Uganda

Uganda is where we kicked the whole thing off in 2002… we've come a long way since then.

Country Snapshot

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

15

Years Strong

22

Locations

42,000

People Engaged

650

Volunteers

30

Tours

40

Projects

The Tag Rugby Trust was conceived and developed first in Uganda back in 2002. All activity in the country is now managed by a two-person team based in the capital, Kampala, and supported by a broader team of volunteers throughout the country.

Uganda, roughly the same size in land area as the UK, is the second largest landlocked country by population after Ethiopia. Although it has been an independent country since 1962, the government structure is still changing, and political instability has led to persistent economic decline. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy and the country’s main exports are fish/fish products, coffee, tea, gold, cotton and oil.

Success Story

Tag rugby in Uganda is a huge success story for TRT, who currently support 39 clubs in over nine districts across the country. Since our first tour, we have worked with hundreds of schools and teachers, and thousands of children.

First Community Clubs

It’s in Uganda that TRT first focussed on building and developing the community club model – these clubs, as well as being a centre for playing tag, are effectively “community centres” that act as social hubs and where our broad education programme is delivered. In return for our input of training, support and resources, community clubs offer tag sessions, training and development modules, plus run events, tournaments and community outreach. As well as the obvious sport based modules – coaching, refereeing, first aid, special needs/abilities coaching, etc. – the syllabus also includes business skills – events organisation, budgeting, media & journalism, etc. – all of which ensures the clubs sustainability, up skills the volunteers and, importantly, provides a place to practice what has been learned. These clubs have now become the bedrock of our programmes and are being rolled out to all the other countries we work in. Find out more about them on our What We Do page.

England Counties Engagement

In 2012 TRT convinced the RFU to send their England Counties team on tour to East Africa, with some test rugby fixtures in Kampala, Uganda. The team used their “down-time” to participate in TRT community tag programmes and, for many of these team members, this time engaging through rugby with young people from challenging backgrounds was their most enduring memory of the tour. There is a great video and report on the England Rugby website.

A Bright Future

In terms of sport, today there are TRT Graduates in both the Senior Men and Women’s international rugby teams, and the current U19’s are brimming with TRT Graduates and young leaders. In broader terms, the success of local community clubs and other special projects, like “tag and women’s development”, mean that TRT’s impact is hugely positive and far reaching.

See what a London Young Leader group got up to…

The Tag & Woman’s Development tour…

What’s going on…

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

1 day ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

It looks like TRT Zimbabwe is showing the way forward - Uganda Clubs are playing catch-up! Great story below.

SHINGIRAYI PRIMARY SCHOOL EMBARKS ON INCLUSIVE TAG RUGBY WITH THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

Shingirayi Primary School held its community project on 23 February 2018 from 13:15~1535 at Jairos Jiri School in Southerton.Present were 2 coaches,16 boys and 20girls.

Background information
Ministry of education has recently introduced a new syllabus which is promoting inclusive education of the able bodied and the physically challenged pupils which is what drived us to Jairos Jiri were we thought they have been left out in terms of tag Rugby hence our theme of the project was DISABILITY DOES NOT MEAN INABILITY.WE BELIEVE WE CAN PLAY TAG RUGBY TOGETHER. We made our banner which we also displayed at Jairos Jiri.

The objectives of the project were to:

*introduce tag rugby to the pupils that is explaining to them what tag rugby is and how it is played.
*play tag rugby with them
*serve an afternoon snack from donations by pupils while pupils mingle and make friends.

Project preparation
Two coaches went to Jairos Jiri to ask for a permission to our community service so it was explained to us that not all of them were able to play ,with the help of the Headmaster we choose pulpils that we thought were able play then we submitted their names to the school physiotherapist who looked at the fitness of the children for the game and he approved 12 pupils from grade 7.

Project explanation

We had one of our well spent friday afternoon.We left the school at 1300 and arrived at Jairos Jiri School at 1315 where we were received with a warm welcome by the head of the school. We were then introduced to the pupils from there we started talking to the pupils about tag rugby showing them the ball and tags.For most it was their first time to touch a rugby ball and for all it was their first time to see and touch tags.After the explaination of how the game is played they testified that they though rugby was for people with muscles and it injures people. The explanation of the game made them eager to start to play so we first took five pupils at first and started passing the ball and then our pupils joined them and started playing .The other 7 seven that were left then joined. Although we were given 12pupils to work with when others saw them play they wanted to join even those from secondary came and begged us to join.we then were given some of the basket ball plays to join us it was really exciting.

