A bursary for tertiary education will be awarded to the best school rugby kicker in the Western Cape. The search is on!
While hosting kicking clinics at local schools, kicking coach and former Springbok, Vlok Cilliers, noticed that the tremendous amount of rugby talent in schools.
He thus decided to host a competition to find the best school kicker in the province. The winner of this competition will receive a bursary to study at a local tertiary institution.
Vlok hopes that this competition will open doors for young kickers, either to go to university and hopefully play for a Varsity Cup team or to be accepted at a rugby institute.
“My dream for this competition is that it will give a young rugby player a boost and fast track his career. Hopefully, the winner will even play for the Springboks one day. “Kicks can decide matches. They can break your heart or send you into a state of euphoria. They play a pivotal role in matches and we need to develop this skill in South Africa.”
Vlok would like to showcase this skill – at first in the Western Cape and later in other provinces as well.
He hopes that in a few years the various provinces’ best kickers will compete against each other to find the best school kicker in South Africa.
Well-known South African rugby players encouraged young kickers to enter this competition.
Springbok and Stormers player Damian Willemse described it as a great initiative: “It would have been awesome for me to participate in a competition like this when I was a youngster. Have fun and enjoy it. I might even challenge the winner…”
Springbok fly half Morné Steyn congratulated Vlok on coming up with this concept: “Hopefully this competition will help some of the players to play for a provincial and even a national team one day. May the best kicker win!”
Another Springbok fly half, Handré Pollard believes the competition could definitely put players on the map: “I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome day and a great experience.”Sponsors like Cash Crusaders, USN, Henties and PostNet are already on board.
The competition will be held at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on 14 September 2019. On the day, kickers will be required to showcase their skill with kicks at goal, as well as technical and line kicks.
Schools are invited to enter their best kicker. They need to provide the learner’s kicking statistics, academic record, a video of his kicking action and a motivation by the learner of why he would like to enter the competition.
This can be sent to Vlok at firstname.lastname@example.org. A group of 50 players will be invited to compete. “We strongly suggest that learners apply to the academic institution of their choice in advance, as many universities’ applications close before the competition.
We also encourage them to keep their marks up and work hard at their academics. Only a few rugby players are fortunate enough to make a living out of rugby. Being able to earn a degree while also playing rugby is a huge opportunity and privilege,” concludes Vlok.
The South African Rugby Legends (SARLA) will be present at the final selection round of the competition in Stellenbosch on the 14 September 2019.
Stefan Terblanche, SARLA CEO, concluded “This is such an incredible initiative and a life-changing opportunity for the youngster who receives the bursary.” adding “Seeing ex-players involved in finding innovative solutions to ensure the accessibility of rugby makes all of us at SARLA so happy as it aligns completely with our goals. We wish everyone involved the best of luck.”
For more information, contact Vlok Cilliers on 082-822-0077.