Rugby under-20s get pocket money
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) The under-20 national rugby team, which is scheduled to travel to Uruguay for the Junior World Rugby Trophy later this month, received a timely boost when well-wishers pledged to provide the youngsters with pocket money.
The competition takes place from 29 August to 10 September.
In a media briefing at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Thursday, coach Rodger Thompson said some supporters and parents came together to raise the funds.
We have noticed that it is always difficult for the young players to have money to spend or do some activities when they travel on national duty. Most of them are students, either in high school or universities, hence the decision to embark on a fundraiser, Thompson said.
Various well-wishers from within Namibia and outside donated wine and cash to motivate the team.
The wine was auctioned off a few weeks ago to raise money.
Rae Bjerre, a Namibian based in South Africa, said the idea came about from his previous experience as a young Namibian sportsperson.
We experienced the same in our days when we would tour and find ourselves without pocket money. So I decided I can give back to Namibian sports by initiating this fundraiser, he said.
Thompson could not reveal how much has been raised so far as the auditors are still verifying the amount.
Team captain Prince Haseb thanked all those involved in the initiative and called on his teammates to repay the faith shown to them.
I am confident that as a team we will work hard to achieve our goal of bringing positive results, he said.
The coach said this year they are targeting to finish in the top three teams.
He added that preparations are going well, with most players already in camp, including those studying or based outside the country.
We are expecting the remaining four players to join camp by next week, he said.
This will be the fifth consecutive time Namibia participates in Junior World Rugby Trophy.
Last year the team played in the bronze final playoff, where they lost to Fiji by 44 points to 30, thereby finishing fourth.