MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Rugby successfully hosted a Training and Education (T&E) Superweek on July 23 to 30, 2022. The T&E Superweek, which was held in Taguig City and Pasig City, Philippines, comprised of a number of course offerings, such as level 1 Match Officiating, level 1 Coaching 7s, level 1 Strength and Conditioning (S&C), level 1 First Aid in Rugby (FAIR), and Activate. In addition, the Superweek also consisted of intermediate and advanced level courses, such as Activate Acquaint for Educators, level 2 Coaching 7s, level 2 Strength and Conditioning, and the Educator Course. The last time a T&E Superweek was organized by the PRFU was in 2016 in Davao City.
More than a hundred Trainers, Educators, and participants took part in the week-long learning event. These participants were from different clubs, schools, and partners from across the country.
"The Manila Nomads Rugby Club is particularly grateful to the PRFU, Asia Rugby and World Rugby for extending these training and education sessions to not only our club members, but the entirety of the rugby community in the Philippines. Many of our members participated in the various course offerings, which will strengthen our club capabilities and help us to improve the knowledge and performance of all our members.", says Chris Edwards - President of Manila Nomads Rugby Club and one of the newly-certified First Aid in Rugby (FAIR) participants. He participated the FAIR course with his daughter.
"Manami kag masadya gid ini nga eksperyensya para sa first timer nga pareho ko sa pag coach sang contact rugby 7's." (It was indeed a great and fun experience for a first timer like me coaching contact rugby 7's)", added Jen Jen Malayo, a representative from Negros Island Rugby and a youth player-coach from the ChildFund Rugby program in the region.
Philippine Rugby's Training & Education program provided pathways for young leaders like Jen Jen who are willing to get involved in the sport aside from playing and help their clubs to be sustainable for the future.
Newly-certified World Rugby Educator for Coaching and Philippine Volcanoes representative, Bella Nepomuceno was also grateful for the opportunity to learn and share her knowledge to the community. "The superweek was super worth it! It was definitely a week of fun, camaraderie, and a whole lot of learning. I'm excited to apply all the knowledge that's been shared to my club and the wider Philippine Rugby community. I can't wait to see the benefits across the different clubs as well."
"What a great Superweek hosted by PRFU. The new generation of Educators are motivational and enthusiastic. I’m sure there will be growth in the community in leaps and bounds!", added World Rugby Trainer Lewis Chua.
PRFU looks to continue its initiatives for local T&E development into 2022 to support the strategic goals and increase participation and awareness of the sport of rugby in the Philippines. Thank you to the POC and World Rugby for supporting T&E development in the country. Thank you to International School Manila, British School Manila, and JML Philippines for providing excellent facilities throughout the week.
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