Most rugby coaches wear nylon sports clothes, with their team’s badge and maybe their kit supplier and sponsor’s logos. Round their neck or in their mouths they might have a whistle.
This is Minn Banyar.
During his first full session as a Little Dragons Rugby coach he wore a military fatigue style shirt with an Anti Fascist Movement patch on his left upper arm; one saying “No One Is Illegal” on his chest (acquired on a recent trip to Australia) with a cheroot sticking out of his mouth.
Minn is a first year English Student at the Dagon University and has been involved as a little Dragons coach for the past few months. He is one of three local coaches who are now able to run sessions independently.
The Little Dragons Rugby Sports and Life Skills NGO works across two sites in the North of Yangon. One a student activist run free school in North Dagon; the other a monastic free school in South Okalapa.
Minn is also a teacher and co-founder of our partner the Doh Kyoung Thar (We the Students) Free education centre in North Dagon.
This was Minn’s first time coaching at both locations on the same day and also working as an interpreter to discuss bringing the Little Dragons Life Skills program to Nan Oo after a successful pilot at DKT.