity to plan and deliver their own rugby sessions. While Pride coaches led and delivered the basic aspects of rugby coaching, a big focus was placed on empowering the coaches to be creative and come up with their own games and drills.
In week 2, working with our buddy coaches, the Pride delivered sessions at Children of Promise Orphanage, Die Hard Rugby Academy, Favour Private School, Mine Secondary School and Sables Nua Orphanage. This took us all through to tournament day on Friday where children from varying backgrounds were united in the name of rugby.
Kabwe coaching week in numbers
- Number of participating schools/communities: 5 (Children of Promise Orphanage, Die Hard Rugby Academy, Favour Private School, Mine Secondary School, Sables Nua Orphanage)
- Number of children coached: 135
- Boys / girls: 76% / 24%
- Percentage of children participating in 3 or more sessions: 81%
- Number of participating local coaches: 10
- Number of participating local coaches awarded a BPF buddy coach certificate: 10
Robert Lembele, Provincial Sports Coordinator in Central Province, shared his thoughts:
“Most of these children should have been in the streets, doing a lot of bad things but you have helped us bring them together through sport, for which we are very grateful.
Being Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s second visit to Kabwe in a year, a legacy is being built with a lasting impact now being left.
This should be encouraged, we want these sorts of things to be taking place most of the time and am very happy that you have chosen Kabwe. For us in the central province, we want this to continue!”
If you want to support the work of Bhubesi Pride Foundation in 2018, apply now for next year’s Southern Africa Rugby Explorer for a chance to be part of the action in Kabwe.
More shots from beautiful Zambia