As part of our ongoing partnership with the Lions Rugby Union, the Dlala Nje kids are honing their rugby skills in a weekly coaching clinic run by the Super Rugby supremos.
Every Wednesday Dlala Nje rugby fundi James Manguza takes a group of our youngsters down to the Lions training grounds for some running, kicking, passing and tackling.
The first clinic was even hosted by visiting Cornish Pirates rugby coach Sam Teasdale.
“Simply because these kids haven’t seen rugby or played it before doesn’t mean they aren’t keen,” Teasdale said.
“They just want to get out there and play. And they all have a smile on their face.”
Dlala Nje and the Lions’ relationship is just beginning. And coaching clinics like this are a sign of the potential this partnership has.
“We’re walking distance away from Ellis Park, how can we not be diehard Lions fans – its such a no brainer,” said Michal Luptak, Dlala Nje co-founder.
“The Lions are passionate about this part of the city – it is their home. And these are their children.”
We’ll be making sure our boys and our girls are out on the pitch every wednesday. And who knows: We might even have a couple of cubs in the mix. At Dlala Nje we recognise the importance of sport in creating well-rounded individuals, and we want to see all Dlala Nje kids getting actively involved in team activities such as rugby.
“Its definitely a long term thing,” said Annemie Bester, Lions Media and PR Manager said.
“We want these kids to come through and maybe play for the Lions one day”
PICTURES COURTESY OF JONO WOOD