From arriving back in SA after a visit to Las Vegas and Seattle in March, Le Roux had 3 days to recover from jetlag before setting off to Mauritius with Curro Tennis Director Jared Temlett. Frankie was delayed in Portugal after his training camp with the German Sevens team and could sadly not join as planned.
Various opportunities for Tennis and Sevens Rugby were identified and the purpose of the trip was to assess these and to meet with as many role players in the respective sports in Mauritius as possible. We look forward to the fruition of these opportunities.
Frankie also barely touched base back from America when he was on the plane to Portugal again to conduct a second training camp with the German Sevens team. The goal was to get Team Germany to be promoted to the HSBC World Sevens Series. The qualifying tournament was held in Hong Kong on 8 & 9 April.
Germany lost to Spain in a nail-biting final in the qualifying event and unfortunately just missed out being promoted to the World Series. We are proud of Frankie for the work that has been done with the team – it was a privilege to be involved in the build- up to the Tournament. All the best to Germany – we know they will be back and fighting in 2018!
We enjoyed a lovely morning at SAS (Stellenbosch Academy of Sport) on 18 May where the French Consulate in Cape Town hosted a number of Paralympian athletes to wish them well for their participation on 30 & 31 May.
Well it did go indeed with Anruné Liebenberg (26.14) being the fastest of the women’s T46/47 class while Charl du Toit (23.93) made light work of his return from injury to win the 200m T37. Dyan Buis (23.08) notched up another dominant performance for the South African team as he sprinted home well clear of the field in the men’s 200m T38. Arnu Fourie (running in the T43/44, combine 200m) was chipping away on his PB by breaking the African Record in 200m T44. He ran a 22,26; 0.1 sec faster than his previous AR he ran in Potchefstroom in April this year.
The Consulate General of France in Cape Town, Xavier d’Argoeuves was the guest speaker at the event that included the local minister of Sport, Anroux Marais as part of the guests.
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Le Roux left for a second trip to the USA at the end of May to attend a Board meeting for Redmond Tennis Club in Seattle and then made his way to Florida to join Paul Holmes from Tiger Rugby and Frankie Horne at the IMG Academy. Frankie had a busy schedule with training clinics, even in pouring rain. Le Roux’s time was spent getting everything in place for the Tiger Rugby Africa operation that will kick-off in Stellenbosch with the first group of 20 selected athletes arriving in November for an intense 3 months’ training program. The first intake for the 8 month Academy program will be in January 2018.
We shared a number of videos from Tiger Rugby to our Facebook page @CaylixSport – but here is a teaser.
Le Roux left for Seattle on 26 May where he attended the scheduled Board meeting on 31 May. With the expansion now completed, we look forward to focussing on growing the business.
We enjoyed some good exposure again in the media leading up to the “Match for Africa” that was played at the Key Arena in Seattle on April 29th, with a front page ad and an announcement of the completed expansion on p13.
(The Roger Federer Foundation presented the Match for Africa 4 Seattle - Roger Federer and Bill Gates took the court against John Isner and Mike McCready in a match that helped raise almost 2.5 million dollars for childhood education in Southern Africa - https://vimeo.com/218629243 )
Curro Tennis director, Jared Temlett and coaches Benjamin Van Rensburg, Warren Cornelius, Letitia Kruger and Helen Barrett completed the Teddy Tennis training course in Johannesburg at the end of May.
Teddy Tennis Director, Jason Smit was the tutor for the course and all our coaches had an amazing time of learning the new curriculum.
Teddy Tennis is an offering geared towards 2-5 year olds and incorporates bear characters with music , tasks and activities to develop basic rhythm, balance, coordination and dexterity.
This is all packaged into a fun lesson which really appeals to this age group. Teddy Tennis will be launched in all Curro Schools and will be coming to a Curro Castle near you soon!
Below two introduction videos to the Teddy Tennis concept:
We are pleased to confirm that the 2017 tournaments will again be hosted in Stellenbosch. Both Curro Holdings and Digicall will, for the third year running, be the title sponsors of these prestigious events.
The dates for the 2017 events are as follows:
Curro Junior ITF Series (16 - 30 September 2017)
Digicall Futures Series (18 November - 11 December 2017)
Caylix Sport, Frankie Horne & Tiger Rugby are joining hands and will be launching a Tiger Rugby full residency academy in Stellenbosch - Tiger Rugby Academy (Stellenbosch), providing athletes opportunities to accelerate their growth within the professional Sevens and Fifteen rugby arenas.
