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:

2 days ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

It Was A Successful outreach at Elite High school
By Whales Media

The whales outreach training and introduction to tagrugby at Elite High School was a very successful one and 54 students were Tagged.

The Model school in Africa sited on 20acres of land with well established buildings, great staff and very unique students was the welcome statement by the sports teacher Jjunju Nasif while he added that they are very previllaged to receive the Great Tag rugby coaches, players and managers and they were ready to get all the knowledge.

The Director of the school and the Headteacher Mr Amos Gitta expressed their appreciation to have the new game in their new school and they pledged to take it up in their co-curricular activities, the headteacher went ahead to introduce Lucky to the Director saying that the school is privileged to have the highly experienced child with them as they will work extra hard to keep up with her level.

The Whales Young stars never hesitated to take them through introduction to Tag rugby that was done in 5 groups of ten where each group had a different warm up game just after Kit management that was done by Coach Lucky.

An hour of Training and general recap for 10minutes was done successfully, and off the teams set off for really action for 45 minutes while the last one hr saw every group from Elite have time to play.

They are indeed Models!!!! they grasped so fast what they were trained which gave hope that it wont take them long to be where their eyes are set to lead them.

Well Done Whales Rugby Academy Family its great that you Grow day by day.

Thank you Tag rugby Trust for being there always and Welcome Elite High school to the world of Taggers.

Building Talents Through Rugby.

Pictures Courtesy of Hasifa Nakakande
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It Was A Successful outreach at Elite High school
By Whales Media

The whales outreach training and introduction to tagrugby at Elite High School was a very successful one and 54 students were Tagged. 

The Model school in Africa sited on 20acres of land with well established  buildings, great staff and very unique students was the welcome statement by the sports teacher Jjunju Nasif while he added that they are very previllaged to receive the Great Tag rugby coaches, players and managers and they were ready  to get all the knowledge.

The Director of the school and the Headteacher Mr Amos Gitta expressed their appreciation to have the new game in their new school and they pledged to take it up in their co-curricular activities, the headteacher went ahead to introduce Lucky to the Director saying that the school is privileged to have the highly experienced child with them as they will work extra hard to keep up with her level.

The Whales Young stars never hesitated to take them through introduction to Tag rugby that was done in  5 groups of ten where each group had a different warm up game just after Kit management that was done by Coach Lucky.

An hour of Training and general recap for 10minutes was done successfully, and off the teams set off for really action for 45 minutes while the last one hr saw every group from Elite have time to play. 

They are indeed Models!!!! they grasped so fast what they were trained which gave hope that it wont take them long to be where their eyes are set to lead them.

Well Done Whales Rugby Academy Family its great that you Grow day by day.

Thank you Tag rugby Trust for being there always and Welcome Elite High school to the world of Taggers.

Building Talents Through Rugby.

Pictures Courtesy of Hasifa Nakakande

Comment on Facebook

I mi coach am Akram I hv ppl who ar really 2 play da tag ragbuy

Welldone coach fortunate and the whales family

Well done Fortunate

Great work madam

1 week ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

The Community at the heart of Tag Ruby Trust, Achievers Cup League in Progress
Keep tuned.It was indeed a sense of belonging

Thank you so much the Rugby teams said Mr Amoit the LC1 Bwerenga Village.

By Whales Media

Achievers Cup is in high gear at Whales Bwerenga Community Club,

The Excitement and Joy to keep our community Clean is what makes us unique in our area.

The Bwerenga Young stars kept it alive regardless of the cold weather, 2018 is a year of long strides and Whales bwerenga says ''they wont miss any step''

Just keep tuned for more to come.

Well done Managers and all players of bwerenga, CC we are just in it together Building talent through rugby
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The Community at the heart of Tag Ruby Trust, Achievers Cup League in Progress 
Keep tuned.

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

Let them know whether ''MONEY IS BETTER THAN LAND'' join the debate at Whales Bwerenga Community Club.

Narwhals and Baleen are on to prove whether its Money or Land.Tournaments Beginning soon.

Whales Rugby Academy Media.

The league games begin tomorrow with Community Work week
Watch Out for Whales Clubs activities that will lead them to a grand finale in the 1st week of May.

Build up tournaments will begin with the Bwerenga Cup tournament to awaken all the Clubs, Watch out for details.

Mean while the Friday was Closed by a debate at Bwerenga Community Clubs where the players are preparing them selves for great competitions ahead of them.

''Money is better than Land '' Proposers Baleen and opposers Narwhals. it was interesting hearing every one contribute towards the motion

Its a great thing to see it happen. Baleen won with 78points while Narwhals gathered 63. keep the fire burning.

Weldone team and all the great coaches who organized the Debate. enjoy some Clips.
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Let them know whether MONEY IS BETTER THAN LAND join the debate at Whales Bwerenga Community Club.

Narwhals and Baleen are on to prove whether its Money or Land.

Have a safe flight Rob

It was great having you a round and Sad on time of departure.

The TRT team has had a great training, Thank you so much. send our appreciation and Love to TRT families in UK.

TRT Uganda team is already missing you.

Hope to meet again soon.
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Have a safe flight Rob 

It was great having you a round and Sad on time of departure.

The TRT team has had a great training, Thank you so much. send our appreciation and Love to TRT families in UK.

TRT Uganda team is already missing you.

Hope to meet again soon.

Comment on Facebook

Brief and precise, in deed we miss Rob because his trainings are always warm, sweet, fantastic, tremendous and extremly teriffic. But Fort, why is it that you took our picture when we were all in grief mood? I was holding my chick and Eunice was like tracing and for you my blind eyes which always see at night in total darkness cant see any of your sign in grief situation? Is it because am like an owl which cant see during the day? Is it because am still in grief mood of missing Rob? I look forward to see your griefy sign when the day elapses and the darkness ashers in.

2 weeks ago

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