Norway Rugby Union, in partnership with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Federation (NIF), and South African Rugby Union, are engaged in a Volunteer Exchange programme, which seeks to use Coaches from Historically Disadvantaged Communities in South Africa, for 10 months a year in the areas around Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Olso, to help with growing the game, and giving them an opportunity to grow as coaches and as individuals. The programme is funded by Fredskorpset, a Government agency. This programme is part of a much larger Volunteer Exchange programme run by NIF and Fredskorpset, and also sees Players from Norway travel to South Africa to attend the Sharks Academy Elite Course and then work in the Township Communities for up to 8 months. The programme has been running for 5 years now.
The current programme in 2013 sees one Springbok Woman going to Trondheim and one male going to Bergen to become part of those communities as a coach and player. Also happening this year is that one Norwegian is in South Africa and is based in Kwazulu Natal, coaching in the Township Communities and playing for a local club.
For 2015, only one Volunteer was selected, Vuyisinani Magoda, and he arrived in Norway early September after attending the general orientation in Zambia late August. He is based in Bergen and hase already started playing for their local clubs and coaching the local communities in the area he has been placed. No Norwegian Volunteer was placed in South Africa for this round of exchanges.
In more good news, Mats Danielsen, the volunteer who as in South Africa in 2013 and 2014, has been appointed as a development officer in Norway and will be placed in charge of the programme from a Norwegian Rugby Union viewpoint, which is fantastic news, as he understands the programme and what is required to make it work better.
Pics of the Norwegian Exchange candidates are on this website.
The Two SARU Exchange candidates for 2014, Zandile Manqosha and Mawell Bokoyi, are now in Norway since 3 September after attending the Holding camp in Zambia from 22 August to 3 September. They are based in Trondse and Bergen and have already started playing for their local clubs and coaching the local communities in the areas they have been placed. The Norwegian Volunteer in South Africa ie Jenny Hyderdahl, is based in Woodlands, Pietermaritzburg, and is coaching and working at the local primary and high school in the area. SARU representatives, Nico Serfontein and Richard De Jager, will be visiting Norway to meet with NIF and FK Representatives, as well as NRF representatives between 23 September and 28 September, and meeting with the volunteers at the same time. The Itinerary includes meeting with Fredskorspet and NIF (Who fund the programme), as well as Norway Rugby Federation/Union in Oslo and Bergen.
Mats Danielsen, who completed the Sharks Academy Elite International Course in Durban and enjoyed the course tremendously, returned to South African end January to complete his volunteer programme and left on 31 May 2014 after working in the Historically disadvantaged communities. He was assisted by one Lithuanian rugby player, who also was working in the Disadvantaged Community and one of the Major Rugby Schools in the region.
The Two SARU Exchange candidates for 2014, Zandile Manqosha and Mawell Bokoyi, are leaving for Norway on 3 September after attendind the Holding camp in Zambia from 22 August to 3 September. They will be based in Trondse and Bergen and information on their experiences will follow once they have arrived in Norway. SARU representatives, Nico Serfontein and Richad De Jager, will be visiting Norway to meet with NIF and FK Representatives, as well as NRF representatives between 23 September and 28 September, and meeting with the volunteers at the same time.
(Pic below is of Zandile Manqosha and Maxwell Bokoyi at Cape Town Airport (Centre with Blue Tracksuits), with their families seeing them off)
(Picture below of Mats Danielsen of Norway on the far left, training with his club, PMB Collegians, in South Africa)