International sport events hosted at the coast

The 2016 World Rugby Sevens Player Of The Year, Werner Kok, is seen here returning to position yesterday during the Blitzbokke’s practise session at the stadium of the Walvis Bay Private High School. That is in final preparation for the Safland Sevens tournament that started in Swakopmund today. The tournament is held at the sports fields at the Dome Swakopmund and lasts until Sunday.

Ten international teams including Namibia, 20 schools teams and 6 club teams will be in action tomorrow and is not to be missed. The Safland Sevens is Namibia’s premier rugby sevens tournament and is now in its second year.

The second hosting of the Safland Sevens tournament taking place in the beautiful coastal town of Swakopmund on 12 and 13 November 2016 will see world-class Sevens outfits in action, showing off their skills in preparation for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series due for kick-off three weeks later. BON Hotel Swakopmund, situated within The Dome, a multi-faceted sports and conference centre, is delighted to be hosting the Blitzboks and other participants for the duration of their stay.
Situated on Namibia’s coastline, this 34-roomed, 4-star hotel offers modern, spacious accommodation and facilities. General Manager Dean van Rooyen says, “Swakopmund is so ready for a big event of this nature – The Dome, the co-host, is more than adequately equipped and experienced, and the hotel which opened in December last year provides ample accommodation – there are sea-facing rooms and some look out directly over The Dome – giving you a bird’s eye view of the action.”
The tournament will follow a festival-type format this year with fun for the whole family in store, maximizing the use of The Domes indoor complex, and outside areas. A club competition for teams from Namibia and around the country will also take place and to give the youth an opportunity to shine, a School Sevens tournament. There will also be a Rugby Skills Development programme with over 400 children participating.
Kallie van der Merwe of Safland said in an interview that team sport is an excellent way of promoting small-group dynamics that is essential in business and life in general and that, as Namibia has the potential to be strong contenders in international Sevens Rugby, and this tournament will be an excellent showcase for up-and-coming Namibian talent.
The Safland Sevens tournament will pit our Namibian Sevens side against the likes of the famous Blitzboks and teams from Uganda, Poland, Germany, Italy, the United States of America, Argentina, Germany, Kenya and Zimbabwe. This is a wonderful opportunity to witness a world-class tournament in world-class surroundings.

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