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Young stars blossom under PALM Programme


Quite a number of the Vodacom Blue Bulls' most promising youngsters went on a very successful camp in December were they had the opportunity to meet up with their mentors.

The camp was held 35km North of Pretoria in the Hammanskraal region and the goal of the PALM (Professional Athletes Life-skills Mentorship) Programme is to assist our top juniors to make it at senior level.

The PALM programme, which is endorsed by the MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation in the Gauteng Government, Barbara Creecy, is specifically focused on helping junior athletes to make the step-up to senior level because too many promising youngsters never really reach their full potential when they start competing in the senior arena.

Practical issues such as "how do I handle the fame and money which come my way?" were addressed and the players had the opportunity to spend some time with their mentors.

The mentors are guys that are either coaching or working for the Blue Bulls and they are sequentially teaching the young players how to be mentors themselves.

The programme was initiated by Jannie Putter (sport psychologist and mental coach) and Nico Serfontein (head coach of junior rugby ate the Blue Bulls) and they would like to be in the position in the near future where senior Blue Bulls players, who went through the programme, are mentoring the up-and-coming youngsters who are still at school.

The mentors themselves went through an intense 12 week training programme and among them were top junior coaches such as Denzil Frans, Ricardo Loubscher and Paul Anthony.

Serfontein is extremely excited about the programme and he says they will do everything within their power the assist our best juniors to succeed in the highly competitive world of senior professional rugby.





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1. Hopelik sien mens eendag die vrugte van hierdie program
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 17:34
2. Ek hoop dit het 'n inleiding tot die Kontraktereg ingesluit.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 20:17
3. Hartlike goeie more Bulle !!!!
Hoop almal het n lekker dag.
Posted by AK (Keep the passion !!!!) Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 07:15
4. Môre al die Bulle en AK

Lekker dag vir jou ook AK. Die program moet uiteindelik vrugte dra.

Jammer om van Ruben te hoor. Sterkte vir jou en jou familie, mag julle krag na kruis ontvang.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 07:49
5.
Goeie more aan al die Bul-ondersteuners...!

Morris Gilbert - Bulls ontken onenigheid in kamp

Beeld - Dit is ’n “infame leuen” dat daar onenigheid in Bulls-geledere is ná die beweerde begunstiging wat daar verlede maand in George op die Super14-rugbyoefenkamp plaasgevind het.

Sowel Frans Ludeke, afrigter, as Ian Schwartz, die mediawoordvoerder, het gister beklemtoon dat die Bulls ’n verenigde groep spelers is wie se samehorigheid nog meer deur die oefenkamp in die Suid-Kaap gesmee is.

Ludeke het bevestig dat lede van die bestuurspan en ook van die spelers vir die duur van die oefenkamp in ’n luukse gholflandgoed-hotel tuisgegaan het, maar “dit was hul keuse en hulle het self daarvoor betaal”.

Volgens Schwartz word die bestuurspan en spelers met elke oefenkamp die keuse gelaat om te bly waar die Bulls ookal tuisgaan óf op eie koste ander verblyfreëlings te tref.

“Dit is presies wat verlede maand gebeur het. Daar was geen voorkeurbehandeling van enige bestuurspanlede of senior spelers nie. ’n Mens moet onthou dat die Suid-Kaap ’n vakansieparadys is en dit bloot sin maak dat lede van die bestuurspan en ook spelers die kans sal aangryp om dié tyd saam met hul geliefdes deur te bring.

“Ek moet daarop wys dat bestuurspanlede en spelers met vorige oefenkampe ook nie almal in dieselfde plek tuisgegaan het nie. Net so hoef ’n mens nie saam te bly om ernstig oor die oefenkamp te wees nie. Ek wil klem plaas op die feit dat dit ’n oefen- en nie ’n spanboukamp was nie

“Die spelers het geoefen toe hulle moes en hulle ook van die veld as waardige Bulls-ambassadeurs onderskei,” het Schwartz bygevoeg.

Die Bulls se kaptein, Victor Matfield, sê hy kan nie verstaan waaroor die bohaai nou eintlik gaan nie. “Selfs toe Heyneke (Meyer) die afrigter was, het ons nie almal saamgebly nie. Myns insiens was die oefenkamp ’n klinkende sukses,”

Ludeke sê op sy beurt hy het vandeesweek met elke speler gepraat wat by die oefenkamp was. Hulle deel Matfield se siening dat die kamp aan sy doel beantwoord het.

“Uit die aard van die saak strewe ons altyd daarna om net die beste vir ons spelers te gee. Daarom sal ons luister na die opbouende kritiek van spelers om van die oefenkamp in George ’n nog groter ervaring te maak,” het die Bulls se afrigter bygevoeg.

Volgens Schwartz is “ons so seker van ons saak oor wat níé in George gebeur het nie dat ons die media uitnooi om al die spelers en bestuurspanlede wat daar was, te bel en self daarna uit te vra.

