Four Connect athletes began their job shadowing at Burgundy High Performance Centre on Monday.
Joshua, Reno, Mickael and Tsetse (pictured above with boxing coach and fellow Connect athlete, Onke) will spend the next two weeks working at our gym in Burgundy Estate, Cape Town.
The work experience will give our four athletes a taste of how to operate in the professional, adult world.
This is pivotal for us as an academy to give our athletes every chance to succeed as well-rounded young people once they complete their school education in December.
It’s more than rugby training
Burgundy HPC has been home to Connect’s athletes since April 2018 and it has always been our intention to use it for more than just a rugby training base.
Our four will learn how to coach adults and children of all abilities, working closely with Connect’s co-founder and Head of Performance, Murray Ingram.
During their fortnight Connect will also put the boys through the World Rugby Sevens Level One course, giving them a tangible qualification.
They will also learn the ins and outs of customer service, time management and planning during their time at the HPC.
Joshua, Mickael and Tsetse, meanwhile, are completing their preparations for the national Under 18 rugby sevens competition, where they will represent the South African national LSEN side.
Mickael and Tsetse have already represented the full LSEN team, alongside Reno, at U18 Academy Week in Paarl earlier this year.
We’re delighted to be able to support the boys and encourage their development in a holistic, hands-on way as they continue their journey towards working life.