Inspired by World Cup Fever and love of Africa…
Rugby in Africa, Bhubesi Pride
I’m hugely excited today as I’ve just found out that I’ve been accepted on Bhubesi Pride’s Rugby Coaching Expedition to Uganda and Kenya at the start of next year.
Bhubesi Pride Foundation assembles qualified and dedicated teams of volunteers to carry out annual coaching expeditions, supporting rugby and community development in schools and community centres in nine countries across east and southern Africa.
They take place between January and July every year and align project activities alongside relevant sponsors, NGOs, national rugby unions, government departments, international schools and local businesses, bringing added value to relationship and capacity building. I’m only doing 5 weeks of the full 5 month expedition and it will be an awesome experience!!!
As many people will know I’ve spent the last 9 years as an RFU Level 1 coach; coaching and managing junior rugby teams at Otley RUFC, in the cold, wind, rain and snow of the Aire Valley and beyond. I am now looking to swap this for the heat and dust of Africa and a trip back to coaching the basics and complete novice rugby!
The project visits us to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and the objectives are:
- UNITE communities through rugby, promoting the sport’s values and life skills
- EMPOWER and up-skill local staff, nurturing community leaders, male and female, maximising sustainability
- INSPIRE long-term developmental outcomes through tangible legacy projects, alongside in-country partners
I am funding the expedition entirely personally though there are some great opportunities to contribute to this inspiring endeavour to help develop communities in Africa. If you want to learn more please go to www.rugbyinafrica.org .