Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture

Ekurhuleni to Have Female Rugby Institute in Springs

The first female rugby institute, Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute, will be based in Wit Road in Springs.

This institute is to provide quality coaching in rugby specific skills, strength and conditioning, and a variety of programmes and study fields to interested young and up-coming rugby players. In partnership with UXI Private Education Pty (Ltd), it will also help create a career path for players in the fields of coaching, refereeing and administration. Courses and workshops cover the likes of sport psychology, nutrition, rugby safety, technical rugby analysis and sport conditioning.

“This programme will assist a great deal with female rugby growth in townships and it will be a reality and no more a dream as it always has been,’’ says Jaco Coetzer, UXI Sport Women’s Rugby Development Manager.

 The Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute offers a three-year study plan and participants will on a yearly basis be deployed to different schools in Kwa-Thema, Tsakane, Daveyton and Etwatwa to impart lessons learnt to young girls in the schools.

Quality professionals involved in the institute include Dr Nkanyezi Mthimunye who hails from Ekurhuleni, and will serve as the in-house resident medical doctor. She played sport such as netball and cricket at provincial level and also worked on the Sharks Rugby Union medical panel.

The official opening of the institute is 3 March 2021. Any woman wanting to be part of the rugby development program can apply by contacting either Catherine Lowane at or Jaco Coetzer at