After the game we were assited by a nurse to serve biscuits and drink we had brought we served biscuits and drinks to almost 120 children while we were talking to them and making friends.after the snack pupils were taken around the school by their friends and they had about 20minutes of playing other games with them one of the pupils from Jairos Jiri said l have never seen people like you ,you are so friendly and yu are not afraid of us like what others do and lastly she said we will never forget you and we will write you letters . Departing was a painful moment for both our pupils and Jairos Jiri pupils .the Jairos Jiri Pupils were now saying we want to go with you.we had a great time. We then promised them to come back of which we are going to do because of the friendship we have built.
We would like to thank Jairos Jiri staff for the opportunity they gave us and mostly to our sponsors Old Mutual so the support. As Shingirayi we saw that it's possible to have wheel chair rubgy, Tag rugby trust it is our desire as Shingirayi to also have these our friends play tag rugby.we believe in them as Shingirayi.
... See MoreSee Less

It looks like TRT Zimbabwe is showing the way forward - Uganda Clubs are playing catch-up! Great story below.

SHINGIRAYI PRIMARY SCHOOL EMBARKS ON INCLUSIVE TAG RUGBY WITH THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

 Shingirayi Primary School held its community project on 23 February 2018 from 13:15~1535 at Jairos Jiri School in Southerton.Present were 2 coaches,16 boys and 20girls.

Background information
 Ministry of education has recently introduced a new syllabus which is promoting inclusive education of the able bodied and the physically challenged pupils which is what drived us to Jairos Jiri were we thought they have been left out in terms of tag Rugby hence our theme of the project was DISABILITY DOES NOT MEAN INABILITY.WE BELIEVE WE CAN PLAY TAG RUGBY TOGETHER. We made our banner which we also displayed at Jairos Jiri.

The objectives of the project were to:

*introduce tag rugby to the pupils that is explaining to them what tag rugby is and how it is played.
*play tag rugby with them
*serve an afternoon snack from donations by pupils while pupils mingle  and make friends.

 Project  preparation
Two coaches went to Jairos Jiri to ask for a permission to our community service  so it was  explained to us that not all of them were able to play ,with the help of the Headmaster we choose pulpils that we thought were able play then we submitted their names  to  the school  physiotherapist who looked at the fitness of the children for the game and he approved  12 pupils  from grade 7.

Project explanation

 We had one of our well spent friday afternoon.We left the school at 1300 and arrived at Jairos Jiri School at 1315 where we were received with a warm welcome by the head of the school. We were then introduced to the pupils from there we started talking to the pupils about tag rugby showing them the ball and tags.For most it was their first time to touch a rugby ball and for all it was their first time to see and touch tags.After the explaination of how the game is played they testified that they though rugby was for people with muscles and it injures people. The explanation of the game made them eager to start to play so we first took  five pupils at first and started passing the ball and then our pupils joined them   and  started  playing .The other 7 seven that were left then joined.  Although we were given 12pupils to work with when others saw them play they wanted to join even those from secondary came and begged us to join.we then were given some of the basket ball plays to join us it was really exciting.

After  the game we were assited by a nurse to serve biscuits and drink we had brought we served biscuits and drinks to almost 120 children while we were talking to them and making friends.after the snack pupils were taken around the school by their friends and they had about 20minutes of playing other games with them one of the pupils from Jairos Jiri said l have never seen people like you ,you are so friendly and yu are not afraid of us like what others do and lastly  she said we will never forget you and we will write you letters . Departing was a painful moment for both our pupils and Jairos Jiri pupils .the Jairos Jiri Pupils were now saying we want to go with you.we had a great time. We then promised them to come back of which we are going to do because of the friendship we have built.
We would like to thank Jairos Jiri staff for the opportunity they gave us  and mostly to our sponsors Old Mutual so the support. As Shingirayi we saw that its possible to have wheel chair rubgy, Tag rugby trust it is our desire as Shingirayi to also have these our friends play tag rugby.we believe in them as Shingirayi.

