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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: The Beast Foundation’s Annual Rugby Bootcamp 2022 is well underway and has been a well-oiled machine for training, coaching and mentoring the youth. Aspiring Rugby players came out in their numbers on the 12th of July to show off their skills during the KZN tryouts, with over 200 boys and girls taking to the challenge with great aplomb. The tryouts were intense and required every bit of effort from everyone but at the end of the day, only 60 Bootcampers (30 boys and 30 girls) were selected to take on their next great challenge from the 13th to the 16th of July.

Days 1 and 2 of the Bootcamp lived up to the hype, with the impassioned kids giving 110% of their focus and energy to achieving their goals. Undergoing rigorous training and coaching from an esteemed group of rugby professionals, their efforts did not go unnoticed. The Beast himself as well as one of the Foundation’s Directors, Kisset Chirengende, visited the training ground to share some words of encouragement before they progress on this new journey.

Selusiwe Makambi, one of the girls chosen for the Bootcamp said: “I decided to be part of this experience because I felt inspired when I watched some of my role models. Now that I have been selected as one of the 60 Bootcampers, I am proud of myself and so excited about this opportunity. Being coached by The Beast and other Rugby professionals has been such an honour and a privilege. I look forward to learning more from the Bootcamp so that I can have a chance/possibility to play for our country one day”.

The Beast said: “We are so incredibly proud of this immense pool of talented kids who have given their all to prove how good they are and just how great they can be. The Annual Rugby Bootcamp is our vehicle of empowerment for young boys and girls to achieve not just sporting excellence, but also discipline and other life skills. The Bootcampers selected are sure to be the next rugby stars”.

Kisset added: “Rugby is a sport for everyone and the sheer talent we have amongst these young boys and girls is incredible. They all have the potential to take the sport to new heights and through our Annual Rugby Bootcamp 2022, we aim to make that a reality. Through our coaching, mentoring, training and guidance, not only will their sporting talent soar but so will their mentalities. They have already shown incredible dedication over the past two days, and I am looking forward to seeing what is to come”.

The Beast Foundation Annual Rugby Bootcamp is an all-expenses-paid learning camp that is open to both boys and girls aged between 16 and 18 years old. The camp aims to find the next generation of rugby stars and includes intense Rugby training and life skills development from top professionals and experts. Day 3 and 4 of the Annual Rugby Bootcamp 2022 will be on the 15th and 16th of July, with much expected from all Bootcampers involved.