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Sport Manawatu and the Manawatu Rugby Union are running a series of free workshops and training camps aimed at local rugby sevens players and coaches.
Teachers and club coaches interested in learning the basics of the sport can register for a free Coaching Workshop at Freyberg High School on Monday February 27.
There will also be a Schools Sevens Training Camp starting on March 5 that will run for three weeks for secondary school boys and girls aged 16 and over.
‘This is a great opportunity for coaches to learn more about the general structure of the game and develop the knowledge and confidence to coach rugby sevens effectively,” says Sport Manawatu’s Mike Pettman.
“Both of these programmes will provide coaches and players with the perfect lead up to the Regional Secondary Schools Sevens Tournament on April 1, where the winner will qualify for the BNZ Condor Sevens.”
The BNZ Condor Sevens includes the top 16 teams in New Zealand who compete for the national championship.
“Sevens has now been included as a 2016 Olympic sport and the NZ Rugby Union has a strategy to identify talented school boys and girls, along with developing skills and growing the game. We think these course will be a great opportunity for our future sevens players and it’s a good way to create more of a pathway into the game for school aged kids.”
Students can register for the training camp via their sports coordinator while teachers and club coaches can register at sportmanawatu.org.nz/sevensworkshop.