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FRU Development Courses Roll Out This Week

The Fiji Rugby Development Unit continues with training and educating coaches around the country last week. The focus this year is directed more in that area, increase participation and women’s
10 Feb 2015 09:52
FRU Development Courses Roll Out This Week

The Fiji Rugby Development Unit continues with training and educating coaches around the country last week. The focus this year is directed more in that area, increase participation and women’s rugby. The response from the five zones has been very positive, reflected on the courses that had been conducted so far.

In Zone 2 that covers Tavua, Vatukoula, Colo North, Yasawa North and Yasawa North, Level 1 sevens and match officiating has been done in Nanukuloa Ra on the 31st and on the 6th at Ba.

Rugby Development Officer Joeli Officer confirmed that this is the first time to conduct a Level 1 7s and Level 1 7s match officiating course in Ra. Participants from the three Tikina’s Nalawa, Nakorotubu and Saivou attended the one day course.

While Tubu conducted the MO course, Fiji U20 national coach Bill Gadolo assisted Alifereti Mocelutu with the coaching course.

The coaching course includes the game knowledge, delivering practices and planning practices. For match officiating two modules were delivered that consist of the roles and responsibilities in assisting refs, communication, positioning, and the laws of the games.

Sixteen coaches and six match officials attended the course.

A big challenge for FRU as stated by Mr Tubu are the fast growing of rugby league in the region and the need to increase the interest for union.

Last week, Mocelutu travelled down to Vatukoula to assess three Level 2 15s coaches, Joji Nikola, Maleli Savai and Nemani Sovakiverata. The three will need to pass two more assessments before they can be accredited. They were part of the 10 participants that started their Level 2 in 2011. Out of the 10, three are players, Jone Lesi, Apenisa Rokosuka and Emori Ratu.

The development unit is also facing the challenge of participants’ movement due to their job, like Uraia Tuidama who did the level 2 in Vatukoula 3 years ago but now in Nausori.

On Friday 6th February, a Level 1 7s coaching and Match officiating was held in Ba. The last time development unit hold the same course in the area was in 2012 and have yet to do a level 2. The focus three years ago was the school teachers. There was a female coach that attended the level 1 coaching course in Ba. Tarisi Qoro is the younger sister of national sevens rep Emosi Mulevoro is a housewife and lives in the FSC quarters in Ba. Region 2 Rugby Development Manager Joeli Tubu says that the inclusion of Qoro in the course will hopefully attract more female into taking up rugby as a sport.

“It’s the first time for me to attend a course like this and it’s an honor being the only female today. I’ve watched a lot of sevens but I’ve learned a lot about the law in the one day course. I will go back and share with the club (FSC Rugby Club) that am involved in what I’ve learned. I hope we will have more courses like this in Ba and especially courses directly for womens.”

The involvement of development officers with the national teams and changes in rugby house in the last two years are some of the reasons the visit to the areas has been slow. In other cases, the unions showed no interest in educating and up skilling their coaches resulting in the development officers running after them if they want any courses to be done.

Hopefully, this year they will recognize the need and the importance of accrediting their coaches, match officials, strength and conditioning coaches and medical team.

Last Saturday, the course was held at Ratu Cakobau for those in Tailevu, Naitasiri and Rewa. The FRU Development request if you need any course to run in your region to call the office on 330787.

Meanwhile, for the women’s Level 1 sevens coach and match officiating that will was meant to be held at Ratu Cakobau on the 28th has been shifted forward to the 27th due to the unavailability of the venue. Application for the women’s courses are closed as well.

 

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