Rugby

SARU unveils 33rd 'mobile gym'

2012-12-06 17:09
SARU logo (File)
Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has extended its innovative Mobile Team Training System (MTTS) to a 33rd location - in Springbok in the Northern Cape.

SARU Executive Council member, Dawie Groenewald, cut the tape on the installation which provides fitness and conditioning equipment to rugby players in the Springbok region.

The first MTTS was rolled out in 2003 with a clear intention to assist under-privileged players in accessing gymnasium equipment in order to enable them to close the conditioning gap on more privileged players.

The ‘mobile gyms’ are converted containers which come complete with weight training and conditioning equipment. Specially designed exercise programmes are provided which allow up to 40 players to train at one time.

“The MTTS is invaluable when it comes to the development of rugby players in the rural areas, where there is a shortage of equipment,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.

“It’s now almost a decade since the first MTTS was installed at Butterworth in the Eastern Cape and we’ve seen the change in the physique of players that use these gyms. It has also helped clubs in previously disadvantaged areas develop a culture of fitness and strength training through general education.

“The latest MTTS will service a large area where rugby is a favourite sport. Hopefully it will lead to the upliftment of the game in the Northern Cape, where players, coaches and administrators put in a lot of hard work and effort we don’t see in the cities to play the game they love.”
 


Dawie Groenewald, a member of the SARU Executive Council, cutting the tape to mark the opening of a Mobile Team Training System in Springbok. Looking on are Frank van den Heever, centre (Executive Mayor: Namakwa District Municipality) and Zingi Hela, left (Manager Amateur Rugby Griquas). (Photo supplied)

Read more on:    saru  |  springboks  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Hougaard rejoins Blitzboks

2016-05-03 21:28

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Best ‘glamping' spots in the Western Cape

You can get the best of both worlds of camping and luxury living with ‘glamping'.

 
 

Outdoor

6 hiking routes you have to try
South African woman learns to surf at age 70
Pedal power to hit Kouga this May
Watch! Extreme Kiteboarding in pumping Cape Town conditions!
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

If YOU were named the new Springbok coach - and could pick a captain based anywhere in the world - who would you select?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.