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OVERVIEW
“A long and hard-fought dream came true” -Mervyn Green, SARU's General Manager attending the historicSARU Academy
launch of the SARU/SWD Eagles Rugby Academy at Nelson Mandela University's George Campus.

The Academy - a partnership between SA Rugby, SA Lottery Fund, SWD Eagles and NMMU George Campus
(Saasveld) - enrolled its first group of 21 talented rugby players from the Southern Cape/ SWD region and has
been in operation since January 2013.


The SARU/SWD Eagles Rugby Academy is a full-time residential academy system, with a full-time staff
complement providing coaching, education, medical and mentoring support. Its vision is to produce Super Rugby
players in a period of three years by means of exceptional work ethic. Excellence, passion, loyalty, trust, integrity,
discipline and humility are the values that the Academy encourages amongst its members. The Academy aims
to produce future professional players for the SWD Eagles and SA Rugby. It hopes to retain at least 60% of the 2013 players into 2014.

BCom and BEd-degrees, and National Diplomas in Management; Tourism Management and Agricultural Management are some of the qualifications
which Academy members have enrolled for at NMMU.

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PROGRAMME OUTLINE

From the outset the SARU SWD Academy has been based on a holistic approach to deliver a development program under the 6-pillar model to enhance
each selected player.

PHYSICALLY • NUTRITIONALLY • MENTALLY • TECHNICALLY • TACTICALLY • HOLISTICALLY

An important part to this process has been the Life Skills program, which is much in need for the development of the players in many areas such as
finance, social and mental skills, vocational, and nutrition. Through this education it has assisted them in dealing with the balancing act of managing
their time between their rugby and university commitments.

Nutrition also plays a major role in their development and through the sourcing of accommodation at the Phoenix Hostel at the NMMU, George Campus
and the 3 meals per day that the athletes receive in order to perform at the optimal level.

The benefits of affording these players 3 balanced meals a day should not be underestimated with regards to the rigorous training program that they
are undergoing to ensure they can pursue their goals as professional rugby players, coupled with the need to ensure they are still proficient in the
academic work as an integral part of the Kings Academy program, reinforces the need for a balanced diet as a non-negotiable aspect to guarantee
their longevity in the program.

EDUCATION (NMMU)
Our primary objective of the academy is to parallel the athletes achievements on the rugby field with a firm emphasis on further education in the line
of a vocation that is appropriate to each individual, thus ensuring a clear path and direction once his professional rugby career has come to an end.

In this regard the SARU SWD Academy has formed a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) where career planning
is afforded all the athletes with regard to a degree or diploma.

The athletes are afforded all the necessary time to be successful in accomplishing their academic studies, with trainings, gym and life skill sessions
been distributed at times that do not conflict with their academic requirements.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The SARU SWD Academy delivers a high performance program under the 6-pillar model to enhance each selected player.

PHYSICALLY • NUTRITIONALLY • MENTALLY • TECHNICALLY • TACTICALLY • HOLISTICALLY

So the athletes become;


• Highly skilled in all aspects of rugby performance
• Self responsible and self reliant
• On field leaders and decision makers
• Well balanced rugby players
• Vocational and social development, and high personal values

THE SIX PILLARS

1. PHYSICAL CONDITIONING
To develop higher levels of fitness, athletic ability and physical conditioning to enable players to compete in the physical exchanges and intensity of
the modern game. In addition to physical programming, players will be educated in the principles of, Training, Periodisation, Testing, Recovery, Injury
Management, and Sports Nutrtition.


2. NUTRITION
To generate nutritionally self aware and self-reliant players to have skills and knowledge to buy, prepare, and eat foods that supports the training and
performance demands of a professional rugby player.

3. MENTAL SKILLS
To prepare players to perform consistently under pressure at the highest level of the game, and identifying the barriers to success and detail processes
to assist players to overcome those barriers to performance. Foundation information in Beliefs, Performance, Goal Setting, Stress management,
Performance management, handling setbacks, anxiety, self-talk, and visualization


4. TECHNICAL
Developing Core skills and Position specific skills. Understanding General and Positional skill requirements for the game involving Individual skill
assessments:


5. TACTICAL
Developing Decision making and option taking skills. Understanding the tactical requirements of each position and how they correspond with that of
the team. Team and individual reviews of games to assist in option taking, and enhancement of work rate through technical prowess.


6. HOLISTIC
In order to instill Leadership and Life Skills to develop well balanced, self-reliant leaders with the Life skills to succeed in both rugby and in their personal
and professional lives!


The academy will put focus on developing leaders through a Life Skills program that encompasses;


Career planning • Education, and Vocation • Time management • Organization • Communication
Media Relations • Financial management • Personal development.

MANAGEMENT
The 2014 Management is comprised of:


1. Johann Lerm Academy manager
2. Deon Davids Academy Coach
3. Ghafoer Luckan Strength and Conditioning Coach
4. Sikelelwa Xego Academy Manager's Assistant
5. Darryl Coeries Academy Assistant Coach
6. Zane Heyens Technical analyst
6. Innis Erasmus Physiotherapist
7. Abrie de Swardt Life Skills and Academic Co-ordinator
8. Martin de Vos High Performance and Recruiting

SWD RUGBY RESOURCE COACHES THAT ASSIST:
Bevin Fortuin SWD Eagles Head Coach, Anton Leonard SWD Eagles Assistant Coach, Rynhard van As Kicking Coach


ACADEMY PLAYERS OF NOTE
Special mention of the following players that have excelled through the SARU SWD Academy 2013 and 2014
1. Daniel Roberts (Vodacom Cup and Curry Cup 1st Division)
2. Buron Parks (Vodacom Cup and Curry Cup 1st Divition)
3. Kirsten Heyns (Vodacom Cup)
4. Creswin Joseph (Vodacom Cup)
5. Kirwen Appolis (Vodacom Cup)
6. Eldrid James (Vodacom Cup and Curry Cup)
7. Dillen Snell (Vodacom Cup)
8. Johan Steyn (Training squad - SA Under 20)


CONTACT
Tel. 044 871 0104
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