Former Springboks, professional coaches and provincial players are offering parents a solution to the dilemma of keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays with fun, educational courses.

Taking place from 13 to 19 December at St Charles College, players aged 7 to 17 and coaches of all levels will have the opportunity to learn from these role models as part of the Investec International Rugby Academy’s December holiday courses.

Grounded in the belief that a solid knowledge of the basic elements of rugby are essential components to the development, safety and success of the game, the Academy will include former Springboks Bryan Habana, Braam van Straaten, John Smit, André Pretorius and Ian MacDonald, as well as iconic international coaches Ian McIntosh, Dick Muir and many more.

Position-specific coaching, skills work and mental toughness are high on the learning agenda for all age groups. High school players (ages 13 to 17) are offered two options – a 5-Day Players Course and an Advanced Players’ Course (seven days), while primary school players (ages 10 to 12) spend four days in the Intermediate Players’ Course, and junior primary players (ages seven to 9), three days focusing on the building blocks of playing a safe game in the Prestige Players’ Course.

For more information about The Investec International Rugby Academy’s Courses, taking place during the school holidays from 13 to 19 December at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, visit or contact Greg or Bernadine Miller on (031) 940 5565.