ZRU hails Car, Saru relations

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union has hailed its bilateral relations with the Confederation of African Rugby (Car) and neighbours South African Rugby Union (Saru).

ZRU executive vice-president Colleen de Jong was recently in South Africa where he embarked on a management training trip.

“As part of the ongoing Leading Rugby Programme for African Rugby Unions, Car invited executive vice-president de Jong to visit the Saru offices in Cape Town,” ZTU said in a statement yesterday.

“While in South Africa she met with department heads of:  Finance, Governance, Corporate Affairs, Senior National Team Operations, Women’s Rugby, Commercial & Marketing, Amateur Events & Competitions, Development, and Saru Academies in an effort to learn how the sport is governed in that country.”

De Jong revealed that the trip was an excellent learning curve that will help her understand the business side of rugby.

“I was well received by SARU who shared with me their procedures for business strategic planning and strategy implementation and reporting in general,” she said.

“Rugby is a sport, but like any business it has to have a management plan which creates room for growth in the sport, be it financially, human resource wise or cost effective event/competition management, and most importantly corporate governance.”

“The meetings were to discuss Union Best Practice procedures and how Zimbabwe can implement these within the ZRU Constitutional Requirements.

“They were very informative, productive and positive meetings which has given me the opportunity to learn how a professional union conducts its day to day business to ensure that the game is administered to the highest reputational level.

“I am very excited by what has been learnt, what it will mean long term for Rugby in Zimbabwe and look forward to sharing this with all stakeholders in Zimbabwe Rugby. We are very grateful to CAR and Saru for affording ZRU this opportunity.”

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