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About Us

Since established in December 2020, our passionate group of coaches have been on the front foot of the development of female and youth rugby within local communities in and around Cape Town.

 

The following principles are applied to develop and improve set ups:

  • Promoting Participation

  • Tutoring Talent

  • Organising Opportunities

Currently Up and Under is the leading youth female rugby developer in Cape Town. We are privileged and honored to be the preferred service provider for the development and growth of youth female rugby development at DF Malan High School,  Fairbairn College and our own Ladies Rugby Academy in affiliation with Up and Under Rugby Club.

Through our services we have trained and upskilled over 200 new female rugby players and providing opportunities for new rugby coaches to enter the industry.

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By hosting regular events such as Coaching Clinics, Tournaments and Functions, we promote the necessary opportunities and exposure for every participating individual. 

 We are excited to do our part in shaping a sustainable future for our youth in rugby.

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Our Purpose

“Developing future rugby players and coaches”

We believe in the holistic development of each individual, that carries strong values of teamwork and leadership skills. Whether as a player or as a coach our value based development system will produce the future of South African women's rugby as strong and independent leaders.

Inspired by our title sponsor, Care Dynamics, we have adopted the responsibility of "CARE" as our core purpose value for 2023.
Through activity and continuously displaying care in our own set ups for our players and reaching out to communities, organizations and individuals who are in need of that extra bit of care,  we exercise our values.

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The Founder

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Achievements:

Up and Under Ladies Rugby Academy:

  • 23 Provincial players

Up and Under NTK Girls:

  • u/18 Champions of 2023 Hermanus 7's

  • u/16 Champions of 2022 TWRA Knysna 7's

  • u/19 Runners-up of 2022 TWRA Knysna 7's

Rhinos Rugby Academy Girls:

  • Pretoria Champions of 2022 Tens Rugby Championship South Africa

  • Stellenbosch Champions of 2022 Tens Rugby Championship South Africa

Western Cape Sevens Girls Rugby:

  • Champions of 2022 National School Sports Championship u/15 Girls 7's 

 

NTK Rugby Club:

  • 2022 Team of the Year at NTK for u/20's

  • NTK Tens Winners 2022

Viaan Jonker

Founder, Director, CEO

A young rugby player and coach turned entrepreneur to pursue a dream to make rugby coaching accessible for all. Providing opportunities for our future players and coaches.

"Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams. If I could at least change that one person's life, that would be the day I realise I'm achieving mine."

Education:

  • ETA College Stellenbosch (2018-2020)

  • Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (2018-2019)

Certifications:

  • Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management 
    (ETA College Stellenbosch)

  • National Certificate Sport, Recreation and Fitness Management   
    (ETA College Stellenbosch)

Experience:

Current

  • Director: Up and Under Ladies Rugby Academy

  • Head Coach: Up and Under NTK (All age groups)

  • Head Coach: DF Malan Girls Rugby (All age groups)

  • Head Coach: Western Province Sevens Girls Rugby (u/15)

  • Head Coach: Western Cape Sevens Girls Rugby (u/15)

 

Previous

  • Head Coach: Rhinos Rugby Academy Girls - Tens Rugby Championship (South Africa)

  • Assistant Coach: NTK Rugby Club Boys (u/20)

  • Coaching roles at a number of high school's in the northern suburbs of Cape Town.

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