POWERADE RUGBY BARBADOS SEVENS TRAINING CAMP & OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY TECHNICAL COURSE FOR COACHES

The Barbados Rugby Football Union (BRFU) is culminating a busy year of Sevens Rugby with its attendance at the Stepping Stones NACRA Sevens Rugby Championships in the Cayman Islands on November 9th and 10th, 2013. Barbados will be seeking to improve upon its 7th place finish at the 2012 edition in Ottawa, with some significant rewards in store for the top teams in Cayman.

This year’s 12-team tournament will serve as the qualifying tournament for the IRB Sevens World Series Qualifying tournament (March 2014, Hong Kong), the Commonwealth Games (July 2014, Glasgow) and the CACSO Games (November 2014, Mexico). While winning the tournament will be difficult due to the presence of representative teams from Canada and USA, once those two teams play according to their seeding and make it to the final, the other teams that finish in the top four have much to look forward to.

{FILE IMAGE - Blue & White Jersey} "The support that we have received from the BOA and Olympic Solidarity this year has been tremendous" said BRFU President George Nicholson. "Our first objective is obviously to qualify for CACSO 2014 and to do so as the top seeded team, but we have also targeted the SWS Qualifiers in Hong Kong and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as we believe that these are realistic goals given the preparations that we have had to date".

{FILE IMAGEBlue & White Jersey} “The support that we have received from the BOA and Olympic Solidarity this year has been tremendous” said BRFU President George Nicholson. “Our first objective is obviously to qualify for CACSO 2014 and to do so as the top seeded team, but we have also targeted the SWS Qualifiers in Hong Kong and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as we believe that these are realistic goals given the preparations that we have had to date”.

The top Caribbean team will qualify along with Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, while the top 2 Caribbean/Mexico teams would qualify for the SWS HK Qualifying tournament. The top 5 Caribbean teams would qualify for the CACSO Games.

The Barbados team comprises players based in the UK and Barbados, with their respective names being the Flying Fish and the Cou Cous. The Flying Fish have participated in 7 tournaments in the UK over the summer, with 2 of the Cou Cous players spending 3 months in the UK playing with the team in 5 of those tournaments. The Cou Cous have themselves played in two tournaments since the 2012 NACRA Sevens in August, with their attendance at the Tobago Sevens in December 2012 and the Victoria Sevens in September 2013.

“The players have really bought into what we are trying to achieve here” says Coach Joe Whipple. “They have been working hard on their fitness as individuals and patterns of play as a team. We have identified some new talent, not only in the UK but in Barbados, and will be looking to do well in Cayman and beyond.”

Nine UK-based players are scheduled to arrive in Barbados on Monday, October 28th, where they will join their local counterparts at the Powerade Rugby Barbados Sevens Camp to be held in Barbados from October 29th – November 6th. “This will be the most intense and well-run camp that many of these players would ever have experienced.” said Whipple. “This camp will serve as ideal preparation for the Cayman tournament, allowing the UK-based players to acclimatize and for management to compare the players for the upcoming tournaments in 2014.”

During the first five days of the camp, the BRFU would also be hosting an Olympic Solidarity Technical Coaching Course in conjunction with the Barbados Olympic Association at their Wildey headquarters. The presenter will be Ric Suggit, the current head Coach of the USA Women’s Sevens Rugby Team, and former Head Coach of the Canadian National Men’s and Women’s 15s Rugby teams. Ric is based at the USA Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista, California, which gives him access to the latest methodologies and information being used there.

While some of what Ric will be presenting would be rugby-specific, several of the course modules, such as Communication, Strength and Fitness Training, Game Day Preparation and Video Analysis are applicable across all sports. Consequently, the BRFU has extended an invitation to National Federations and various clubs to send representatives to attend the course.

“We have had a moderate response to this invitation from the National Federations, but I am happy to say that several club coaches from various sporting disciplines have indicated that they would be attending.” said Nicholson. “The course has been structured so that the majority of the modules start at 6.00 pm to accommodate working persons, and as the cost of the course is fully covered by the Olympic Solidarity grant, we saw this a wonderful opportunity to give a wide range of coaches exposure to a fellow coach who is practicing his trade at the highest levels of his sport.”

Nicholson indicated that there are still a few spots available for Club or National Federation coaches who are interested in attending the course. He can be reached at gnicholson@adebbarbados.com . Coaches may also contact the BOA or their National Federation for further details.

Rugby Barbados Sevens would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their kind assistance and contributions over the past two years:

  • The Barbados Olympic Association
  • The Olympic Solidarity Trust Fund
  • The Arts and Sports Promotion Fund
  • Banks Holdings Limited
  • Apes Hill Golf Club
  • Virgin Atlantic Airlines
  • The Barbados Tourism Authority
  • Shelbury Construction Limited
  • Climate Control (Barbados) Limited
  • Roving Response Team
  • The Barbados Sports Medicine Association
  • Mongoose Sportswear

For further information on how your company or organization can contribute to or become a sponsor of the Rugby Barbados Sevens team, please contact Jason Brewer at jason@iplbarbados.com.

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