The HSBC Penguins International Rugby Football Club was founded in 1959 by the late Tony Mason and Alan Wright, both players for Sidcup RFC, who subsequently became Vice Presidents of Sidcup RFC and Kent County RFU. The HSBC Penguins are recognised as the premier touring club in the UK, having played in or against teams from no less than 72 countries. Indeed, they are not only the most traveled rugby club in the world, but the most traveled sports club in the world.
The principal objective of the Club has been to foster – by coaching and playing – the development, goodwill and camaraderie of Rugby Union worldwide. The Club’s coaching and educational programme is organised by the HSBC Penguin International Rugby Football Coaching Academy, who this weekend will be sending four Coaches to Jakarta to conduct a number of IRB Training courses to help improve the standard of quality of locally based Coaches. These four Coaches will be led by Tony Robinson, from the RFU, who will be accompanied by Rob Drinkwater, Craig Brown and Lee Adamson.
This weekend Tony and Rob will conduct a 2-day IRB Level 1 Coaching Course will which consist of an “Introduction to Rugby Coaching Clinic” which will be held on Saturday October 26 at the Rugby Ground located within the Jagorawi Golf & Country Club, south of Jakarta. This part of the course will consist of ‘hands on’ training with children who are part of the Jakarta Komodos’ Junior Rugby Program, as well as coaching of the Komodos’ Senior players and also a clinic with the Indonesian Women’s Rugby squad. This will be followed by an “IRB Level 1 Coaching” classroom session at the Jakarta International School (JIS) on Sunday October 27, where the attendees will receive education on what is required to become a better Rugby Coach.
Over 30 persons have volunteered their time this weekend to take this 2-day course and many of those registered are young Indonesians, which is great for the future of the Game in Indonesia. It is also great to see that some Indonesian ladies have registered to take this training course as well as this will only help to encourage more females to get involved in Indonesian Rugby.
Next week the HSBC Penguins’ Coaches will visit a number of Jakarta Schools plus the Mama Sayang Orphanage located at Jonggol, south of Jakarta to help foster the ‘Spirit of Rugby’ in the young children and youths of both sexes. The photo above shows some young Indonesian girls enjoying Rugby during a previous Penguins’ visit under the supervision of Penguins’ Coach, Deano Herewini, who incidentally is also one of the Co-Founders of Indonesian Rugby.
Indonesian Rugby is very grateful to a number of sponsors and businesses that have assisted in making the HSBC Penguins’ visit to Indonesia possible including HSBC, Britmindo, Jagorawi Golf and Country Club, Jakarta International School and the Hotel Kristal. Thanks also goes to Jakarta Komodos’ Rugby Club and Indonesian Women’s Rugby for their help as well.
For more information on the HSBC Penguins International Coaching Academy please go to this link:http://www.penguinrugby.com/coaching-academy.asp