Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Parel Vallei High - SA Rugby School of the Year!

So proud of all our Parel Vallei coaches, parents and players. What a collective team effort it has been! In my capacity as coach the last 11 years, founder/director of KAIWHANA Rugby™ and now Director of Rugby at Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West, I have been involved with hundreds of South African & North American school and club players! Apart from this, I have been fortunate enough to coach many teams in this time too, and seldom does a team, then a school experience one, as was the 2016 rugby season! The cherry on top the prestigious title as the Top Rugby School in Southern Africa, based on growth, coaches commitment to development, player and parent involvement and last on the list results... Yet they speak for themselves too...

Die uitslae wat HS Parel Vallei se rugbyspanne vanjaar  behaal het, onderstreep die feit dat hierdie skool hom beslis gevestig het as ‘n krag in skolerugby. Parel Vallei se prestasies vanjaar op die rugbyveld is die beste nog sedert die skool 30 jaar gelede gestig is. Parel Vallei se o.19A-span se uitstekende vertoningslys vanjaar word geillustreer met sy indrukwekkende posisie van nommer 29 op die SA Skole nasionale rugbyranglys. Ook die ander spanne van Parel Vallei het vanjaar met groot sukes gespeel.  Die o.14A-span is in die 54ste plek op die nasionale ranglys en die o.15A-span in die 46ste plek. Die o.19A-span het vanjaar 20 wedstryde gespeel en 15 daarvan gewen, 4 verloor en een gelykop gespeel (teen die sterk skolespan van die Oostelike Provinsie, Pearson) Nie net was daar vir die spanne akkolades nie maar die seisoen sluit af met heelwat Nasionale Erkennings vir die harde werk wat spelers en coaches die seisoen ingeploeg het! In 'n neute dop, absoluut fantasties!

Our 5 year transformation plan in placing Parel Vallei High on the rugby map and establishing the school as a force within high school rugby in the Western Cape is well underway, even slightly ahead of schedule with the release of renowned High Schools Rugby website Ruggas.co.za national rankings! PV is the 33rd ranked Top 50 Rugby School in South Africa! This means only one thing to me, we have to work harder, innovate and excel! On the back of the SA Rugby School of the Year award a flood of coaches applications came through. This was perfect timing because, in addition to coaches that departed in 2016 and an ever expanding PV Rugby program (from 6 to 10 teams since 2014) next year, Parel Vallei Rugby had to appoint 4 new coaches. Truly exciting times for PV Rugby and all those involved! All PV Rugby Coaches (if not already Boksmart & WR Level 1 accredited) are sent pre-season to attain these minimum, up to date certifications. Playing experience always a big factor in our appointment of coaches...

Jonathan Schenck – Under 14B:                
Player:  Kingswood College 1st XV 2010/11/12, Rhodes 1st XV 2014/15/16, EP u/21 Squad 2014
Coach:  Kingswood College 4th Team 2014, Kingswood College 3rd 2015, PV Junior post season 2016

Emile Booyens – Under 14B/C:                 
Player:  Parel Vallei 1st XV 2015/16. SCST New Zealand Touring Squad 2016.
Coach: PV Junior Schools Rugby Clinic at Beaumont Primary 2015, PV Junior post season 2016

Erik de Villiers - Under 15B/C:                  
Player: Parel Vallei High 1st XV, NNK u/20, Helderberg RFC 2nds and Milnerton RFC 1st XV
Coach:  Beaumont, Welgemoed and Somerset College Primary (u/8 to u/13)

Jaco Venter – Under 15A:                          
Player:  WP u/16, u/17, u/18 u/19, u/21 and SA Schools Academy 1999 – 2000, WP u/19 Sevens captain. WP u/21 & WP Senior 7’s – 2003. Durbell RFC 1st  XV
Coach:   Stellenberg High 1st XV consultant coach

We welcome these gentleman to the PV fold. I will see all players, dad's and coaches together at Back to Basics in the Grabouw next March for our annual Dad's and Lads Camp... I close with  with deep gratitude towards each coach, player, parent and supporter alike for your undying allegiance to PV Rugby!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!