EP SCHOOLS RUGBY

EP High Schools Rugby Union Year Planner 2020

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EP Primary Schools Association Year Planner 2020

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2019 EASTERN PROVINCE PRIMARY SCHOOLS REPORT– PHILLIP BOSCH

All our teams this season, were highly competitive at their various tournaments. This is a testimony of talent within our province, the hard work and the dedication of all involved.

School boy and junior rugby can contribute to the complete turnaround of EP Rugby.  It is long overdue that we take our rightful place in South African Rugby. We are indeed one of the major role players in nurturing young talented rugby players.  It is, however, unacceptable that we constantly feed the bigger Unions and all our hand work goes down the drain.  This has become a major concern as schools from other provinces come into our territory and take our players from as young as 12 years old to go and play for other provinces.

But allow me to reflect on the positives and quality achievements of 2019:

  1. FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS
  • Eastern cape u/13 rugby festival, Makhanda, May 2019
  • U/13 mini craven week (inter provincial tournament, Bloemfontein May 2019
  • U/13 southern provinces (inter provincial tournament, Oudtshoorn, May 2019
  • Marlow EPPSRA u/13 sub union tournament, Cradock, Marlow Agricultural School June 2019
  • Inaugural U13 B provincial tournament, Daniel Pienaar High School (EP, WP, SWD, Border, Sharks, Boland) June 2019
  • Coca Cola U13 Craven Week, White River 2019
  • Earl Hill Coastal Sevens Provincial Tournament, Kareedouw 2019 (EP, WP, SWD, Border, Boland)
  • Southern Provinces U12 Tournament, Riversdale, September 2019
  • Inter-Provincial Sevens Tournament, Bloemfontein 2019

We were highly competitive at all these tournaments which is a testimony of the talent within our province, the hard work and dedication of all involved.

  1. TALENT IDENTIFICATION

A new system of talent identification has been introduced, obviously with the focus on ultimately identifying talent with potential. Alignment with political and geographical demarcation is inevitable. This approach assists with regards to accessing funding streams and also tapping into the programs and support of government departments. The process and the logistics of talent identification is open to discussion and debate and will be finalised at the annual strategic planning session in a week’s time.

We need to activate non-playing rugby schools. The focus is currently on established rugby schools which narrow the talent net. SARU and DSRAC align their funding to these initiatives

  1. MEETINGS

We honoured the meetings schedule as was captured in the year planner. There is however a lack of energy and commitment from certain sub union delegates to attend all extended executive meetings. The EPPSRA constitution is clear on the role and functions of the executive committee (office bearers) and I am of the view that we should intensify the day to day running of the EPPSRA affairs and minimise the schedule of general meetings, because the attendance thereof is a challenge. It is retarding progress and constructive organisational building.

  1. TRANSFORMATION

In 2006, with input from the Sports Ministry and SASCOC, SARU launched their broad-based transformation charter, which outlines their commitment and dedication in a practical and sustainable manner, towards the achievement of proper, holistic and methodical transformation within south African rugby. The sports ministry has set a target for 2016 – all representative teams should reflect 50% representation of the south African society by 2019, it is now 2019 and this is still a very, very sensitive issue amongst politicians in sport all over the country

SARU and SARSA has followed suit. The representation targets at all provincial based tournaments should be 11/11. The 23rd player should be a player of colour.

I can safely say that we are not under pressure in this regard and can honestly and openly say and confidently claim merit selection (The 2019 craven week team reflected merit with a 15/8 split). Representation and the reflection of the demographics of society should however also reflect in our representatives, executives and management teams, these are facts and realities we cannot turn a blind eye to.

  1. SPECIAL PROJECTS 2018 & 2019
  • Southern Provinces u/13 7’s tournament 2018 (Nico Malan & 2019 (Paul Sauer – Kareedouw)
  • Provincial under 13 b team tournament (2019 Daniel Pienaar High School)
  • We would like to introduce a sub union 7’s tournament in 2020.

These initiatives contributed and will keep on contributing in a positive way to ensure the growth and development of the game

  1. GAME DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING

We will have to intensify the training and education of all our coaches and referees as this will positively impact on the standard and quality of the game.

We should also change the mind-set of focussing on the elite 23 at provincial level. School boy and junior rugby can contribute to the complete turnaround of ep rugby. It is long overdue that we take our rightful place in south African rugby. We are indeed one of the major role players in nurturing young talented rugby players. It is however unacceptable that we constantly feed the bigger unions and all our hard work goes down the drain. This has become a major concern as schools from other provinces come into our territory and take our player from as young as 12 years old to go and play for other provinces.

We cannot fool ourselves by encouraging the migration of talented rugby players among our schools. We also need to discourage the efforts of local “opportunistic talent scouts’’ who are directing our players at under 12 age level already towards other provinces in the country.

We seriously need to activate rugby schools in Kwanobuhle (Uitenhage) – 22 schools and Motherwell (Port Elizabeth) – 25 schools.

I am committed to serve the course and will do so with dedication, discipline and determination in achieving our objectives.

Thank you again for your wonderful support. May you have a blessed festive season and a prosperous new year!”