Philippines Rugby 7s official gives support to upcoming Herts Sports Partnership programme

PUBLISHED: 13:44 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 16 January 2017

Former University of Hertfordshire student Jovan Masalunga.

Former University of Hertfordshire student Jovan Masalunga.


A former alumnus of the University of Hertfordshire, now development manager for the Philippines National Rugby 7s squad, has given a ringing endorsement to Herts Sports Partnership’s forthcoming Coach Education Week.

Jovan Masalunga graduated from the university in 2012 and credits the qualifications and learning picked up during the annual Herts Coach Education Week with securing him his current role,” Masalunga said.

“Coach Education Week was the highlight of my time at the university and I took advantage of the fantastic opportunities that the week presents to prospective and practising sports coaches.

“In all I attended over 20 formal coaching courses, workshops, lectures and interactive sessions that not only complimented my degree in sports studies but was instrumental in shaping my coaching practice.

“I still keep a close eye on the annual programme from a distance and only wish that I and my team of coaches here in the Philippines had access to a similar programme locally.”

Masalunga was a regular for the university’s first XV rugby team and now works alongside New Zealand dual code international Frano Botica.

He hopes that his experience gained in Hatfield will assist his native county in qualifying for the Rugby 7s at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He continues to liaise with Rob Hardwick, coaching development manager at the Herts Sports Partnership, for advice and guidance on coaching development programmes in his homeland.

The Herts Coach Education Week is now in its eighth year and will be delivered at various locations across Hertfordshire from February 11-19, over the school half term holidays.

The programme features more than 50 different courses and workshops and will attract over 1000 coaches.

Further details of the programme can be found at:

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