The Lions and Xerox have joined forces to conduct rugby coaching clinics at Johannesburg’s Orchards Primary School, in collaboration with Lions4Life, which has proven to be extremely impactful. Xerox Lions players have been providing rugby lessons for the underprivileged schoolboys, who hail from nearby townships, teaching the students basic rugby skills.
According to head coach, Selwyn January, the coaching clinics have led to an increased interest in the sport and participation growth from the pupils. Seeing as the school is lacking in rugby coaches, the clinics provide necessary coaching and the presence of the athletes as role models encourages discipline and enthusiasm for the game. January also acknowledged the importance of the sessions for the coaches, who have benefited from the training strategies employed by the Xerox Lions players.
While some of the boys seem frozen with awe at first sight of the Lions rugby players, they immerse themselves in the activities once the rugby starts. The young boys are taught rugby basics through a series of drills that involve running, passing and scrum work. These clinics have provided the students with a positive and enjoyable escape from their often-difficult home lives.