Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has gone from strength to strength and we now have a National Tag Championship

Country Snapshot

We’ve been busy in Zimbabwe – here are a few facts & figures:

6

Years Strong

108

Locations

8,000

People Engaged

226

Volunteers

4

Tours

99

Projects

An Amazing Country

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country bordered by Zambia in the north, Mozambique in the east, Botswana in the west, and South Africa in the south. The country is mostly elevated, with a central plateau stretching from the southwest northwards, and with mountains in the Eastern Highlands reaching over 2,500m. Renowned for its great natural beauty, it has the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls, and attracts tourists from all over the world. It has been an independent country since 1980 and, since 2000, due to severe droughts and the effects of a land reform programme, sharp falls in agricultural production has left the economy facing severe challenges. The country’s main exports are gems and precious metals, iron ore, tobacco and cotton.

A Good Start

As a result of the combined efforts, foresight and commitment of two key individuals – Tinashe Shamu and Ed Whitfield – the first TRT tour to Zimbabwe was in 2011 when a small team conducted the most amazing work in and around in the town of Marondera and the suburbs of Harare. In their time there, they coached over 1,100 children, touching the lives of so many people and igniting the local appetite to do much more.

From humble beginnings, the programme here has grown and evolved significantly. It now covers most of the major cities and towns in Zimbabwe, as well as a number of rural areas, with many more very keen to get on board.

A New Blueprint

Using our years of experience in other countries, TRT implemented their tried-and-tested model from day one in Zimbabwe. This, along with amazingly dedicated local support – from businesses and the private school sector – has ensured that TRT Zimbabwe has grown quickly and its impact has been outstanding. TRT Zimbabwe now leads the way on a number of new “future building” programmes such as TRT Work Experience, Female Inspiration Through Rugby (FITR) and a national tag championship.

TRT Zimbabwe has offices in Harare and Bulawayo, with a team of five people working hard to achieve its goals, innovate and to continually progress the programme. They are now beginning to set the standards others are keen to follow.

A Bright Future

Take a look at the TRT Zimbabwe Facebook page (or scroll down) to get a feel for the nature and volume of tag and community projects taking place week in, week out, around the country.

See what TRT are doing in Zimbabwe…

We've made a real difference…

Here are a few of the community projects we have worked on:

HEALTH & SOCIAL EDUCATION

Female Inspiration Through Rugby - empowering young women.

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What’s going on…

Here are the latest posts from the country's Facebook page:

We could do with a tag version like this !!!

Post your video attempts for tag ref signals here, we may find a little prize for the best one posted by the end of the month :-)

CNN Sport
Learning a rugby referee's signals... and a new dance move 💃 🕺
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2 months ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

Tag Rugby bringing a difference in the mine town of Hwange.

The 9 week long race league has been one of the best things that has ever happened to the little boys and girls of Hwange.
The league was comprised of trainings, community projects and games. Teams managed to do all this well and the best teams were rewarded at the end of the league.
Community projects that were done by the teams brought a difference to the mine town and touched some lives in different communities. The taught the children about being aware of the environments that they live in and grooming them into responsible adults that are aware of the help that they can render to their communities.
The community projects done in Hwange included clean up campaigns done around the schools and communities where teams are based. Teams that cleaned and weeded around the schools included Lwendulu blue strikers, St Georges Leopards, Mabinga White Rhinos, Coalfields, Ingagula, Megawatt. These activities really brought a difference to the schools, children were never really involved in such activities but with the introduction of community projects through tag rugby children got involved in cleaning their school surroundings for a better and clean working environment.
Other important projects done around the community involved cleaning and weeding around the community Chibondo clinic and St Patricks mission hospital by Megawatt. Cleaning and weeding around the Old peoples home and the Cindirella community by Mabinga White Rhinos, clearing part of the woods at the rugby field and cutting grass and clearing of the community playing field by St Ignatius Black Rhinos, weeding and cleaning the surroundings of the elderly in the community by St George's Leopards.
Thomas Coulter got involved by weeding and clearing around their teachers cottages and a clean up around the Colliery club and Little theatre surroundings.
The other projects that were initiated by the teams included the talk on drug and alcohol abuse that was done by the CID section from ZRP to all the students at High School, this was initiated by the St Ignatius Black Rhinos and the High school thanked the volunteer coaches for such a great initiative that was necessary at a high school like this one.
Mabinga White Rhinos located along the Victoria Falls highway also saw it fit to invite the traffic safety board and local traffic police for a talk with all the children at Mabinga Primary school on road safety. This talk also brought about the selection of the school in forming a traffic safety club, the representative from the board highlighted that they wanted 4 schools from Hwange and thus this invitation through tag rugby trust put the school into the picture as indeed a club was needed at the school.
All these projects initiated and supervised by Tag coaches and volunteers really brought a difference in a lot of lives in Hwange.
The games also that were played in 3 weeks were the best experience for some children as it took them to places that they had never visited before. Because of the 3 different venues we had for the games, this got children to travel to other areas for games and it was such an experience as some of them has never visited the areas before. The training week also had it's own uniqueness that made the children play and socialise while they play tag rugby.
In conclusion we would like to thank all sponsors involved for making this league a success and for giving us the chance to build futures through rugby..
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Tag Rugby bringing a difference in the mine town of Hwange.

