Union High School, Graaff-Reinet recently initiated a project to revamp the entire locker room of the school’s 1st XV.
“The locker room should be your home,” says Mr Christopher Felix, Union’s 1st XV coach. “It should be a place you’re proud of that represents the team, the school’s rugby programme, and anyone using it.”
“With our new space, we wanted top of the line lockers that gave our guys 𝙖 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣,” says coach Felix. “In addition to the new lockers, we repainted, carpeted, installed perspex name plates and redid the adjoining bathroom.”
“The new locker room is fantastic and the boys absolutely love it,” says Mr Felix. “This is a place where the boys want to be, and they love that there’s been an investment into their space. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮’𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚.”
The 𝗙𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗟 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗖𝗛 to the new locker rooms are small brass plaques affixed to the lockers, featuring the names of past rugby players who took the field for Union’s 1st XV. These plaques are being sold as a fundraiser in aid of the school’s rugby programme and 𝙬𝙚 𝙪𝙧𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙊𝙡𝙙 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙪𝙨 to add their names to the walls for perpetuity.