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It’s not about rugby, it’s about young men. It’s not about building a championship team, It’s about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong.
- Larry Gelwix
- Larry Gelwix
Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (SRA), one of the oldest rugby training intitutions in South Africa, was established in Stellenbosch in 2004 by Allie Brand. It is a private institution, registrated as Stellenbosch Rugbyakademie Trust (trustnr. IT 1478/2004). SRA officially opened its doors in 2005 with one full-time staff member, 4 part-time staff and 23 students. Currently, here are about 60 full-time students and various staff members. In November 2018 we became part of CTU Training. It is an incredible testimony of God's faithfulness and grace. In November 2018 we merged with CTU Training Solutions. We plan to expand the existing Rugby Academy concept and brand nationally. CTU, established in 1987, is an accredited private tertiary education provider with 15 campuses nationwide.
Who is Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (SRA)?
SRA was founded to accommodate the many talented young players that want the best possible chance to pursue a professional career in Rugby. We follow SARU's High Performance requirements and guidelines for national rugby academies - including quality programs, pathway to WP/further, as well as a life after rugby. We go even further and have a holistic approach which means we take players on potential (not just talent) - and help to develop them. The focus is not only on rugby, but rather on using rugby as a vehicle to help develop balanced, well-rounded young men who reach their full potential in life. We give preference to talented players or coaches with character, who want to study and / or play rugby in Stellenbosch. We would also like to give players, not spotted at trials or overlooked due to whatever reason, the chance to develop further.
Together we want to create an exceptional rugby experience.
SRA wants to equip and support students in a professional manner to be: • Quality rugby players with the necessary physical, technical / tactical skills to achieve their full potential as players, with a healthy lifestyle ( Body) • Successful and innovative sport and business professionals who are ready for the challenges of life (Mind) • Balanced young men with mental toughness and solid Christian values, who can confidently make independent decisions in the adult world(Soul) “Try not only to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”- Albert Einstein
“It is the first place where I felt true brotherhood, making true friends, whilst getting closer to professional level coaching.” William Holder, old-student The SRA Culture is emphasised in our three pillars of the SRA culture: • Belong • Believe • Behave We live our culture through our chivalry – for those before us and the future knights. Students strive to become a Knight. A Knight is an elite warrior - sworn to a code of law called chivalry and under girdled by four values: Honesty – Humility – Discipline - Work Ethics Page Boy - 1st Year - Basic training - help each other Squire - 2nd Year - Advanced training - help others Knight – Senior - Go out and serve those in need