SRF has been mandated by the ministry of education to train rugby in 36 primary and secondary schools in Nairobi and Kiambu Counties. SRF coaches utilize the Physical education sessions to coach basic rugby skills to the students twice a week. The main purpose of the school visit is to introduce rugby to the students. Sessions are structured to ensure fun and enjoyment to the students. It is through these school visits that we grow the number of players in our centers.
Every Sunday, a team of 28 coaches (Male and female) conducts rugby clinics in each of our 5 centers. On average, every Sunday 750 players attend the sessions. A 2-hour session of rugby and a 1-hour session of life skills from 2pm to 5pm. Combining life skills and rugby training ensures that our players develop on and off the pitch. The rugby training sessions employ a game based approach to ensure that the children can easily understand the sport. All the 750 players are part of the SRF feeding program every Sunday in all the centers.
SRF organizes tournaments for 7-aside and 15-aside for all age grades (U11, U13, U15, U17) for both boys and girls. These competitive games allow the coaches to assess the level of skill development and the extent to which the values and life skills have been embraced by the players. The quality of competition in our leagues has continuously earned us invitations to tournaments and matches against private & International schools (International school of Kenya, Pembroke, Peponi, St. Andrew’s Turi, Braeburn). This creates a good platform for exchange programs and gives hope to our players who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
SRF has two senior teams for both girls and boys. The senior boys' team (ages 17-25) plays in the 15s Nationwide league and National 7’s Circuit. Currently the team has 60 players registered under the Kenya Rugby Union. The senior girls' team (ages 16-21) compete in the Women’s League of the Kenya Rugby Union. It has 30 players registered under the Kenya Rugby Union. These teams ensure sustainability in the SRF programs by providing an avenue for the children who have gone through our grassroots development program to play at a more competitive level. Over the years our players have been called up to the National teams (U20 national team and Kenya lionesses).
SRF hosts coaching workshops to build its coaches capacity with the skills and development of rugby. The workshops are facilitated by qualified Word Rugby educators. To date, we have held more than 15 workshops to build the capacity of our coaches. This ensures that our coaches are trained to deal with specific age grades.