In addition to working hard on developing their own skills, all participants will also engage in activities serving the areas around where we live and work and contribute to the empowerment of kids and young adults in these communities. Full press release here.
Furthermore, the rugby specific skills development program, aimed at primary school (Gr 1 – 7) learners was launched under the name “Little Tigers”. The first camp was hosted at Parel Valley High School on 19 May with more than 50 kids in attendance, followed by very successful 2 day camp on 9 & 10 June.
Listen to the Little Tigers “shout”!
A demonstration day was also held at Noordheuwel High School in Krugersdorp on 26 May where the Lions U/13 team showed 22 coaches from 13 schools what the program is all about and we look forward to their buy-in into this superb program.
The focus of these camps is on basic skills such as speed, agility, passing and special awareness, based on Frankie’s vast experience and history in the modern Sevens game.
Training courses will be offered at interested schools with each course consisting of 12 training sessions over a six week period. These courses will ultimately form part of a four course program presented quarterly throughout the year. Contact Ludwig Gerstner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and enquiries.
This is a challenge to everyone to see how much support we can get for the golf day this year, whether it is to enter a 4-ball, sponsoring a hole or making a donation (18A certificates will be issued for pure donations). We are always in need of prizes and vouchers too, so should you have a business or know people who are able to donate prizes, please circulate to them too.
Living Legends currently has more than 10 000 children benefiting from the physical development and life skills programs at various schools in the Western Cape and Graaff-Reinet and the golf day is our annual fundraiser to create more awareness for this NPO and to help support the work they are doing. For those of you who are not familiar with the organisation, a short overview is available here and their latest newsletter here.
The new Living Legends website is still under construction, but we encourage you to follow the social media posts at the following handle: @LivingLegendsYouth.
Without the invaluable support of our Partners, we would not be able to do what we do and we take this opportunity to thank you all once again!
We caught up with team Stellenbrau a while ago and were treated to an interactive Brewery Tour presented by head brewer, Stephen De Jager and a most interesting chat with owner Deon Engelbrecht, where we had the opportunity to hear the Stellenbrau Story from the horse’s mouth.
THE STELLENBRAU STORY
Deon Engelbrecht finished his schooling and, as was the norm in those days, enlisted for his compulsory 2 year military service. He was based in Oudtshoorn and when the Parachute Battalion, nicknamed the “Parabats”, with their maroon barrettes came to recruit, Deon, always ready for a challenge, was first in the queue.
After completing his military service, Deon started a B.Agric degree, but realizing that his two favourite subjects were Economics & Statistics, he changed to a B.Comm, Business/Managerial Economics instead. An entrepreneur and businessman at heart, this was a much better fit.
Deon spent a number of years as a business consultant at the Potchefstroom University and started one of the very first PSG agencies in the country at that time (1999), in Potchefstroom.
Interesting encounters seem to follow Deon and so it happened that, during a visit to KZN, Deon enjoyed a few craft beers with friends that planted the seed of starting his own craft brewery.
Deon decided on Stellenbosch as the base for this new venture – a town filled with heritage and thirsty students. The wheels were set in motion in 2011 and Stellenbrau’s first beer, the Craven Craft Lager, was launched in 2012. This quality beer was voted top lager at the Global Craft Beer Awards in Berlin in 2014.
Three more beers were added to the range: Jonkers Weiss, Governor’s Red Lager and the Alumni Ale. Space constraints soon became an issue and both the Jonkers Weiss and Craven Craft Lager are now being brewed, under license and strict supervision, by Namibian Breweries in Windhoek.
The Governor’s Red with its subtle honeybush aromas and the Alumni Ale with deep, plummy, delicate strawberry accents are still brewed on site at Stellenbrau’s original home at The Wood Mill in Stellenbosch.
A big congratulations to Deon and his team with the recent announcement on Heineken South Africa's deal, which now makes Stellenbrau part of this global brewing concern!
Mario Penwarden, Executive Head of KinetiX, has had a busy start to the term with their marketing for 2018 that kicked off . Should your school be interested to find out more about this curriculum based physical education program, please do get in touch with Mario or Zelda Louw at Mario@caylixsport.co.za or Zelda@caylixsport.co.za.
KinetiX will be presenting their “Toolboks 2” workshop, free of charge to teachers. This will take place on Saturday, 29 July at the Protea Heights Academy School Hall. There is limited space, so book early! Please contact Zelda for more details or bookings.