SKRUM aims to give the youth of Africa HOPE for the future and for once the freedom of CHOICE in their lives through social education and the opportunity to play the wonderful game of RUGBY.
Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known rate of HIV/AIDS infection - 42% of the 958,000 population.
The average life expectancy is a lowly 32 and 31% of all youth are orphans & vulnerable children. It is projected that without bold action these frightening statistics will worsen by up to 25% by 2010.
- To give the school children of Swaziland much-needed education in sex awareness, differentiating between the young and the sexually active, while introducing an element of fun - RUGBY!
- To help develop individuals from families of limited resources who show ability in the game of rugby.
- To ensure that participants in the programme are attending an institution that offers a well-rounded education.
- To educate each participant in all aspects of the game of rugby (playing, officiating, coaching, diet, medical and administration).
- To develop children's personalities and life skills so that they might grow into leaders who can proudly serve their communities and country.
- SKRUM will visit 6 schools per week, coaching and educating roughly 60 children at each school. Groups of 3-4 schools are identified in one area within easy traveling distance, creating the possibility of a "mini league" between schools and hopefully the formation of clubs in the future.
- SKRUM, in partnership with the HIV/AIDS and health awareness programmes within countries throughout Africa, educates all participants in the social skills necessary for healthy and responsible living.
- In 2012 SKRUM kicked off the SKRUM Programme in more countries within Africa where we will visit a further 200 schools and reach 12,000 young rugby players in each country.!
- SKRUM will conduct coaching, officiating and health education courses within each country for teachers to equip them with basic rugby coaching skills. These coaching courses are followed up with workshops to ensure all coaches are kept informed and assessed.
- SKRUM will conduct Rugby Coaching and Officiating Courses at Teacher Training Colleges within each country. This will ensure that teachers taking up their new teaching posts will have the coaching skills to coach basic rugby at schools level.
- The programme will identify and train suitable Coach Trainers and Youth Coaches to assist in promoting the SKRUM programme.
At this moment in time because of SKRUM's actions, rugby is currently the fastest growing sport in Swaziland.
Download a leaflet about SKRUM here