NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) RFC tactician, Curtis Olago, is set to undergo a 15-day high performance training in South Africa in July 2018.
Olago has received the coveted invite from Western Province RFC High Performance Manager, Greg Hatcher.
Hatcher said they have given Olago the opportunity to get attached to the club’s coaching staff from July 1 to 15.
The coaching cum tour is meant to enable him to upscale his technical ability with the best drills from around the globe.
“Rugby games are won largely from brilliant technical decisions; we want to benchmark ourselves with the best teams and the tour is a good exposure for our coach as he seeks to attain great skills and impart them on technical bench members and the playing unit,” KCB Group Head of Customer Experience and club’s patron, Job Njiru, underlined.
The exercise will entail highest levels of coaching commitment, intensive development and implementation of programs, highly structured and formalized competitions, emphasis on decision making and data management, extensive interpersonal contact, and lastly criteria on selection of players for each game.
Olago will also be exposed to five key programmes among them preparations with super rugby team, DHL Stormers RFC.
He will grace team training and weekly schedules of DHL Western Province RFC ahead of their SuperSport Challenge Cup.
“Olago will also be taken through all high performance tactics at the Western Province High Rugby Performance Centre and at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports.
“He will also have the chance to visit South Africa 7s, South Africa Rugby Sevens Academy and Western Province Rugby Institute as well as the Newlands Rugby Stadium to gain more experience,” Hatcher stated.
South Africa boasts of a robust rugby system that has invested heavily on talent development and world class training facilities
Olago’s trip to South Africa comes hot on the heels of two historic Kenya Cup victories that were largely inspired by a similar journey last year where KCB RFC visited Western Province Rugby High Performance Centre in a ten-day training tour.
While cherishing the invite, Olago underscored the importance of the expedition that will see him improve his skills and tactics ahead of new Kenya Rugby Union season.
“I wish to thank KCB management for sponsoring me to attend the training, the South Africa tour will enable me to improve my skills as a coach and ultimately instill a change of shift in the mental strength and focus of the players” Olago emphasized.
He hopes to apply interpersonal skills and appropriate strategies and tactics learnt in SA to enhance performance of individual players and the team as a whole.
KCB defended the Kenya cup this season after edging out Kabras Sugar 29-24 in a closely contested final, that saw the bankers win the tournament unbeaten in all 13 outings.