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IRB Rugby Ready Coaching Workshop conducted at Embilipitiya Central

At the request of the Sabaragamuwa Province Rugby Football Union, I along with the two national Coaches - Dawie Snyman & Norman Laker conducted a full day Workshop at the Embilipitiya Central on 9th September 2008.

Workshop was facilitated by the Development Officer of Sabaragamuwa Province RFU - K.S.P. Karunaratne and the Senior Technical Officer of Sabaragamuwa Province RFU - Priyantha Gunaratne.

Number of Participants: 
Boy’s - 68 (age group: 10 to 16);
Women - 12 

Programme Conducted:
IRB Rugby Ready Coaching Programme.

At the commencement of the Workshop the Principal of the Embilipitiya Central - Mrs. Sunita Edirisinghe addressed the gathering and thanked the SLRFU for organizing such a Workshop which was the second Workshop for the year.  She pledged her fullest support to develop rugby football at Embilipitiya Central.  This school rugby team is supported by MAS Active under their CSR project.  there were participants from other schools and women players from MAS Active Asia Line factory.

Conducted indoor training with power-point presentation and video clips.  Practical sessions too were conducted.

I recommend that continuous coaching programmes be conducted in the Province.  Embilipitiya Central alone has 5,500 children and there is great potential in developing these kids as good rugby players since most of the players are talented and are into various sports such as Athletics and Soccer.

During the training programme we also distributed the items (rugby equipment, rugby clothing, etc.) sent by Ravi Perera from U.S.A. which he had collected from Fullerton Youth Rugby in U.S.A.  Children of Embilipitiya Central were handed over rugby items such as balls, jerseys, t-shirts, mouth guards, scrum caps, hit shields, track bottoms, kicking tees, cones, etc.  Part of the items was also given to Sabaragamuwa Province Rugby Football Union.

The Training Programme concluded around 5.00 p.m.

To see some of the photographs taken at the Workshop and distribution of items, please click here.