Jupiter continues to support South Africa Rugby Union’s Rugby Education Foundation
Making a difference to help improve the lives of others is something that we feel extremely passionate about here at Jupiter.
Through our Nancy Tweddle Foundation we support a range of community organisations, sports groups and projects, both at home and abroad, including South Africa Rugby Union’s (SARU’s) Rugby Education Foundation.
Uniting two of our passions, to nurture positive change and our love of rugby, the programme supports “exciting, predominantly black, young talent”, in its four rugby academies, by giving players a chance to study at university, or technical institution, while undertaking rugby training.
Last summer we revealed that we were continuing to sponsor two “very talented” young men, Denver Prins and Caleb Dingaan, who had already made “tremendous progress” under the partnership scheme.
Sponsored players going from strength to strength
Now, with our ongoing support, we couldn’t be more delighted to reveal that the duo has continued to go from strength to strength.
In our 2018 update winger Caleb had received a professional contract to play for the Sharks’ under 21 team in Durban, and now his coaching team has revealed that he’s a strong contender to represent the Junior Springboks at the 2019 Junior Rugby World Cup.
Prop forward Denver has also made great progress. After previously accepting a contract to play for the SWD Eagles in George, he won a provincial Super Rugby Franchise contract from Blue Bulls and went on to represent them at all 2018 matches in the Under 21 Currie Cup competition.
Denver and Caleb reap rewards of programme
Hans Scriba, the General Manager of the Rugby Educational Foundation, said “Denver has shown good progression on and off the field. He’s made positive strides and is steadily making his way to the top.
“He did very well at the SWD Rugby Union, and his form was rewarded with a contract to a Super Rugby Franchise at the Blue Bulls.
“Caleb is also reaping the rewards of being part of the South African Elite Players Development pathway for the past five years and has the ability to become a really well-balanced, professional sportsman. He has shown good work ethic on and off the field.
“We thank Jupiter for continuing to make a contribution to the Rugby Education Foundation to enable us to carry on supporting these players during 2019.”
On the educational front, Caleb completed his Fitness Instructor Certificate and is now studying Human Resource Management at Varsity College.
Meanwhile Denver, who is currently sidelined after fracturing a leg, and had been studying for a BComm degree at Varsity College, later received a bursary from the University of Pretoria and he’s now studying a BA Sport Science degree at the institution.”
Thrilled to be part of players’ development
Our CEO Mark, who is a coach and director of rugby at Burton Rugby Club, said: “We’re extremely proud of our Nancy Tweddle Foundation and our work with local and international projects which help make a difference to people’s lives, including through sports.
“And we are thrilled that these two players are continuing to improve with hard work and support from Jupiter and SARU’s Rugby Educational Foundation.
“We’re excited to see where their talent takes them in the future, and wish them every success both on and off the field.” Jupiter also supports a rugby exchange programme between South Africa and Burton. You can find out more about the exchange in our blog here.
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