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 week ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

TRT Uganda To Welling school
Appreciating your great love for Uganda

By TRT UG

With much pleasure allow me to say a big thank you to welling school tag rugby coaches and staff for the great time you spent in Uganda Jinja and Wakiso- Bwerenga.

The Jinja community and the surrounding schools of Walukuba division are so grateful for the opportunity you gave them the skills and the love.

The community schools of Bwerenga wakiso District, were so proud especially Bwerenga junior school that you spent time on changing its look to give a safe environment for the learners

The Jinja, Kisoro, Kabarole, Mbale, Masindi and Wakiso volunteers were very happy to get such a great opportunity to interact and work with you

We are family and we shall not stop saying Thank you welling school for loving Uganda and you are always welcome to the pearl of Africa.

Long live welling, long live Tag Rugby Trust and long live the participating schools and community clubs.

Building Futures Through Rugby.
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TRT Uganda To Welling school
Appreciating your great love for Uganda

By TRT UG

With much pleasure allow me to say a big thank you to welling school tag rugby coaches and staff for the great time you spent in Uganda Jinja and Wakiso- Bwerenga.

The Jinja community and  the surrounding schools of Walukuba division  are so grateful for the opportunity  you gave them the skills and the love.

The community schools  of Bwerenga wakiso District,  were so proud especially Bwerenga junior  school that you spent time on changing its look to give a safe environment for the learners

The Jinja, Kisoro, Kabarole, Mbale, Masindi and Wakiso volunteers  were very happy to get such a great opportunity to interact and work with you 

We are family and we shall not stop saying Thank you welling school for loving Uganda and you are always welcome to the pearl of Africa.

Long live welling, long live Tag Rugby Trust and long live the participating schools and community clubs.

Building Futures Through Rugby.

Comment on Facebook

Lovely we had fun a lot of experience learnt

Almighty God Bless u abundantly.

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

St Kizito Namugonde crowned winners of Welling Bwerenga Tour 2017
By Whales Media

The whole week of training was concluded with a massive tournament that featured 12 teams.

Great experience, skill and hard work from welling school Volunteer Coaches and their staff Sara,Theo and Alex, TRT Uganda and the Whales Young Coaches saw it end successfully

The guest of honor Katabi Town Council clerk that was represented by The town council Sports officer Francis Gaswaga and CDO Julius Nyanzi sent a message to the community, that they should work to keep the game spreading and they appreciated the work of TRT and the community clubs for hosting the UK Volunteers from Welling school.

Special Thanks go to All the participants from all the schools, the Headteachers who were flexible , the sports Teachers and the Kids of African Administration for the premises to host our events and to accommodate our guests, The Chosen Generation Dancers of Whales Academy for the great entertainment. Well done all.

We are so happy to have gone through this Tour Successfully.
TRT Trustee Rob Newman and your Partner Louise Evans, thank you for leading the tour.

We cannot forget to thank Theo and all those who fund raised to support our community school Bwerenga Junior Academy. Am sure they will not be the same in a safe environment. You are Family Welling and please come again.

Congratulations once Again St Kizito for Winning the Welling Main Cup, King Of Peace for winning the Plate and Elite for the Ball. TRT /Whales/Welling and the entire community is proud of you.

Pictures by Ayebale Mable.
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St Kizito Namugonde crowned winners of Welling Bwerenga Tour 2017
By Whales Media

The whole week of training was concluded with a massive tournament that featured 12 teams.

Great experience, skill and hard work from welling school Volunteer Coaches and their staff Sara,Theo and Alex, TRT Uganda and the Whales Young Coaches saw it end successfully 

The guest of honor Katabi Town Council clerk that was  represented by The town council Sports officer Francis Gaswaga and CDO Julius Nyanzi sent a message to the community, that they should work to keep the game spreading and they appreciated the work of TRT and the community clubs for hosting the UK Volunteers from Welling school.

Special Thanks go to All the participants from all the schools, the Headteachers who were flexible , the sports Teachers and the Kids of African Administration for the premises to host our events and to accommodate our guests, The Chosen Generation Dancers of Whales Academy for the great entertainment. Well done all.

We are so happy to have gone through this Tour Successfully.
TRT Trustee Rob Newman and your Partner Louise Evans, thank you for leading the tour.

We cannot forget to thank Theo and all those who fund raised to support our community school Bwerenga Junior Academy. Am  sure they will not be the same in a safe environment. You are Family Welling and please come again.

Congratulations once Again St Kizito for Winning the Welling Main Cup, King Of Peace for winning the Plate and Elite for the Ball.  TRT /Whales/Welling and the entire community is proud of you.

Pictures by Ayebale Mable.

Comment on Facebook

Congratulations!!!!!

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

Great Work from all the Welling volunteers UK/UG

By Daphine Namaganda

Bwerenga community Club feeder schools all benefit from the welling school volunteers.
Over 230 pupils are enjoying the great skills and experience from the Young talented Coaches from Welling.

