We are so proud to announce our partnership with SA Rugby in taking a step towards the development of women’s rugby. Betway Next Phase
, is an exciting 3-year initiative that will be spearheaded by SA Rugby’s first-ever High-Performance Manager for women’s rugby, Lynne Cantwell and will see us alongside SA Rugby embarking on a nationwide endeavour to help develop, upskill and empower coaches in women’s rugby.
As a proud sponsor of the Springboks, we have agreed to champion this three-year coaching programme with SA Rugby to elevate the level of women’s rugby in the country. The programme officially gets underway next month in the form of in-depth masterclasses conducted by the seasoned Cantwell, who will also be supported by Director of Rugby and World Cup-winning coach, Rassie Erasmus.
“As a brand that has consistently demonstrated its passion for developing sports in our communities, we are quite excited about the positive impact that the Betway Next Phase
will have in our objective of gaining ground in the women’s game.” said Betway SA Marketing Manager, David Rachidi.
Cantwell heaped praise on the Betway Next Phase programme, saying that attracting coaching experience into the women’s game at provincial level was a priority identified early on and that investing in coach development at a community level in the women’s game was essential to grow the standard of the game at all levels. “Our national players spend most of their time at their provinces,” said Cantwell. “Therefore, having access to coaching experience that provides the technical and tactical guidance needed to improve their game sense and core competencies will help to drive the standards in the game significantly.”
Thanking Betway for their continued support of rugby through their partnership, SA Rugby President, Mark Alexander said he has no doubt that Betway Next Phase
will achieve its goal of aiding the development of women’s rugby in South African communities and ultimately, lay solid building blocks towards the success of the women’s national teams.
“With Lynne’s passion and knowledge, and the assistance of Betway, we can now take the women’s game to a new level, and we are excited about this new venture. I want to thank Betway for getting actively involved in the game.”
In addition to the programme coaches, the Betway rugby ambassadors Motshidisi Mohono, Victor Matfield and Jean De Villiers will share their inspirational knowledge and encouragement throughout the programme.