The AMG Global Junior Rugby Coaching Festival that encompasses an action packed tournament entered its fourth year with participants braving the wet conditions in Bulawayo to exhibit their talents.

About 280 kids from 16 different schools from across the country and 35 coaches descended on Falcon College to learn from some of the world’s best in the sport, South Africa’s Academy of Rugby.

The academy has former Springboks players and 1995 World Cup winners such as Marius Hurter and Delarey du Preez.

Other facilitators included former fly half or full back with 135 Currie Cup games, Greg Miller, Zimbabwe’s most capped player and current U-23 head coach, Brendan Dawson as well as Schalk Ferreira, a former Sable.

The event described as rapidly growing, this year has emphasis on developing the coaches’ ability to meet the modern demands of the game.

“Despite the work that has to be done for Zimbabwe to scale the international rugby heights, the enthusiasm and talent on the ground is expected to further propel this dream,” said Miller, who is the Academy of Rugby Director.

While hailing AMG Global for continuing to bankroll the event, a representative of the organisers, Bryan Ray believes the festival is continually playing a pivotal role in developing the sport of rugby in the country.

Some of the schools taking part at the three day event include Whitestone, Petra, Wellton, Barwick and Lomagundi College.