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

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda team set to deliver in Kabarole (Fort Portal and Kaguma). The team of three has this afternoon left Kampala to Fort Portal.. The trio will be joined by a team of TRT Volunteers from Kabarole.
We will keep you posted
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Tag Rugby Trust Uganda team set to deliver in Kabarole (Fort Portal and Kaguma). The team of three has this afternoon left Kampala to Fort Portal.. The trio will be joined by a team of TRT Volunteers from Kabarole.
We will keep you posted

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Travel safely

Brilliant! Have fun, safe travels and succesful training!!

Safe journey

Safe journey my dear coaches

All the best

All the best! Hey coach Fortunate Banunule acts as a center for Kisugu, kibuli, Namwongo & Muyenga please check on us one of these days. We aren't doing well equipment-wise. Blessings.

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Tag Rugby cannot miss here , Please bring your child to receive from the most experienced trainers, Get Tagged this holiday you wont regret.
Fun and excitement.We shall be there waiting for you all.I Think we told you that we are the best upcoming Academy school in the whole of Uganda.

It's going to be a long holiday so occupy your child with us as he or she acquires some skills
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Tag Rugby cannot miss here , Please bring your child to receive from the most experienced trainers, Get Tagged this holiday  you wont regret.
Fun and excitement.We shall be there waiting for you all.

2 days ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

SO MUCH EXCITEMENT

Special Deaf CC players set to Visit Tooro Giants in Kabarole

By Hasifa

The Team Set for Kabarole this weekend to unleash the hidden talents from the deaf community is at the climax.
Educator Yakub Isaac from Bunono Humpbacks never hesitated to give the last touches to polish their steps as they are so excited to travel to Kabarole for Tag rugby Games.
It was a very interesting session and every one stepped it up.
The final line up of 10 players will be up soon.

Just keep updated.

11 players were up for this vigorous session.

We wish them all the best and we Thank The whales family for giving us this offer.

TRT Uganda!! we are so proud of you and we shall be happy to keep the flag high, as our Visit will be a land mark of special needs involvement in Kabarole District Fortportal Town.

4 Females
7 Males
Kabarole!!!!!! Tooro Giants we shall see you soon.
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4 days ago

Gilbert Kelly

On Sunday namamakwekwe tag rugby had a tournament it vs bugyoroto tag center there was too much fan we call in t r t ug to add us more equipments because of the rapid growth of the talent in Mable we have one hundred players seventy a boy's and thirty are girls I also send much appreciation to our senior coach Mr mbith Salim! Thanks coach Gilbert Kelly namakwekwe media reporter ... See MoreSee Less

Welcome aboard Victoria Academy Primary school-Mutundwe. Our vehicle is large enough to accommodate all people who are focused on purpose, fully packed with fun, knowledge, love, passion in other words, it's action packed.

Thank you Whales for travelling often to new lands. The perspective offered by visiting new lands is important and allows one to appreciate the existence that we generally take for granted.JOINED AT THE HIP!
The Whales are chanting as Victoria Academy P/S - Mutundwe consolidate their strong ties with the Academy during the end of year talent show .

18th November 2017
By Whales Media

The Whales Rugby Academy congratulates Victoria Academy Primary School - Mutundwe upon organising such a multi talent show that has seen a number of talents showcased ; music, netball, football, athletics and most of all including tag rugby as one of the sports the school has to embrace. We were really so honoured to see tag rugby as one of the talents that children had to exhibit on the days programme.
We are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that our cooperation will see a lot of talents nurtured right from the grassroots.

We are now not just academies in similar but the resemblance of our aim of building talents automatically binds us together.

We collectively thank the entire Victoria Academy P/S family and friends for such a warm welcome focused on purpose

See captions below from the three tag rugby matches.
#LoveLearnWorkServe

N. B Captions about who did what, overall tag rugby results and awarding will be unveiled soon.
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Welcome aboard Victoria Academy Primary school-Mutundwe. Our vehicle is large enough to accommodate all people who are focused on purpose, fully packed with fun, knowledge, love, passion in other words, its action packed. 

Thank you Whales for travelling often to new lands. The perspective offered by visiting new lands is important and allows one to appreciate the existence that we generally take for granted.