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:

5 hours ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

Improvements and Assessments in Mbale
22nd-24th May 2017
By George Young
On the first morning Coach Fort and I travelled to Musoto Christian Community Club, to help prepare the coaches for their assessment the following day, we ran through how to lead all aspects of a tag session from the introduction all the way through to playing games to finish. They were eager to learn and improve, including how to report sessions properly. The afternoon was spent an Namakwekwe Tag Centre, where we followed a similar set up, however it was interrupted by a thunderstorm, so we headed inside with the coaches to keep on working to ensure they were also prepared for assessments the following day.
On the morning of the 23rd at MCCC, the first half an hour was spent emphasising the importance of reporting sessions and everyone had to write up the previous day’s training. After this we went straight into the assessments, each aspect taken by a different coach, everything we had taught them the previous day had been taken on board and they led with confidence. Congratulations to the 7 coaches and 1 educator who passed through from Musoto!
The afternoon again was spent at Namakwekwe, assessing all of the coaches. We let the coaches choose which aspect they wanted to lead, and so we began. We saw vast improvements from the previous day, all leading with great knowledge and excitement. Namakwekwe saw an amazing 8 coaches pass!
On the 24th, Namakwekwe travelled to Musoto for some friendly games to assess the referees. The coaches from each respective clubs paired up and took a team from the opposite to manage. The games were short and fun, allowing all prospective referees to have a turn. We ended up with a total of four referees passing Level 1. After the small games, a team of coaches from each club played each other, with the winners (MCCC) staying on to face a combined educator’s team. The day was very productive with some great rugby.
We finished our time in Mbale by presenting the winners of the coaches’ game with a small trophy. In addition to this the four referees were presented with their own referee tops and a whistle each. Namakwewe were provided with some kit to use in training and matches.
Many thanks to Musoto and Namakwewe for hosting us, and a final congratulations to all educators, coaches and referees that passed their assessments!
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Improvements and Assessments in Mbale 
22nd-24th May 2017
By George Young
On the first morning Coach Fort and I travelled to Musoto Christian Community Club, to help prepare the coaches for their assessment the following day, we ran through how to lead all aspects of a tag session from the introduction all the way through to playing games to finish. They were eager to learn and improve, including how to report sessions properly. The afternoon was spent an Namakwekwe Tag Centre, where we followed a similar set up, however it was interrupted by a thunderstorm, so we headed inside with the coaches to keep on working to ensure they were also prepared for assessments the following day.
On the morning of the 23rd at MCCC, the first half an hour was spent emphasising the importance of reporting sessions and everyone had to write up the previous day’s training. After this we went straight into the assessments, each aspect taken by a different coach, everything we had taught them the previous day had been taken on board and they led with confidence. Congratulations to the 7 coaches and 1 educator who passed through from Musoto!
The afternoon again was spent at Namakwekwe, assessing all of the coaches. We let the coaches choose which aspect they wanted to lead, and so we began. We saw vast improvements from the previous day, all leading with great knowledge and excitement. Namakwekwe saw an amazing 8 coaches pass!
On the 24th, Namakwekwe travelled to Musoto for some friendly games to assess the referees. The coaches from each respective clubs paired up and took a team from the opposite to manage. The games were short and fun, allowing all prospective referees to have a turn. We ended up with a total of four referees passing Level 1. After the small games, a team of coaches from each club played each other, with the winners (MCCC) staying on to face a combined educator’s team. The day was very productive with some great rugby.
We finished our time in Mbale by presenting the winners of the coaches’ game with a small trophy. In addition to this the four referees were presented with their own referee tops and a whistle each. Namakwewe were provided with some kit to use in training and matches.
Many thanks to Musoto and  Namakwewe for hosting us, and a final congratulations to all educators, coaches and referees that passed their assessments!

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Fantastic, it looks like training is full steam ahead!! Well done.

7 hours ago

Gilbert Khan

Madam Coach Thanks For Leading George Young To Namakwekwe It Means That Namakwekwe In Mbale Is Soon And Soon Developing And Ready To Get A Community Center Thanx Alot!!!!"coach ... See MoreSee Less

7 hours ago

Gilbert Khan

namakwekwe tag center had a very good training session today at namakwekwe tag center grounds in mbale at 2pm all coaches were present at the field including young leaders we lernt about looping,sidesteping and wide defence ... See MoreSee Less

8 hours ago

Gilbert Khan

Helo Madam coach We Need aCommunity club Atleast By June Cam And See What We Are Doing Cauz By Now We Have More Players,coaches And Also Referees. ... See MoreSee Less

8 hours ago

Gilbert Khan

helo coach irakunda this is coach gilbert from namakwekwe tag center mbale, i would like to thank u for the equipments u gave us, and also take warmly greetings to trt uganda. with out forgeting the wheels who gave us the first equipments May The Almight God Bless U Coach Thank U Very Much.pliz cam bac next month to revist and give us a community club thank u madam coach ... See MoreSee Less

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