Rugby High Performance Diploma

The sport and business industry is a multi-billion rand industry and is the creator of many thousands of jobs. There is a definite gap in SA and overseas regarding professional players, sport coaches and managers. In cooperation with world class partners like Eta, World Rugby (previously IRB), SARU and other top training providers, we develop an unique rugby course, where players, managers, and coaches are trained in one programme. We believe it is one of the most innovative and challenging rugby courses in the world! This course duration is 2 years and is presented as a full time programme. See examples of the week programmes on our web site (documents / training programmes).

Rugby Player Programme

Year 1/2
Strength and Conditioning

Skills

Theory

Team training and Matches

7’s
Other
Referee 1, Sport massage, Online courses

Sport Management Programme

Year 1
Research and Writing Skills

Business and Finance Management

Sport Event Management

Sport Facility Management

Personal Development and Physical Activity

Managing Diversity and Special Needs in Sport

Team Management and Logistics
Extra courses
Rugby medic, Scouting,

Social media, SARU Club Management,
Chaperone / Teamwork, Captaincy,
Play rugby Overseas, Rugby analyses

Sport Coaching Programme

Year 2
Principles of Research

Values, Ethics and Professional Conduct

Kinesiology

Exercise Science

Growth and Development

Screening Assessment and Programming

Applied Coaching Science

Coach Sport: Beginner to Performers

Special Needs and Coaching Sport

Health and Safety

Sport Team Management
Extra courses
Coaching (World Rugby level 1, 2), Sevens World Rugby level 1, 2),
Tag rugby, SARU Boksmart Safety, Concussion / Keep Rugby Clean,
Laws of the Game, Psychology behind Coaching, PT in schools
Rugby is a wonderful tool that shapes us for life. The very reason you are reading these words is a testimony that something about this game has touched your soul, has ignited your passion and fuelled your spirit. Sport in general creates opportunities for us to grow, socialize and broaden our cultural awareness. It also teaches us that there is a prize to pay if you want to excel in life and that through perseverance you can reach your goals. In our society today we see a lot of people giving up on their goals, dreams, marriages and relationships, because they were not willing to go the extra mile or give attention to the detail. It seems that we are looking for a quick fix or the fast track to success without a willingness to apply ourselves to the nitty-gritty. Too many players think that they can skip the nitty-gritty and that playing rugby at a high level is limited to the playing field only.

It is unique, because it gives our students a holistic understanding as the learning (theory) and practical (training) compliments each other all the time. This programme has been designed to help you walk the extra mile; to look into the detail of the SRA Way of Play - and to ultimately assist you in becoming a professional rugby player and a man of value.

Aim of programme

The student must understand:
  • Appreciate those who has gone before you & that you are inspired to leave your own mark
  • The DNA of SRA – What we stand for and what we are all about
  • What character is and how you can develop your own character
  • A High Performance Environment / Culture
  • A High Performance Conditioning program
  • How to become mentally tough & battle hardened
  • The basic Principles of play – The SRA way
  • How to assess your own game

Objectives:

The SRA way of play is: Play with high tempo and continuity – score tries – enjoy it! Therefore we must be stronger, fitter, faster, more skillfull and more organized.

The key objectives off our rugby programme are to:
  • Create a learning environment
  • Develop men that are mentally tough and battle hardened
  • Produce skillful players to play a high tempo continuity game
  • Produce a winning team
  • Serve in our communities
  • Create a fun environment

Therefore we want to improve our players’ functional strength, help them to become skillful and fit at the same time, whilst enjoying themselves! The programme is presented in the following four performance areas:
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Rugby Theory
  • Match

Physical performance (Conditioning)

Modules
1. Conditioning
2. Mobility and Stability
3. Strengh and Power
4. Speed
5. Testing and Monitoring

Objectives:

  • Keep them playing!
  • Increase power output in the competition exercises
  • Maximize preparation (slow gradual increase of player’s ability to play/perform - term 1, 2
  • Maximize readiness (daily fluctuation in psychological, tactical, technical, physical performance – term 3, 4
This is an essential component if players want to go all the way. Players train in small groups with the conditioning coach. It is presented at our own gymnasium on campus (Mount Simson), field and swimming pool.

The program includes:

  • Comprehensive programme and training suitable for the development and preparing players for professional rugby. These include: Stability and mobility, strength, speed and power, metabolic endurance. It includes training programmes during holidays.
  • Ongoing monitoring and testing of players (Boksmart pre-participation testing, specialized tests each term). There is a weekly one-on-one's with injured players.
  • Recovery: Medical clinic (swimming, cycling, physio after each game), recovery system, life style (food / supplements, medicine, sleep, professional attitude, etc.)
  • Top class rehabilitation. Players have access to a medical doctor and physiotherapist. Dr. Jannie Brink have years of experience at the WP u/19- and u/21-teams.

