17 May 13
Harlequins has confirmed an exciting group of pre-season fixtures as it prepares for the start of the 2013-14 season.
I think what a lot of us are beginning to realize is Brazil is a very different culture to home, it is a very warm loving culture that embraces you for who you are and will give up alot of time to help you out whatever the problem. Take today for example - it's Sunday and I was invited for breakfast at a local club with one of the teachers. It was great because the people all wanted to chat and discuss whatever, and straight after I was off to a barbecue with some of the local players and their family. It's fantastic to be brought into the culture this way and I'm loving it.
Back to the rugby; this week has revolved a lot around the little ones and the start of the future athletes program. The future athletes program has been designed for 11-17 years old to come in and try sport of their own accord. With the few I have started with the signs are promising for a good youth set up in Tatui and with this inclusion I think the community can really embrace the sport of rugby for all.
I am also looking to start work with my other schools in the area. To help produce some players of great standard I will be working with local teachers to teach them the correct way to coach the sport through sessions and playing rugby. I am really looking forward to this bit as I get to meet more people as well as look for potential future players in the area - who knows maybe we can get some future Harlequins players!
The final thing for this week is that I have really embraced teaching others about England and the surrounding culture of our country, as there seems to be a very small view of what the English are really like! It's nice to refresh their minds of the other things we are known for, but I do get asked if I am American more than English at the moment LOL!
Tchau for now as I like to say
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