19 Jun 13
Join Harlequins for their second home friendly against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday 24th August (Kick-off 2.30pm) and experience the newly launched President's Lounge.
My first week has been so good thanks to a number of people: Marcelo my translator, Flory the co-ordinator for SESI Tatui and Cris of course - a lovely lady working at the school who recently got married, so congratulations to her.
Well where do I start - on Monday morning I was straight into teaching the basics of the game, I must admit I was a little surprised to have to start straight away but I went with the flow and the rewards were fantastic. Of course I also wore my Quins kit to show off the club.
Talking about Harlequins, the local community in Tatui has really embraced the Quins culture by adding posters of Quins pictures to the school grounds to get people to join the rugby and support the Mighty Quins from Brazil. These posters led to a number of adults coming down on Tuesday, loving their first session and us starting regular sessions every Tuesday and Thursday night from now. On Tatui rugby is born.
The numbers of senior men has gone from eight to around 25 in the space of two days and the ladies now want to form a team and start up as well. It's not only adults who get to enjoy rugby - the local community schools came to my school to see what the game was about and went away wanting more next week and the coaching not to stop. This goes for the SESI school sessions as well, the children see me and everything stops - I think the teachers are getting a bit annoyed because if I appear the kids are only interested in me as I'm like the new toy.
Language has been a bit amusing if I'm honest with people saying happy birthday instead of well done, and comments of thanks; my name is "hello" and "I love you" being the only things they say. This all led to the big official launch of the program TRY RUGBY and I couldn't have hoped for a bigger better welcome. There were TV interviews, live radio, newspaper articles, pictures of Harlequins on welcome signs, local dances to welcome me by the children and a massive audience with the whole school. There was also a presentation of the game for local dignitaries and people from the community with the whole school watching; the classes that took part played fantastically and loved every minute of the game.
To finish off I've seen a fantastic beginning to this project and I really do believe that this will be successful and Brazil will become a powerhouse in the future. And the name HARLEQUINS will spread to the whole town and a whole new fan group will emerge.
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