Over 130 Participants, Presenters and Educations from around the Oceania Region and 16 Member Unions are currently in Nadi, Fiji for the 2017 Oceania Rugby Training and Education Superweek.
This year’s Superweek is comprised of Coaching Courses, Match Officials Courses, GiR Training and Conference, Training and Education Conference, Strength and Conditioning Coaching and the Oceania Rugby Regional Development Workshop.
Running across 2 weeks the program will see an additional 72 accreditations for 7’s, 15’s and Strength and Conditioning Coaches achieved along with an additional 45 Match Official accreditations for the region.
“This boost of accredited coaches and Match Officials is the building blocks that Oceania Rugby and our Member Unions will use to continue the development of our game in the region” said Talemo Waqa Oceania Rugby Regional Training Manager.
The Development Workshop which runs from the 12th -14th August will see participants from across the region discuss and present on various areas of rugby including, Financial operations, Player Welfare, issues facing development of rugby, Women’s Rugby, Domestic Competitions, Get into Rugby and Olympic Solidarity.
Samoa Rugby Union's Avii Faalupega presenting on the growth of Women's Rugby in Samoa
Bruce Cook, Rugby Services Manager Oceania from World Rugby noted in opening the Development Workshop on Saturday 12th August that 52% of the participants attending the various sessions of the two-week period were female.
“This impressive figure of 52% female participants at an Oceania Rugby workshop is indicative of the work that Oceania Rugby and the Member Unions have undertaken in the first 18 months of the current Oceania Rugby Strategic plan which sees the participation of Women in rugby as a priority both on and off the field.”
Claudia Pickering, Vanuatu Rugby Union Secretary, said “having 2 people attending from Vanuatu Rugby Union will be invaluable in assisting the growth of our development and coaching programs for the longevity of rugby in Vanuatu”.
The Superweek program is jointly funded by Oceania Rugby, World Rugby, the Australian Rugby Union through DFAT’s Pacific Sports Partnership Program and Olympic Solidarity.