RUGBY FIT - Improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of students through weekly rugby and fitness training
The Enschedese Rugby Club '69 will launch a 12 week course for students affected by the pandemic, with weekly rugby and fitness training, nutritional coaching from a dietician and the power of our strong rugby community.
The mental health of (foreign) students of the University of Twente is affected a lot by the pandemic. Cees Jansen, general practitioner of the Campus, sounds the alarm. “These issues are psychosomatic complaints, like abdominal pain, intestinal complaints, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, study stress and loneliness.
Research shows that people who exercise regularly have better mental health and emotional wellbeing, and lower rates of mental illness. Taking up exercise seems to reduce the risk of developing mental illness. It also seems to help in treating mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety.
The municipality of Enschede has set up a fund to make the city and its inhabitants stronger after corona. That’s why ERC'69 will launch this 12 week ‘Rugby Fit’ course for students, funded by the city of Enschede and therefore totally free of costs for the students.
“With this program, we want to help our students deal with mental issues and consequences of the corona crisis, by helping them build physical and mental strength, through rugby, fitness training, nutritional coaching of a dietician, the power of the rugby community, sportsmanship and hopefully new friendships!” as said by Jordy Klein Schaarsberg, Strength & Conditioning Coach of the club and coordinator of this project.
“Rugby, as a sport, is tough, but fair and requires a lot of fitness, teamwork and physical and mental strength. In addition, discipline, respect and tolerance are very important. Due to the different positions on the field, it’s suitable for young, old, small and large. We’re a very open and welcome community and have always been strongly connected with the University of Twente. We’re very happy that we can do something good for the students with this program.
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"When the sun goes down behind the dunes, the wild animals of Ameland come out to play!" 🐯🦁
Wij zijn al de hele week aan het nagenieten (én bijkomen..) van een grandioos en geweldig gezellig weekend: het @amelandbeachrugby festival!🌞
Een (semi)korte terugblik:
Na 3 jaar lang wachten was het eindelijk weer zo ver. Met een delegatie van 65 man, waarvan 40 senioren en ongeveer 40 spelende leden, een aantal jeugdleden en oud gedienden was Enschede goed vertegenwoordigd op het eiland. Voor het eerst in de geschiedenis waren er zelfs 3 ERC teams ingeschreven. Een mooie mijpaal!
Dit jaar zat eigenlijk alles mee. Een gloednieuwe, grote tent, perfecte weersomstandigheden én een uitmuntend resultaat.
Laten we het daar voor de verandering nu wél eens over hebben. En wie kan dat beter verwoorden dan onze coach, Norberts Bekmanis:
"Just wanted to say how happy and proud I am to witness these outstanding performances by all of you! The spirit, the energy - top level!
For many players this was their first time in Ameland. On Saturday we had 3 teams. Despite not having a full bench, the 3rd team fought well and enjoyed themselves. The 2nd team lost only 1 match out of 7, securing the second place in their pool, therefore, playing in the cup competition on Sunday. The 1st team was undefeated and ranked in the first place in their pool, so, also the cup competition on Sunday. It was a tough but successful day.
On Sunday the 2nd team got ranked in the third place in their pool of 4 teams, so it did not move to the finals pool and their competition came to an end. Afterwards, the full focus went on the 1st team, which was the leader of their pool and was undefeated until the semi-finals in the finals pool against Dukes Espoirs. However, out of 80 men's teams in the whole competition, the 1st team of Enschedese Rugbyclub - ERC '69 got 3rd(/4th) place. Guys, that is amazing!
I believe I speak for everyone - thank you all for this awesome weekend!"
En daar houden we het bij. Namens de Ameland commissie; duizend maal dank en tot volgend jaar!
En nog een speciaal bedankje aan onze shirt- (en bier)sponsors:
De Club van 69
Another Super Sunday! The last one was not really super, because one match was cancelled. So this will be the official first Super Sunday in forever... Come watch & support!🏉☀️🍻
13.00 ERC ‘69 2 - @rugbyclubsneek 1
15.00 ERC ’69 1 - @rcthepinkpanthers 1
Super Sunday! 🔥 The first time in ages (at least it feels like it)... It's finally allowed to watch again, so please come and support our two seniors teams this sunday!
13.00 - the 2nd team plays against @drc_phoenix 1
15:00 - the 1st team plays against @amstelveenserc 2
Bigger, better, WILDER! 🦁🐯 Sign up for Ameland = open!
In succession of previous year's legendary Beerolympics, the Hawaii Party & the Pirate Parrrty, the Ameland-committee of ERC'69 proudly presents this year's theme:
SAFARI PARTY 🌅🐒🦒
"When the sun goes down, the wild animals of the Ameland dunes come out to play..."