METHODOLOGY

The WPRI programme utilizes a modular approach during which players will follow a fixed daily routine that is coordinated by the coaching team and support staff. The programme is quantity-driven, yet aims to achieve a balance of quality between lectures, practice sessions on the field, experimental activities, field trips, social functions and free time.

The starting point is the rugby and life skills evaluation, which takes place during the first few weeks. This provides the basis on which specific individual goals will be developed within each player. It also provides the basis for evaluating both the players and the course throughout the year.



RUGBY CURRICULUM

The WPRI year is split into two five month segments. The first five month period comprises the WPRI-programme and is aimed at building a complete pre-season that focusses on proper gym training techniques, conditioning, rehabilitation and on-field rugby coaching.

The second five month period comprises the WP u19 national competition campaign using the players that have been selected from the WPRI and WPRA groups to compete in the four month competition.

During the course of the year players will undergo coaching in 11 modules focusing primarily on:

The Individual
Understanding one's positional requirements both in attack and defence forms the basis of the individualised approach. Players will be equipped with individual and mini unit skills for specific areas of focus, such as evasive running, fixing your opponent, passing and catching, continuity in attack, line speed, making different tackles as well as regaining the ball in defence.

Functioning as a pack of forwards or a backline
This approach focusses on understanding the varied roles of unit play, such as set pieces and first phase attack and defence.

Playing as a team
Due to the need for context-development, the WPRI annually play up to ten matches as a group during the first five-month semester of the programme. This includes two annual games against the SA u20 side, three matches against other provincial u19 and u21 teams, up to four matches against the WP Academy as well as matches against the Maties and UCT Young Guns teams, not to mention the number of internal games designed to measure the players’ mettle against each other.

Match conditions are used to measure the following game-related outcomes:

  • Knowing your strengths and weaknesses
  • Understanding the team strategy
  • Implementing tactics in order to achieve outcomes
  • The role of the substitutes bench



LIFE SKILLS AND EDUCATION

Our View on Education

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  - Clay P. Bedford

Since our inception in 2007 we have often been asked about our views on academics and access to university studies. We have always encouraged our players to start studying on a part-time basis through institutions that offer distance-learning options. Although we would not facilitate the academic offering ourselves, we would still steer players in their desired direction of interest as well as offer them enough time to study and write tests or exams, even if it means missing rugby programme-based commitments.

New exciting developments in the recruitment of student rugby players by some of our Western Cape universities have opened up a number of formal academic degree options for our WPRI-players while they partake in the programme (Contact US for more information). This option is already greatly assisting some of our players who have clarity about their desired educational route. For most, however, this isn’t always an immediate option.

From our experience we have learnt that the general school leaver that enters the WPRI generally needs to develop a better perception and understanding of the different academic and vocational options that are available to them in the modern world. Our modern economy has evolved dramatically over the last few decades and there are a vast number of channels available to build a modern living from. Many of these aren’t covered in school or university career guidance programmes. Mr Johan Rupert, chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch, recently mentioned in a graduation speech, that most of the top ten jobs available today did not exist just over a decade ago.

The career advice that these boys need to use to make important life decisions are a couple of steps behind of the changes in the economic environment, greatly due to its rapid evolution. Just imagine how incredible it would be if today’s school leaver was taught how to assess himself and his environment in a learning process that was continuous and adaptable, all aimed at adding value and achieving success.

We decided that we would aim to fill this gap for the players and assist them with how they see themselves in the working world before asking them to choose. Time spent on a process of self-development for achieving success in the modern world is much more valuable than prescribed study for boys who don’t know how and what to choose yet. The low degree completion-rate nationally for boys engaged in kicking off a professional career in rugby pays testament to this fact.

We aim to achieve this process of discovering the working world through our formal self-learning curriculum called TRITIME.

Built on three foundational focus areas (Read, Associate, Explore), we want to assist players in developing a new enjoyment for learning and also empower them to further their learning efforts in a number of non-accredited routes, all aimed at self-development and promotion.



The TRITIME Self-Learning foundations include:

  1. READ

    Financial Literacy and Investing
    Business and Entrepreneurship
    Biographies and Success Stories
    Self-Improvement
    Discovering the World in a new way
    Leadership
  2. ASSOCIATE

    Developing Networking Skills
    Guest Speakers and Special Presentations
    Spending time with Successful Industry Leaders
  3. EXPLORE

    MYSELF
    Psychometric Testing
    Strengthsfinder
    Mental Coaching
    Career Assessments

    MY WORLD
    Job Shadowing
    Online Short Courses aimed at career content discovery
    Group Discussions
    University Open Days
    Documentary Screenings
    Life Skills Development, including prescribed and optional choices:

    • Financial Literacy, Budgeting, Investments, Goal Setting, Contracting, First Aid & CPR, Substance Abuse, Communication Skills for the Professional World, Nutrition, Cultural Appreciation, Language Lessons, Music Lessons, Cooking lessons for Bachelors etc.