Fortress Loftus invaded by Vodacom Bulletjies

Fortress Loftus invaded by Vodacom Bulletjies

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Fortress Loftus was on Saturday stormed and invaded by approximately 5000 little boys and girls aged from 6 to 8 years old for the annual Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Day.

While the pint-sized players imitated their Vodacom Bulls heroes, the day succeeded in its primary goal of instilling sportsmanship, a love for rugby and the Vodacom Bulls franchise.

The event is described as controlled chaos with matches being played on 22 fields and overseen by 530 referees.

Vodacom’s Janus Kloppers, Brand Manager – Sponsorships & Regional marketing said: "We are extremely proud to be involved with the Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Day as it lays the foundation for the future development of South Africa's rugby talent.

"However, Vodacom Bulletjie rugby is about more than developing future sports stars as it is an inclusive event with a strong emphasis on participation and integration."

Since it's humble beginnings 21 years ago, Vodacom Bulletjie rugby has developed into the biggest mini-rugby project in South Africa and the first initiative of its kind in the country.

Vodacom Bulletjie rugby was first introduced to young boys back in February 1993 with the aim of introducing them to the joys of rugby and in turn instill the love for the Vodacom Blue Bulls.

Turning the clock back 21 years, approximately 1500 boys participated on the four consecutive Fridays which concluded with a father and son camping event at Loftus Versfeld fields.

The first formal Vodacom Bulletjie Day at Loftus Versfeld was held in 1996 where 2000 boys had the unique experience of playing at the famous stadium.

General Manager: Game Development at the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and founder of VodacomBulletjie rugby, Johan Schoeman said he did not expect the initiative to take off the way it did.

"The Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Days have grown massively in popularity since Vodacom got involved and contributed immensely in making it a memorable experience for the little players,"Schoeman said.

"Our vision from the start was to create a formal mechanism where beginner rugby players were introduced to the game in a way they can enjoy themselves and where participation is the main priority."

While it is understandable that parents are passionate in their support for their kids, they are constantly reminded that Vodacom Bulletjie rugby is not about competition but rather about the principles that rugby teaches everyone that plays the game.

The mutual respect and the honesty it teaches those who are involved with the game lies at the heart of what makes the Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Day such a memorable occasion.

The day has a strong development theme and with that kids from township schools in its development clusters are invited.

This year was no exception with kids from 32 township schools - Atteridgeville, Mamelodi,Eersterust and Soshanguve - who also participated in the festivities.

Video content from the event will be available on Monday 2 June.

Photo available from Trinergy, please email Shelly@trinergyconnect.co.za should you wish to have access to photos.

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Jun 02, 2014

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  1. gravatar Kaap'se Bul says:
    Ek lees nou al die kommentaar en ek glo nog steeds die probleem le by die FL. Die stormers het ewe skielik hulle game omgedraai - hoekom Gert Smal is in gebring - hulle het meer nuwe/jonger spelers as die Bulls, Die Sharks is bo aan die log hoekom, JW is in gebring en dis dieselfde spelers as verlede jaar en hy het 3, 4 slotte in sy span en drie losskakels met beserings.
    FL se span keuse verkeerd, JJ genoeg gese, drop Basson WSS op 13 JJ op vleuel, Slotte Hattingh dra nooit die bal op 8 nie maar die dag toe hy as slot wel die bal moet vang kos hy ons 7 punte, sy hande is al 2 jaar n probleem. Wat was fout met FvdMerwe en Willemse. Willemse het meer momentum gegge as Hattingh die hele jaar. Wat het gewrod van ons rolmaal, Hattingh moes die leiding neem en nie een rolmaal was suksesvol nie. JRoss is nie 6 nie. FL kan van sy strukture se wat hy wil maar as spelers nie hulwerk doen help dit niks. Speel dan eerde n speler soos Wimpie wat bewys het hy kan. FL haal vleis van die veld af wat die beste bal draer was onder die voorspelers.
    Dus spelers kies nie hul self nie afrigters kies spelers
    Loftus gaan leeg wees teen die Rebels, wanneer laas het n Bulls spelers of afrigters gese ons het ondersteuners teleurgestel. FL vat ons ondersteuners vir granted. en BB23 gee nog minder om.
    Waar is die nederigheid van n Heyneke en sy spelers?
    Ek sluk ook nie die storie van n jong span en oor 2 - 3 jaar gaan hulle goed wees nie. Verdoem man die Leeus het nie eers n springbok in hul span nie, het vir n jaar rond geval om spelers te kontrakteer.
    Hoogmoed het ver geval Saterdag!
    Nou voel ek beter!

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