Guest writer, Benedict Chanakira spoke to some gentleman on a mission. Passionate about development, and sports growth. In an era where sport has turned professional and where majority of kids are more interested in playing video games that playing outside. Rugga Warriors and LIMA High Performance training are in a bid to not only unearth future stars but to build the social, physical and mental side of young athletes.
Who are you guys?
We are Rugga Warriors and Lima High Performance Training.
Who is part of your team?
In our highly qualified team is Ryan Lok, Liam Peterson and Andrew Howitt.
Sport is a essential part of life, so many aspects of life can be taught through playing sport. The qualities and disciplines that can be taught on the sports field can be applied in the lives we live everyday. It’s also a language open to everyone. No matter what background we have, no matter where we come from, we can all be equals on a sports field. It’s a great way to stay fit and most importantly, Sport is a great unifying tool for individuals and society. We all at Rugga Warriors have a love and a passion for Sport and in particular, we all love rugby. We want to pass on our knowledge to the sporting heroes of tomorrow. This is something that we are striving to achieve.
What is your purpose?
Our purpose is that when athletes leave our training facilities they are better equipped to handle themselves on the sports field. Rugga Warriors strives to improve and hone the skills needed by the individual for his or her sport.
How was your first holiday clinic?
Our first holiday clinic which was held at False Bay Rugby Club and was a huge success. The week long program was extremely well attended by a variety of boys from different rugby schools throughout the Western Cape. The poor weather experienced didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of the coaches nor the boys who were in attendance, instead everyone was making the best of the situation where wet weather skills could be worked on. The parents of boys were extremely excited about what we did and what we have to offer, many of whom are already enquiring about the next clinic and when it is being held.
Do you operate over the holidays only?
At the current time we are only operating during the school holidays, however future plans do have us operating all year round, in and out of the school holidays.
What are your short and long-term goals?
Our short term goals are simple, we would like to steadily grow and at the same time host holidays clinics where we are educating youngsters about the beautiful game of rugby. The skills and lessons learnt in our holiday clinics we hope will stand the boys in good stead for their rugby season back at their schools.
Our long term goals are to hopefully one day become an academy, where we work with young and aspiring athletes from all sporting codes, not just rugby. We want to become a well known athletic academy. By being associated with us, it will mean that your sporting attributes for your specific sport will improve helping you make the leap to the next step in competition and hopefully earn national colours in your sport.
Who are the partners involved in this venture?
We are currently in talks and although we were sponsored merchandise for the first clinic we don’t yet have an agreement with the respected parties for us to mention them.
Who are your target age? Do you cater for females?
We cater at the moment for all rugby players from 6 – 16 years of age. In the future we will be catering for females and various codes of sport through our LIMA High Performance section of Rugga Warriors. This is where we train the athlete to be exactly that, an athlete. Working on things like, speed, agility, flexibility, strength, conditionig etc. These are all aspects of sport needed by any athlete in any type of sporting activity. At the current time we are only providing rugby specific training, however we are providing training for the pure athlete and anyone who would like to maintain a healthy life style. We believe in a healthy and active life style and sport is a great way to achieve this while having fun and making friends, male or female.
What do you incorporate in the course, and also what makes your Institute the best?
We incorporate skills training as well as athlete conditioning. What makes Rugga Warriors the best and what makes us different is that we targeting and training specific sporting skills that need to be learnt but most of all we have the High performance training being run alongside the skills training. The overall conditioning of the human body is essential to being able to execute the necessary skills on the field and this is what we train our athletes to be able to do. Speed, agility, core stability, endurance, flexibility and strength are just some of the examples of what can be looked forward to in the High Performance Training.
When the athletes graduate what qualities do you hope will be embedded on them?
When athletes leave our facilities we hope to have installed in them qualities that will enable them to succeed not only on the sports field but in every faced of everyday life. we believe in “hard work beats talent, unless talent works”, which means that with hard work, we can achieve anything. Hard work, respect, discipline and integrity are all vital to succediing in life and on the sports field and this is what we hope to embed in our athletes.