On Friday the 12th October almost fifty learners from the Queens Park High School in Woodstock joined UCT Rugby Social players and coaches as well as several club players for an afternoon’s touch rugby session and coaching on the Green Mile.
“None of the sports codes have any kind of organisation or regular opportunity to get involved, we have no sports field , no rugby coach, no teacher able to take rugby on, no rugby jerseys, shorts, socks but, ” he added “what we do have is a group of about 50 kids wanting to play.”
Rugby Social touch rugby organisers Nic Lassen, Maki Gubangxa and Andrzej Ogonowski rallied some of the regular touch players and put together a plan to spread the Ikeys Touch rugby passion for an outreach session.
“This is great, when can we do this again?” asked some of the Queenspark girls who had organised their own transport and visibly enjoyed the training session with the Ikeys.
FNB UCT Rugby Club Captain Nic Rosslee invited all participants to one of the Ikeys Varsity Cup games in February and presented a set of Ikeys vests to the scholars as touch rugby kit. “There was some fantastic talent and love for the game on display out there and we will definitely make sure to get a few match balls to the guys and girls to support them in their efforts of getting together for regular touch rugby sessions.”
The UCT Rugby Social committee are looking to create further opportunities and are exploring getting another school on board to facilitate more regular participation for the Queenspark youngsters.
Thanks to everyone who made this afternoon possible on and off the field, including the team from the Ikeys Vibe rugby social who organised Pizzas and drinks for everyone who got stuck in to share some Ikeys love and passion for the game.