Developing Young Leaders and sporting opportunities in one of Europe's poorest countries

Country Snapshot

We’ve been busy in Romania – here are a few facts & figures:


Years Strong




People Engaged







Our work in Romania started back in 2010, when Tatiana Marandci co-ordinated a project where the Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy in London got Comenius Regio funding to go and introduce tag rugby and our Young Leader programmes. This great work has been continued with Erasmus+ funding tours of students from Petroc College near Barnstaple in North Devon.

Regional Transformation

To date, our main projects have principally been based in Ramnicu Valcea and other towns in Valcea County. Proving that our model of “local ownership and sustainability” really works, the local volunteers and Young Leaders, with support from Nicolae Ungureanu (a local supporter and driving force behind TRT activity), have now reached out and developed programmes in other towns and areas. Excitingly, this has transformed a region well known for handball and volleyball, but forecast as a “non starter” for rugby by the Romanian Rugby Federation, to one where tag rugby is now played in schools. Additionally, Catalin Predrescu and Bogdan Matei have formed Club Lykaios, the local rugby and sports club. This now provides a focus for all Young Leader activity and development, as they play key roles in the day-to-day running and management of the club. More recently, under Nicolae’s guidance, Hurstmere School have also started projects in both the Bucharest district of Grivita and the nearby town of Varasti.

TRT Young Leaders help run Club Lykaios rugby and sports club.
helping children with special needs

As with all countries, we actively search out and engage with children with special needs and work with orphanages. In Romania, we also focus on Roma Gypsy schools. Being in Europe, and TRTs nearest partner country, Romania makes a perfect destination for UK volunteers, Young Leader and schools, to visit, develop their skills and really make a difference.

Check out Petroc College’s trip to Lykaios

What’s going on…

Here are the latest posts from the country's Facebook page:

Au participat 6 echipe din județul Vâlcea. Mulțumim catedrei de educație fizică și sport a Sc. Gimn. Take Ionescu care au fost gazde exemplare, ca de obicei, tuturor sportivilor implicați în competiție împreună cu profesorii delegați și mulțumim de asemenea celor care au asigurat premiile constând în diplome, plachete și mingi de rugby: Federația Română de Rugby prin d-l dir. regional Cristian Almaș, d-l Senator Matei Constantin Bogdan, Primăria Rm. Vâcea, Consiliul Județean Vâlcea, ISJ Vâlcea, Asociația Sportul pentru Toți.
Titlul de Campioni Județeni a fost câștigat de către echipa Voievozii a C.N. Mircea cel Bătrân, și am din nou bucuria să îmi reprezint județul la etapa regională.
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2 years ago

Tag Rugby Trust Romania

Tag Rugby Trust WIN Award
This just goes to show that we are doing a good job. TRT have just won Rhino's Best Social and Community Rugby Programme or Event Award...

Well done and keep up the good work everyone!

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Well done Trevor great news x

Well dervesed Trevor congrats.

Well deserved Trevor! X

Congratulations guys

well deserved

Well done much deserved

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