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:

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4 days ago

#FRESH HIPPOS
Serious training session on going at Namakwekwe Play group Mbale Municipality
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Welcoming friends is always exciting but saying bye bye is always sad. This morning The Whales Club house Members made it in a way that it has to end with some smiles not tears

The great moments we have shared with TRT Volunteer Thomas Stevenson, The 6 weeks went so fast for Sure.

We entirely appreciate the love and the precious time we had with Tom and all the great work we did together, moving to TRT community Clubs around the country and sharing experiences.

We thank your parents the Stevenson Family for trusting us with their son and supporting his travels and also his University of East Anglia for the support and ofcourse the chairman of TRT Martin Hansford for recommending Uganda.

We are now happy to say goodbye Tom and we hope to see you again when you finish your school.

Love from Tag Rugby families around the country and especially your home away from home The whales Club House.
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Good bye Tom, all your works will always be remembered. TRT is wishing you a safe journey.

Well done Tom. Great contribution.

Amazing Tom, well done mate. Big shirt too

Sounds like you had a great time, made some great friendships and did some great work. The 6 weeks have indeed flown past - look forward to a catch up in Brighton when you’re back 🍻

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Uganda sends with deep sorrow the heart felt condolences to the family of The young leader, player and coach of Musoto Community Club who circumbed to cancer earlier today.
Brian Lubangkene will be missed by all Taggers in the tag rugby freternity

We pray that the Lord recieves you with lots of love and may your family and teammates be comforted with strength in these Trying times.

You have gone do soon my dear Coach May your soul rest in eternal Peace.
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Tag  Rugby Trust Uganda sends with deep sorrow the heart felt condolences to the family of The young leader, player and coach of Musoto Community Club who circumbed to cancer earlier today.
Brian Lubangkene will be missed by all Taggers in the tag rugby freternity

We pray that the Lord recieves you with lots of love and may your family and teammates be comforted with strength in these Trying times.

You have gone do soon my dear Coach May your soul rest in eternal Peace.

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Rest In Peace

RIP

R.I.P

R.I.P MR 😔

RIP

Rip

RIP

Rest in peace

So sad may his soul RIP.

What a lose. May he rest well

So sad bambi

Heartfelt condolences

RIP

RIP

Oh no, may his soul rejoiced with the angels

Rip

RIP

RIP

Bambi sorry, RIP

RIP

RIP

Rip

R.I.P

R. I. P .

So sad, may his soul Rest In Peace

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Great to see these kids happy.

More action pics from Entebbe special needs school
Thanks coach Hasifa
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Great to see these kids happy.

More action pics from Entebbe special needs school
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