Rugby Programme Inspires

Date published: May 30, 2012 at 11:22 am | Comments

Kawerau College rugby players have learnt about more than just the game, in a programme which has been used in a school for the first time.

Around 50 players from the 1st XV, under 15 and girls’ sides have taken part in the E Tu Rangatahi scheme.

A New Zealand Rugby Union initiative, the project works around the idea life balance is just as important to the sport as core strength.

Presenter Tiki Edwards has challenged participants to make changes around alcohol, drugs, teen pregnancy and lack of self esteem, to ‘clear the fog’ and become more centred both on and off the paddock.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s Wayne Ormond – a former Maori All Black who captained the Steamers to a Ranfurly Shield victory – says he’s enjoyed working with the Kawerau students.

Plans are afoot to get the programme into Opotiki and Edgecumbe Colleges.

Source: 1XX FM