“Ons het niks om weg te steek nie.”
Posted by BLOU OSSE (WITBANK) Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 07:54
6.
The Bulls, with the bitter taste of failure still strong in their collective memory banks, are resolute in their belief that they can reproduce the highs of their 2007 triumph in the Super 14.

Having won two years ago, only to slump to 10th place last year, was a bitter pill to swallow for the pride of Pretoria.

But they aim to set the record straight when the tournament gets underway next month.

Springbok utility back Jaco Pretorius, recruited from the neighbouring Lions in the off-season, said the key to success for the Bulls is "belief". Pretorius said he is "enjoying every minute" of his first stint with the Bulls.

He added that he needed the change, not because of anything the Lions have or have not done, but because he just wanted to avoid getting stale.

Now, with his own energy levels invigorated, Pretorius is feeding off the belief the Bulls players have in their own ability to succeed in the Super Rugby arena.

"At this level there is very little physical difference between the players, or the talent of the players," Pretorius told rugby365.com.

"There certainly is not a massive difference in the ability of the players.

"It is more the belief in the ability that you can do it and that is why it is such a privilege, because there is so many players [at the Bulls] who know they can do it, a team who know they can put 90 points on the board against a Super 14 team if they have to.

"That is the privilege of being involved with the Bulls as opposed to the Lions - at the Lions you never really had that belief, because at the Lions we always struggled.

"However, at the Bulls they belief they can do it and go on to win again."

The two-times capped Bok said the Bulls describe this as the toughest pre-season training they have ever had.

"It is because they are so determined to put the disappointment of 2008 behind them and get that pride back in that light blue jersey," he added.

He said the pre-season training camp in George, before the festive season, afforded him the opportunity to get to know his new teammates - learn the structures and settle into the team and to get used to the Bulls culture.

He said the Bulls' goals for the season are very clear - they aim to get back to the standards of 2007.

"The Crusaders have done it - 10th the one year and the next year winning the Super 12 without losing a game. That is the Bulls' goal, not to go for permutations of winning this and giving up that ... it is to win every game.

"It [winning the Super 14] has been done before and the Bulls showed they can be at that level. A number of the players have been there, winning the Super 14, and they are determined to do it again.

"The way we trained since we got together in George, it is clear, we aim to dominate every game and win the Super 14."

He is disinclined to dismiss the Lions, his team for seven years, making it clear he was always treated very well during his lengthy spell in Johannesburg.

"For me any change would have been good, because I was in the same structures [at the Lions] for so long and became part of it. I just needed that change," he said, adding: "Just the fact that I'm doing different types of training and I'm learning from the senior players, is what I am enjoying and what is giving me that boost in energy.

"I was looking for that change and that is why I'm so happy. The Lions were very good to me all those years, their structures are just as good, but for me as an individual it is about the change."

While he is keen to specialise at outside centre, after floating around in the Lions backline, the former South African Sevens captain said he will do "anything" required of him by his new employers.

"I certainly don't have the right to make any demands about where I want to play.

"I can only give my best and play where they need me - whether I must carry water bottles or play at centre, which is where I want to be, it is all the same.

"Yes, I am looking to specialise at No.13, but I know I don't have the right to make any positional demands."

With a return to the coveted Green and Gold club still one of his goals, Pretorius hopes his move to Pretoria will be the spark that lifts his game to the required levels.

"The Bulls' structures are superb and there is a reason why they play in finals and win finals.

"I am privileged to be part of these structures, to play with so many senior Boks around me means I can learn a lot. I have been around for a while, but the nice part is I can still learn and I have around me players who have won finals and won the Super 14 and I can learn from them.

"Obviously there's pressure and expectations - expectations from myself, the other players and from the union.

"I can only do my best and hope that is enough, so that I can contribute to the team and maybe that gets me back into Bok contention. If it doesn't happen, that is also fine, but I don't just want two Test caps to my name, I would like 20 or more.

"Hopefully this is the boost I needed, whether that is to get back into the Bok team or play in a Currie Cup-winning team."

The 29-year-old Pretorius made his provincial debut for the Lions in 2001.

Pretorius has since then played in more than 60 matches for the Lions and is one of the better attacking centres in the country. His running lines are superb and his ball distribution skills combined with his speed are expected to add exceptional value to the Bulls.

By Jan de Koning
Posted by Blou Karnallie Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 08:08
7. More more alle BLOUE getroues,voorspoed vir julle almal vir 2009. Ook aan die spelers en afrigtingspan srekte en ons staan by julle deur duk en din.Rustig wat is aan die gang met Ruben?
Posted by ALS BLOU (Vanderbijlpark) Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 08:41
8. more alle bloues.

Als Blou, Ruben is weer gediagnoseer met gewas op die brein, wat reeds verwyder is.

Ons kan net bid vir hom en sy gesin en Jesus vra vir genesing.

Lekker dag aan julle almal.
Posted by Blou-is-Baas (Bulls is Baas!!!) Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 09:20
9. ALS BLOU

Hy het nou onlangs 'n baie lang brein operasie gehad. Ek dink ons kan die familie en vriende groter ondersteuening gee.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 10:38