The  9 week long race league has been one of the best things that has ever happened to the little boys and girls of Hwange. 
The league was comprised of trainings, community projects and games. Teams managed to do all this well and the best teams were rewarded at the end of the league.
Community projects that were done by the teams brought a difference to the mine town and touched some lives in different communities. The taught the children about being aware of the environments that they live in and grooming them into responsible adults that are aware of the help that they can render to their communities. 
The community projects done in Hwange included clean up campaigns done around the schools and communities where teams are based. Teams that cleaned and weeded around the schools included Lwendulu blue strikers, St Georges Leopards, Mabinga White Rhinos, Coalfields, Ingagula, Megawatt. These activities really brought a difference to the schools, children were never really involved in such activities but with the introduction of community projects through tag rugby children got involved in cleaning their school surroundings for a better and clean working environment.
Other important projects done around the community involved cleaning and weeding around the community Chibondo clinic and St Patricks mission hospital by Megawatt. Cleaning and weeding around the Old peoples home and the Cindirella community by Mabinga White Rhinos, clearing part of the woods at the rugby field and cutting grass and  clearing of the community playing field by St Ignatius Black Rhinos, weeding and cleaning the surroundings of the elderly in the community by St Georges Leopards. 
Thomas Coulter got involved by weeding and clearing around their teachers cottages and a clean up around the Colliery club and Little theatre surroundings. 
The other projects that were initiated by the teams included the talk on drug and alcohol abuse that was done by the CID section from ZRP to all the students at High School, this was initiated by the St Ignatius Black Rhinos and the High school thanked the volunteer coaches for such a great initiative that was necessary at a high school like this one.
Mabinga White Rhinos located along the Victoria Falls highway also saw it fit to invite the traffic safety board and local traffic police for a talk with all the children at Mabinga Primary school on road safety. This talk also brought about the selection of the school in forming a traffic safety club, the representative from the board highlighted that they wanted 4 schools from Hwange and thus this invitation through tag rugby trust put the school into the picture as indeed a club was needed at the school.
All these projects initiated and supervised by Tag coaches and volunteers really brought a difference in a lot of lives in Hwange.
The games also that were played in 3 weeks were the best experience for some children as it took them to places that they had never visited before. Because of the 3 different venues we had for the games, this got children to travel to other areas for games and it was such an experience as some of them has never visited the areas before. The training week also had its own uniqueness that made the children play and socialise while they play tag rugby. 
In conclusion we would like to thank all sponsors involved for making this league a success and for giving us the chance to build futures through rugby..

2 months ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

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Comment on Facebook

Looking good. All the best Martin.

wow

Great bunch of guys

True Larry Chikukura

Curtains close down on Hwange tag rugby league...

On the 25th of March 2017, Thomas Coulter in Hwange hosted the final round of games in the Hwange League. It was the typical Hwange weather from morning when games started at 9am when all teams arrived. We had about 180 children and 30 officials.
Coalfields could not fulfill this fixture again as their school athletics team had travelled to Victoria Falls and could not field a team as all players were in the athletics team. We were given an opening prayer by young coach Gerald from White Rhinos and the opening remarks by Octavia.

Games were played in 2 pools with refs Sani Nkomo, Frank, Dion, Allian, Octavia and Phil from Harare helping with one game. Games were played well and teams were sweating it out in the scorching heat as they fought for the 2 trophies that were on display.

We had a number of tight matches on this day where Black Rhinos played Lwendulu Blue strikers where Black Rhinos won the game with a 2 point margin. The other tight game was between the white Rhinos and Leopards where the teams drew. Another exciting one was Leopards and Lwendulu blue strikers and Leopards won the game with a 4 point margin.

When all games were played teams gathered for the final results. Our guests Tangi and Phil from Harare were introduced and they helped with presentation of prizes to the winning teams. The accolades we had for the day were for the best community project and the best overall team.
White Rhinos also known as Mabinga scooped the community project prize and the overall league winners were the Black Rhinos also known known as St Ignatius and now want to change their name to All Black Rhinos. These 2 teams are set to travel for the Nationals in Harare later in the year.
One of the guests Tangi gave a speech and thanked everyone present for hosting such a wonderful event. He thanked the coaches for work they were doing and the kids too for displaying such wonderful rugby.
Closing remarks were given by Octavia where she thanked the coaches for all the work they put in each week to make this league a success. She explained more on the aspect of community projects that were meant to groom our players into responsible adults aware of the needs in their communities. Also urged coaches not to tire in teaching good discipline to the players and spirit of the game. She encouraged all players to keep training as the end of the league did not mean the end of tag rugby and community projects.
Last but not least important she thanked our sponsors Old Mutual and Tag Rugby Trust for the help in running such a wonderful and unique league that has recognition in all communities in Hwange. She also thanked zapnax and mighty maheu for the snacks and refreshments after every game.
Romeo from White Rhinos gave us a wonderful closing prayer then lunch was served by our volunteer cooks Patronella and Chiedza. After everyone had a share of their lunch we called it a day and all teams had left Thomas Coulter to their respective homes by 1400hrs.

Hwange media team...
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