The Team

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Sharks Academy Southern KZN is the first satellite “Sharks Academy “ to open in one of the five sub unions that constitute the Kwa Zulu Natal Rugby Union.(KZNRU) Situated at Douglas Mitchell Sports ground in Uvongo, this Academy’s mission is to develop the game of rugby in the Southern Kwa Zulu Natal region by providing young men an equal opportunity to further their careers in rugby and to further their academic studies. The Academy is a registered NPO and forms part of the Southern Kwa Zulu Natal Rugby Sub Union.(SKZNRU) an affiliate of the KZNRU .This Academy has the full backing of the KZNRU and The Sharks (Pty) ltd. It is our intention to ensure that the development of rugby will be entrenched in the rural areas and in doing so, will, of course, improve the standard of rugby in our Province and in particular , will augment the development of previously disadvantaged communities. The Academy will be an institution where young boys can achieve their life goals with a combination of the development of their Rugby abilities and the furthering of their academic education.  

The Academy will be aggressively collaborating with local schools within our region to identify rugby playing school leavers at the end of their matric year. Students from other provinces will also be considered.. A structured program  envisages “early identification” of rugby talent, and the development thereof  through a high –performance program which enhances the conversion rate of players from amateur  into the professional rugby arena.  In addition, this program is under-pinned by a well balanced academic programme which strives to ensure that all players are equipped with suitable educational and life skills. Our partners have also recognised the development imperative of black rugby players within our province and identified the Academy as the ideal platform to accelerate our region’s contribution towards the Sharks and South African rugby in general..

The Team:

Andrew Binikos Christo Henderson Jaques Petzer Moore
General Manager & Head Coach Recruitment & Assistant Coach Administrator & Trainer
     
     
Ryan Leary Deon Kayser Dr. Robin Wise
Sharks Academy consultant Sharks Academy consultant Physio & Chiropractor
     
     
   
Theuns Steenkamp    
Academic Coordinator
   

 

ANDREW BINIKOS

PLAYING CAREER

Andrew, born in Port Shepstone, Southern Kwa Zulu Natal, has had a playing career of 25years. He has played his rugby in South Africa, France, New Zealand and Scotland where he played his final six years in the Scottish premiership and the British and Irish Cup before retiring. He was also an International rugby player representing the country of Cyprus(2007-2012) both in the 15 man game as well as in the 7’s travelling throughout Europe in the world rugby fixtures.

COACHING CAREER

After retiring, he earned himself a full time coaching contract for Musselburgh RFC 1st XV, playing in the Scottish National 1 League. In 2015, he was selected as head coach for the Cyprus Rugby Union. His direct responsibility was to implement and coordinate a coaching structure for all the clubs in Cyprus which would ultimately feed into the National Team.

COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

  • WORLD RUGBY level  1 & 2 coaching,
  • Level 1 strength and conditioning,
  • Level 1 First Aid
  • Video Analysis certificate

CHRISTO HENDERSON

PLAYING CAREER

  • Pumas U21
  • Pumas Presidents team.

COACHING CAREER

  • Southern KZN seniors
  • Duikers junior clubs
  • Head coach South Coast Warriors 5 years

COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

  • World Rugby Level 1 & 2

JAQUES PETZER MOORE

PLAYING CAREER

  • SA under 20 rural.
  • Southern KZN senior team
  • Wildebeeste Rural

COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

  • World Rugby Level 1
  • Boksmart
  • First Aid Level 2

Dr. Robin Wise 

Chiropractic approach:

Mixed chiropractic essentially uses non-invasive conservative treatment methods to treat musculoskeletal (muscles and joint) conditions. The treatment methods range from physio-therapeutic methods such as IFC, Ultrasound, soft tissue therapy,dry needling, stretches, and the traditional chiropractic method of manipulation.  I have a particular interest in sports chiropractic which focuses on providing care in the conservative management, rehabilitation and performance optimization of neuromusculoskeletal system for athletes. This is achieved by focusing on the application of a multimodal treatment approach that may include one or more of the following: manipulation, mobilisation, dry needling, soft tissue therapies, electrotherapy, rehabilitation and other movement/exercise therapies, nutritional advice, strapping and bracing and other related approaches. These approaches can be applied to injury management in the form, of acute, subacute and chronic injury as well as in the prevention of injury and the optimisation of athletic performance.

THEUNS STEENKAMP 

(BA Degree, Higher Education Diploma, Further Education and Training Diploma)

ACADEMIC CAREER

  1. 33 Years in education
  2. Former campus principal
  3. Lecturer: University of Pretoria
  4. Lecturer: Exercise Teachers Academy
  5. Senior Lecturer: Esayidi TVET College
  6. Part Time Coordinator: Esayidi TVET College
  7. Manager Skills Development: Pretoria College
  8. Coordinator of Sport and Recreation activities: Margate Sport School

The Sharks Academy SKZN has formed a strategic partnership and has embarked in an exciting academic programme with ESAYIDI TVET COLLEGE (public institution).

The aim of the partnership is to deliver competence based courses in Business Management Diploma, Electrical Engineering Diploma and Mechanical Engineering Diploma. The theory subjects can be done through distance learning. Using our online platform you can study anytime, anywhere using a cell phone, laptop or pc connected to the internet. You can access and communicate with lecturers online as well as access all your course materials such as pre-recorded lessons, you tube videos, online activities, module notes and past exam papers. You can submit your assignments online, discuss topics in chatrooms and forums and access your grade book to monitor activity progress. With subjects such as computer practice and intro to accounting, students need to attend a part time class once a week for three hours per day.

The Academy will offer a proper analysis with every student which will be done to determine study programme. Students will also have the opportunity to form a partnership with SEDA, to develop, support and promote small enterprises to ensure their growth and sustainability in coordination and partnership with other role players.

The academic coordinator will facilitate all studies.