South Coast Pirates RC was founded in April 2013 when George Barbour brought together player representatives with Coach David Nolan and Base Titanium's Paul Thompson. There had been an interest in rugby in Ukunda prior to this, largely due to the annual Touch Tournament on Diani Beach. David began regular coaching sessions on the public grounds in Ukunda and later at the Ukunda Showground, now the Club's official home ground.
The Club is registered with KRU Nationwide Coastal League. Word got around that there was a new rugby team in town and the club experienced an influx of players. Newcomers to the sport joined schoolboys who attend colleges in the rugby heartlands of Kenya. They came in large numbers in the holiday season. Experienced players who had previously played in Kenya's premier competition came out of the woodwork too. The team finished fourth in a league of 10 in their first year, an enormous achievement.
Following on from the success of the senior team, the Club has now initiated rugby development in the region through networking and also through active coaching programmes in local school.
The South Coast Pirates were put on track by to 2 main sponsors: Base Titanium and Forty Thieves Beach Bar. Contributions were also receiced from the Membership fees and private donations. A special thanks to Jane Bubear Sports Foundation who provided 51 complete set of kit and boots! Thank you that's very generous!
Total sponsorship falls short of what is needed. The Club is actively looking for sponsors in the South Coast area to get behind the Club. Do you want to come onboard? Email Us.
Other funding comes from the membership scheme, Kenya Rugby Union, Kwale County, individual donations and the money generated at the Monthly Club Nights (% bar and BBQ sales, raffle). Financial transparency is essential and quarterly accounts will be sent to all Club members.
|FULL MEMBERSHIP FEES||KES 2,000||KES 20,000||SCP cap, T shirts and name in the Monthly Prize Draw|
|SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP FEES||KES 500||-||SCP cap or T shirt|
|JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP FEES||KES 200||-||SCP cap or T shirt|
SCP Members, players, partners, sponsors, and new comers meet every month. The players play a couple of games on the beach and then join the members for the BBQ. The Club Night is important to the Club, not only to update everyone on the evolution of the Club, but also to raise money towards the programmes.
The programme started in October 2014, with Ukunda High School (mixed), Gonbato Secondary and Primary Schools (mixed) and other schools are ready to enrol in the programme.
The Mini,Midi and Junior Rugby is essential to the improved development of all young people, both mentally and physically, whilst maintaining the importance and ensuring, that the children learn to respect the opposition, their teammates, the coaches, the referees and primarily themselves.
A stated aim for the Club is that it grows from a grass roots level to be one of the premier clubs in Kenya, competing in the Kenyan Cup.
We also want to encourage representation from the South Coast in the National Team’s development programme. To this end the Club is compensating some of its members to coach in local schools. Two schools have already signed up to the programme: Gombata High School and Lulu High School, both in Ukunda. Neither school has had any formal rugby coaching before.
The rugby gives the pupils opportunities to meet with others in the rugby community and to participate in regional competitions. Gombato High School showed particular promise winning the Ukunda District Competition and reaching the semi Final of the County Competitions. Scouts for the Pirates attended both these competitions and networked with rugby coaches and schoolboys alike to inform them of the new Club. It is hoped that these young boys aged 15-19 will learn the basic skills and rules of the game to become effective feeder schools for the senior club.
You can have a look at our past Newsletters, Players Code of Conduct and our Constitution below;