Manhood

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving men in “no-man’s-island” - confused about their roles, responsibilitie, relationships and the reason God made them men. Further more you must learn practical ways to handle situations to the best of your ability and achieve optimal results. Join us on this journey - to get an advantage to perform better than your opponents or average person in difficult situations.

Aims

  • Becoming mentally tough enough in training or preparation for the future, and having the right mindset / attitude towards opportunities, competition and life
  • Becoming the Man God created you to be

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Skills performance

Modules
1. Position specific skills
2. Individual
3. Unit skills
4. Monitoring and Testing
With our Edge programme, we want our players to always create something with ball in hand, to ensure that your team or team mate will be in a better position after you handover possession. The program consists of individual and positional skills.

The programme includes:

  • Individual skills: Handling, breakdowns, positional skills, decision making, defence, attack and continuity.
  • Position specific skills: Players do specific positional training.
  • Specialized tests and video analysis - sessions and stats to improve technique and skills.
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Mental Toughness

Modules
Attack
Defence
Positional responsibilities
Game knowledge
Planning
Management
Sport Science
Matches / Tournaments
Sevens: World Rugby Level 1, 2
It is a natural or developed edge that enables you to cope better than your opponents (or the “average person”), with the many demands of competitive sport, or life in general. Also, called THE ZONE.

Aims
  • Becoming mentally tough enough in training or preparation for the future
  • Have the right mindset / attitude towards opportunities, competition and life
  • Being mentally tough during completion or under extreme pressure


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Rugby theory

This modules is unique, because it gives our students a holistic understanding as the learning (theory) and practical (training) compliments each other all the time. This programme has been designed to help you walk the extra mile; to look into the detail of the SRA Way of Play and Life - to ultimately assist you in becoming a professional rugby player and a man of value.

Modules
RugbyConditioning SRA Way, History of Game, SRA Culture and Philosophy, SRA Principles of Play, Game analyses.
Mental ToughnessSportlife: This unique course combines sport psychology and life skills. It offers practical help with critical issues players are dealing with, to help them succeed in their sport or personal life.
ManhoodSomewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving men in “no-man’s-island” - confused about their roles, responsibilitie, relationships and the reason God made them men.

Match performance

Modules
1. Defence
2. Attack
3. Scrums
4. Line outs
5. Kick offs
6. Kicking game
7. Analyses
8. Matches
WP probably have one of the the strongest club leagues in South Africa. We play at the famous Stellenbosch Rugby Club and in the hostel League, and players are therefore eligible for WP u / 19 and u / 21 trials., where they have excellent exposure. The SRA (Knights) play with 2 teams/squads –as a Matie 3 and Matie Hostel team. So far we had 20 international and more than 30 provincial players. We work closely with the SA 7's players for an exciting program to take the player’s 7’s skills, but also their skills in the 15man code, to the next level. It also includes training sessions with the SA 7's group as well as tournaments.

The programme consists of team training (including jersey ceremony). We record games weekly – players assist with their own team / player analyses (Stratus). Info are also available to parents There is a weekly one-on-one meeting about the game. It includes performance analyses, feedback on the performance, exc.

The programme includes:

  • Individual:Time played, points scored, attack, breakdown, attack, discipline.
  • Team: Tries, penalties, free kicks, tackles, handling, defense, attack, yellow and red cards

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Summary

The Rugby program includes:

  • Annual rugby tour during June.
  • Weekly meetings with players, to discuss the program.
  • Ongoing 1-on-1’s with players after matches; and communication with parents if students under achieve (eg. attendance <80%).
  • Full range of Puma clothing and kit, club and gymnasium fees, outings and transport (training). This excludes medical costs - so players must make sure that they are on a medical plan.
  • Parents receive a continuous and complete report of students' academic and rugby progress via our on-line platform. Attendance stats are available on our web site weekly.
  • Portfolio with every player's stats, physical information and video is available.
From their second year, students get the opportunity to play or coach rugby overseas , as part of our Exchange program. Our partner, Discovery, also offers their smart series for students to our students - the most affordable quality health care. Students have access to the widest and best health care coverage available.

Players who are under-performing may be required to immediately leave the Rugby Academy, but will still be responsible for all fees.