Cottco Day 5 – Lessons Learnt

The 15th edition of the Cottco Schools Rugby festival rolls into it’s sixth and final day today. It surely has been an exciting week filled with superb rugby. Aside from the excitement at the festival there are lessons to be the learnt from the first five days of the biggest rugby festival in the world. In this post we highlight some of the outstanding lessons.

The Super League is not all wrong.
There had been various complaints about the structure of the reignited schools super-leagues. Results at the Cottco schools rugby festival proved that the ranking system used to place the teams in the respective teams is not all wrong. Peterhouse  Boys won 43-00 against  Allan Wilson. While Churchill thumped Gateway 64-00. Unbeaten the whole of last season Midlands Christian College went down 50-00 to St George’s College. Introduction of a relegation system would make for an interesting season though.

Namibia is still a threat.
For the first time in four years the Zimbawe U19 squad failed to qualify for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy last year paving way for the Namibians. Windhoek Technical School has given the Zimbabweans a hint of what to expect at the upcoming qualifiers which take place in Nelspruit, South Africa in August. It’s a good thing that the newly appointed coach Nsikelelo “Sykes” Sibanda has started his scouting early.

Corporates do support schools sport.
The number of businesses supporting schools sport is impressive. The biggest one of them all is The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe which is in it’s fifteenth year as the main sponsor  of the schools festival. Branded shirts are a common sight at this year’s festival. Falcon College has on its shirts, logos of companies such as Hewlett Packard from Copier Parts Company and Karbonn Zimbabwe. Health International is highly visible on the St John’s College match shirt. Other sponsors  funding the festival include Coca Cola, Favco, Glens Removals & Storage and ZB Bank.

Doping is bad.
One of the main lessons at the festival this year is that on anti-doping. Doping in international sports  is on the rise and it needs to be curbed to stop it from taking root in youth sports. The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee is running an awareness programme in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union to enlighten the young rugby players about the dangers of doping in sport. Learn more about anti-doping by visiting the “Keep rugby clean” website.

Girls rugby is on the rise.
The involvement of girls in rugby has improved as this year there were 13 girls’ teams from eight last year and the Chairperson of Zimbabwe women’s rugby Abigail Mnikwa said ” the level of awareness has improved and we are happy that our efforts to take the game to all areas has been reaping fruits, and also technically the girls have improved and the union is also going to train female coaches in bid to empower the girl child in rugby.”