On 14 June 2017 ASICS and the organisers of the TAG Rugby joined forces with members of the Springbok Squad to host a TAG Rugby Clinic in Durban South Africa. The clinic was presented to children of Eqinisweni and Eskululiwe Primary Schools at College Rovers Rugby Club. It was a memorable experience for all the children to receive lessons from their Springbok heroes.
Springbok players and ASICS ambassadors Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira and Eben Etzebeth was joined by Courtnall Skosan, Siya Kolisi, Jesse Kriel and Rudy Paige to get back to basics with the youngsters. ASICS has been a proud partner of the TAG Rugby Adopt a School Programme over the past three years and currently sponsor 10 schools nationwide.
The Tag Rugby Adopt-a-School Programme aims to provide children with the opportunity to play sport and have fun, and engage in activities they wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to enjoy. By being active and playing sport, children have a reason to stay off the streets and away from the ills of society that often confront them.
By using Tag Rugby, which requires no infrastructure or rugby experience, the learners in less resourced areas where there are poor or no facilities, can enjoy the feeling of running with a ball in their hands and having fun with their friends. Tag Rugby encourages and creates the oppertunity for boys and girls to play sport together. Tag Rugby can be played by both boys and girls because there is no contact in Tag Rugby the fear of injury is removed from the game and children of different physical size and capabilities can play together.
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Yesterday’s event was a celebration of ASICS’ involvement in the programme and also serves to highlight the fantastic work that Tag Rugby does on a daily basis in communities all over South Africa through their network of donors and coaches. As Official Technical Apparel Partner of SA Rugby the development of the game across the country is a priority for ASICS. ASICS extended their partnership with TAG Rugby last year to expand their push of furthering the development of rugby in local communities.
“Having played rugby for a long time and at the highest level it is a privilege to give back to the community and help young players develop their skills. The commitment and hard work ASICS is putting into grassroots level rugby is crucial for the development of the game and getting children active and interested in sport“, Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira.
“We are very proud to be associated with the team at TAG Rugby and continue to work with our assets to leverage these opportunities in communities nationwide to continuously make a difference. Our company was founded on the belief that sport not only benefits the body and mind – it also overcomes cultural differences and stimulates solidarity. We uphold this founding philosophy by contributing to society and being a positive influence on the communities in which we operate“, Wesley Tam, Sports Marketing Executive at ASICS South Africa.
“ASICS and our other sponsors and donors play an extremely important role in the sustainability and growth of our programmes in the community. Without them we would not be able to create employment opportunities for our coaches or get children physically active and involved in rugby development“, Stuart McConnell from TAG Rugby.