Rugby academy moves to new premises – South Coast Herald

After five years in Uvongo, the Southern KZN (SKZN) Rugby Academy is moving to greener pastures as they have confirmed a move to the Genesis Youth Center at Norwegian Settlers Church in Marburg.

With the move for players ages 18 and 22, the academy will be established in Genesis, which will also serve as the new home of staff, players and home games.

Ready to start a new chapter are Pastor Trevor Downham (left) of Genesis Youth Centre, Hendrick Malan (strength and conditioning coach), Doug Haralambous (director of SKZN Rugby Academy) and Elton Barnes (head coach) of SKZN Rugby Academy.

According to Doug Haralambous, director of the SKZN Rugby Academy and president of the SKZN Sub-Union, the decision to relocate adds tremendous value to the academy as the Genesis campus has more to offer their students. Other amenities include a boma for recreational purposes, a lecture hall and administrative offices, and a field office.

“We are excited about this move as it can only get better from here, especially with the facilities on offer. The strength and conditioning program will be enhanced by the availability of a huge gym and a state-of-the-art cross-fit center,” he said.

SKZN Sub-Union President and SKZN Rugby Academy Director Doug Haralambous (left) and Pastor Trevor Downham of Norwegian Settlers Church are delighted to have joined forces to find a new home for the academy.

“The partnership with Genesis can only add value to the academy,” said Haralambous.

The partnership was also welcomed by Pastor Trevor Downham of Norwegian Settlers Church.

“No one can become great on his own, whoever or whatever he is. We are delighted to be partnering with the academy to educate young men who will become leaders and follow their dreams on and off the rugby pitch,” said Downham.

In addition to all the rugby programs covered by the academy’s enrollment, academic courses and an excellent life skills program will be offered.

In addition to the academy’s move, the SKZN Rugby Sub Union has added a U20 team to the KZN Frank Norris A division competition and will compete against the top teams in the province.

SKZN Rugby Academy management (from left) Elton Barnes (Head Coach), Doug Haralambous (Director) and Hendrick Malan (Strength & Conditioning Coach).

All aspiring U20 rugby players in the South Natal area are encouraged to contact the academy’s coaching staff, Elton Barnes on 078 0141435 or Hendrik Malan on 073 3040655 for more information.

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