The 1st and second day has just been concluded with lots of tag rugby training and the great project work at one of the bwerenga schools, Bwerenga Junior Academy The teachers and the pupils were all excited and appreciated the great love from Bwerenga Junior school.

The Coaches and Educators from the Whales Rugby academy have grasped several tactics of coaching and the Mbale and Masindi Managers cannot wait to go back home to deliver the gathered skills.

We appreciate TRT and all staff of welling school plus the students that may God reward you Abundantly

Long live TRT, WELLING and The Whales Community clubs of the Whales Rugby Academy.,thank you KOA for accommodating us.

Keep Tuned for more updates.

Pictures courtesy of Mable Ayebale and Okello Deo
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Great Work from all the Welling volunteers UK/UG

By Daphine Namaganda

Bwerenga community Club feeder schools all benefit from the welling school volunteers.
Over 230 pupils are enjoying the great skills and experience from the Young talented Coaches from Welling.

The 1st and second day has just been concluded with lots of tag rugby training and the great project work at one of the bwerenga schools, Bwerenga Junior Academy The teachers and the pupils were all excited and appreciated the great love from Bwerenga Junior school.

The Coaches and Educators from the Whales Rugby academy have grasped several tactics of coaching and the Mbale and Masindi Managers cannot wait to go back home to deliver the gathered skills.

We appreciate TRT and all staff of welling school plus the students that may God reward you Abundantly

Long live TRT, WELLING and The Whales Community clubs of the Whales Rugby Academy.,thank you KOA for accommodating us.

Keep Tuned for more updates.

Pictures courtesy of Mable Ayebale and Okello Deo

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

Its Welling in Bwerenga

By Whales Media

After a successful week in jinja the Welling coaches today met the whales managers, of The whales Rugby Academy Wakiso, Family spirit managers of Masindi and Musoto CCC of Mbale.

In a short Highlight of how the week will run, the TRT Uganda Tour Leader Fortunate Irankunda emphasised to stick on what was planned, and promised that it will be exciting and successful like the previous one.

Emphasizing on Community Club programme the Whales tag centers that are linked to the Whales Community Clubs will get maximum skills and vast knowledge from all sides the session plans were discussed with excitement.

Thank you to the Welling Volunteers who look more strong and fresh to share and deliver the skills to the schools, Thank you Welling leader Theo and your Team ,TRT UG/UK thank you for the hospitality, thank you and wish you a wonderful week

Just Keep tuned for updates from the Media Crew UG/UK..
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Its Welling in Bwerenga

By Whales Media

After a successful week in jinja the Welling coaches today met the whales managers, of The whales Rugby Academy Wakiso, Family spirit managers of Masindi and Musoto CCC of Mbale.

In a short Highlight of how the week will run,  the TRT Uganda Tour Leader Fortunate Irankunda emphasised to  stick on what was  planned, and promised that it will be exciting and successful like the previous one.

Emphasizing on Community Club programme the Whales tag centers that are linked to the Whales Community Clubs will get maximum skills and vast knowledge from all sides the session plans were discussed with excitement.

Thank you to the Welling Volunteers who look more strong and fresh to share and deliver the skills to the schools, Thank you Welling leader Theo and your Team ,TRT UG/UK thank you for the hospitality, thank you and wish you a wonderful week

Just Keep tuned for updates from the Media Crew UG/UK..

3 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda

Day 2 of welling School Tour Fabulous.

Volunteers on the welling school tour early morning arrived at their respective schools for there second day of training. The Tag loving volunteers were welcomed excellently and started off with the training sessions from where they had left on day 1, Keenly following the training plans they had drawn the night
before.

The afternoon session yet again was met with torrential rains, some pitches were unplayable hence sessions were called off.
Coaches are now left with a single day of training in which they have to select their best sides to participate in the tournament come Friday.

A lovely day on the tour, the adoption is fantastic and conducting sessions has become much easier, leaving everyone on the team greatly excited.

Special thanks to TRT trustee Rob Newman, Louis Evans and the entire staff with the team for the making the tour exciting.
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Day 2 of welling School Tour Fabulous. 

Volunteers  on the welling school tour early morning arrived at their respective schools for there second day of training. The Tag loving volunteers were welcomed excellently and started off with the training sessions from where they had left on  day 1, Keenly following the training plans they had drawn the night 
before. 

The afternoon session yet again was met with torrential rains,  some pitches were unplayable hence sessions were called off. 
Coaches are now left with a single day of training in which they have to select their best sides to participate in the tournament come Friday. 

A lovely day on the tour,  the adoption is fantastic and conducting sessions has become much easier, leaving everyone on the team greatly excited. 

Special thanks to TRT trustee Rob Newman,  Louis Evans and the entire staff with the team for the making the tour exciting.

Comment on Facebook

Wonderful site for the tag rugby