Comment on Facebook

This is inspiring!!! Sitting tag and blind tag will not leave any body untagged. Thank you TRT Zimbabwe & Shingirayi Primary School for giving an opportunity to the special needs pupils to explore their talents. Continue including every one in the community and encourage them to support each other for a common goal of Building Futures through Rugby.

What a great lesson...ZAMBEZI TIGERS EMBARK ON BEHAVIOUR CHANGING PROJECT



Zambezi Tigers ‘s project held on the 17th of February 2018 was a great success. It is a common knowledge that one cannot bend an old tree but when it is still young. Catching the children young is the only way to build their future which is what the TRT seeks to achieve. The meeting started at 10 am.



Background to this project.

The director of the club, Mr P Ngwenya has noted that many children know that they have rights but they don’t really know what they are. They are aware that there is child abuse and drug abuse but they don’t really understand what this means. They cannot distinguish between child abuse and normal household chores. The sense of duty and responsibility is still not clear in the minds of many children. It is against this background that the director of the club decided to embark on this behaviour changing project. It is believed that after this session the Tigers athletes will engage in their other community projects with a clear understanding.



The objectives of the project were to:

Help children know their rights

Help children know what child abuse is and its forms

Help children develop any awareness of the effects of drug abuse

Help children identify ways in which they can meaningfully contribute to the improvement and development of their communities.



The club had invited the police officers from the department of public relations to address the athletes on the above issues. The two officers who attended the athletes were Constable Chipembere and Constable Ncube.The meeting was held at Mfelandawonye ZRP sub-station. Forty-three [43] children and 4 coaches attended this meeting. Constable Chipembere welcomed the athletes after introducing themselves. Constable Ncube then took over and started explaining the role of the ZRP in the nation. After that he began to explain children’s rights as they are written in the constitution of the Zimbabwe.



The following are some of the children’s rights which were discussed:

Right to life

Right to parental care or appropriate care when removed from the family environment

Right to be protected from economic and sexual exploitation, from child labour and from maltreatment, neglect or any form of abuse.

Right to education, health care services, nutrition and shelter

They also explained the three forms of abuse namely physical, sexual and emotional. This was followed by a song “Don’t touch” which triggered more excitement among the athletes. This song was used to teach areas where they should not allow anyone to touch them without naming them. After that the two police officers thanked the coaches for organizing this meeting and encouraged us to organize more of such meetings. They concluded by giving children some magazine to read at home. Tyra Masuku a grade five learner from Victoria Falls Education Centre gave a vote of thanks. The meeting ended at 1130am.

#buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #ZRP #loverugby
... See MoreSee Less

What a great lesson...

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

Great appreciation

By Naphtali

What else can i say? am speechless!!

A degree in social work and social administration only am sure it could not be enough, i was happy to get it but i was always worried where i will get a job, little did i know that indeed Tag rugby builds futures.

Tag rugby came to stay and advocate for PWDS needs as it has always been said and preached by the Tag rugby preacher ''JAAJA'' Florence.

Am proud to be part of Tag rugby and i don't regret anything, for 25yrs i have lived, its the only sport i have seen that takes us to be the same and useful in the community.

Hahahahahahah where in this world would i get an opportunity to step in the swimming pool????????? ooooohhhhhh thank you Rob and Charles for making me feel like everyone else.

The entire TRT team Madam Eunice, Baby Lucky and Madam Fortunate you are so special and the time i spend with you i felt like sisters i have never had. With my special guides Rob and Charles God bless you all.

I promise to work hard and i will show the world that with Tag rugby we are ''blind but able.'' and ''disability is not inability''

Long-live Rob, long live dad charlie and the dearest TRT Uganda staff.

HAPPY 2018 building futures through Rugby.
... See MoreSee Less

Great appreciation 

By Naphtali

What else can i say? am speechless!!

A degree in social work and social administration only am sure it could not be enough, i was happy to get it but i was always worried where i will get a job, little did i know that indeed Tag rugby builds futures.

Tag rugby came to stay and advocate for PWDS needs as it has always been said and preached by the Tag rugby preacher JAAJA Florence.

Am proud to be part of Tag rugby and i dont regret anything, for 25yrs i have lived, its the only sport i have seen that takes us to be the same and useful in the community.

Hahahahahahah where in this world would i get an opportunity to step in the swimming pool????????? ooooohhhhhh thank you Rob and Charles for making me feel like everyone else.

The entire TRT team Madam Eunice, Baby Lucky and Madam Fortunate you are so special and the time i spend with you i felt like sisters i have never had. With my special guides Rob and Charles God bless you all.

I promise to work hard and i will show the world that with Tag rugby we are blind but able. and disability is not inability 

Long-live Rob, long live dad charlie and the dearest TRT Uganda staff.

HAPPY 2018 building futures through Rugby.

Comment on Facebook

Yes Naphtali, congratulations upon achieving your degree, your hard work and passion towards community activities really proved to TRT that disability is not inability. Welcome to TRT, feel at home.

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

We never wanted it to end.

2 weeks in Uganda on a marketing Visit ends in style.
1st it was Charles Mayhew, next was Naphtali and now its Trustee Rob Newman aka ''Kisolo Kakaire Hafashimaana''

Lots of hard work, meetings and upcountry visits to set off the 2018 TRT programmes has finally come to an end.

We appreciate TRT Trustee Rob Newman and the entire TRT team, not forgetting the father and son Charles Mayhew and Naphtal for the tremendous efforts and all the companies and marketing associates who gave us their precious time.

The welcoming team and the send off team cannot go unnoticed and ofcourse the photographer Hasifa Nakakande, they had the last 2 days ful of fun.

We entirely hope to get positive responses from all we met.

Have a safe flight Rob Newman, the team will surely miss you
Mayhew and Naphtali, we hope you have settled in.

Hope you will get great time in Zimbabwe Rob
... See MoreSee Less

We never wanted it to end.

2 weeks in Uganda on a marketing Visit ends in style. 
1st it was Charles Mayhew, next was Naphtali and now its Trustee Rob Newman aka Kisolo Kakaire Hafashimaana

Lots of hard work, meetings and upcountry visits to set off the 2018 TRT programmes has finally come to an end.

We appreciate TRT Trustee Rob Newman and the entire TRT team, not forgetting the father and son Charles Mayhew and Naphtal for the tremendous efforts and all the companies and marketing associates who gave us their precious time. 

The welcoming team and the send off team cannot go unnoticed and ofcourse the photographer Hasifa Nakakande, they had the last 2 days ful of fun.

We entirely hope to get positive responses from all we met.

Have a safe flight Rob Newman, the team will surely miss you
Mayhew and Naphtali,  we hope you have settled in.

Hope you will get great time in Zimbabwe Rob

3 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

''Change nothing and Nothing Changes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!''

A successful Visit In Mbale gives positive indications for change for 2018.

Trustee Rob Newman and Team: Charles Mayhew, Naphtali and Eunice had a successful Meeting with the Club Managers of Mbale.

The great introduction of 2018 programme was discussed in details and club managers were happy to receive it and also discuss 2017 feedback to ensure that everyone is ready for it.

Clubs present were the Hosts Musoto Christian Community Club, Namakwekwe Tag Centre, Mbale Rugby Club, and Mbale Wolves Manager as well as Rugby development officer eastern Anguma Steven.

It was such a great moment and all satisfied with the discussion we hope for a fruitful 2018. Well done Mbale team and great work TRT Trustee and your team.
... See MoreSee Less

Change nothing and Nothing Changes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A successful Visit In Mbale gives positive indications for change for 2018.

Trustee Rob Newman and Team:  Charles Mayhew, Naphtali and Eunice had a successful Meeting with the Club Managers of Mbale.

The great introduction of 2018 programme was discussed in details and club managers were happy to receive it and also discuss 2017 feedback to ensure that everyone is ready for it.

Clubs present were the Hosts Musoto Christian Community Club, Namakwekwe Tag Centre, Mbale Rugby Club, and Mbale Wolves Manager as well as  Rugby development officer eastern  Anguma Steven.

It was such a great moment and  all satisfied with the discussion we hope for a fruitful 2018. Well done Mbale team and great work TRT Trustee and your team.

Comment on Facebook

When are you coming to visit us in Jinja @ X-SUBA Sport4Develoment Uganda.

It was a great trip indeed!!