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.

Find Out More…
What’s going on…

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

4 days ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

Tag Rugby Educator

Name: Abraham Tawanda Rwodzi
Nickname: Bobo

Rugby career:
*Head coach, Girls High School (2012-2017)
*Head coach, Maranatha Primary School (2013)
*Head Coach, Mabvuku Rugby Club (2013-2017)
*U15 coach, Prince Edward School (2014-2015)
*U18 coach, Zimbabwe Girls (2015-2016)
*U16 coach, Prince Edward School (2016-2017)
*Coach Woman's​ National Team (2017)
*U18 Coach, Harare Province Top School (2017)
*U18 Coach, Harare Select (2017)
*Currently coaching Comos and Lions, Ghana (2017)

Why did you choose to be an educator?
The reason why I chose to be an educator is to improve the quality of coaching and ultimately improve the pool of players in the country, to bring more coaches in the system, to give back to my country and also to change the lives of others who want to become coaches.

What advice do you have to give to people about the sport?
Tag rugby is a vehicle that drives you to install discipline, respect, enjoyment, fun and sportsmanship and also sport can build your future in many ways.

What qoute do you live by?
"If what you did yesterday is still looking big to you, you haven't done much today" Vince Lombardi.

How has tag rugby impacted your life?
Tag rugby has played a major role in my life, it all started 2011 when I did my tag rugby level 1 coaching and l started coaching u12s and my team was the first to win tag rugby cup in Zimbabwe. Tag rugby helped me to become a qualified IRB level 1 (15's) coach that year, that's were the big journey started. All the accomplishments came after that leading up to my being in Ghana. Tag rugby has truly made a huge impact in my life.

What are your long-term goals?
*I would like to establish an environment of trust, excellence, professiolism and fun everywhere i go in my career
*To build a high performance center which provides high quality experienced​ players
*Ultimately, i would like to set a benchmark in the world. #buildingfutures #tagrugby #loverugby

Thank you.
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Tag Rugby Educator

Name: Abraham Tawanda Rwodzi
Nickname: Bobo

Rugby career:
*Head coach, Girls High School (2012-2017)
*Head coach, Maranatha Primary School (2013)
*Head Coach, Mabvuku Rugby Club (2013-2017)
*U15 coach, Prince Edward School (2014-2015)
*U18 coach, Zimbabwe Girls (2015-2016)
*U16 coach, Prince Edward School (2016-2017)
*Coach Womans​ National Team (2017)
*U18 Coach, Harare Province Top School (2017)
*U18 Coach, Harare Select (2017)
*Currently coaching Comos and Lions, Ghana (2017)

Why did you choose to be an educator?
The reason why I chose  to be an educator is to improve the quality of coaching and ultimately improve the pool of players in the country, to bring more coaches in the system, to give back to my country and also to change the lives of others who want to become coaches.

What advice do you have to give to people about the sport?
Tag rugby is a vehicle that drives you to install discipline, respect, enjoyment, fun and sportsmanship and also sport can build your future in many ways.

What qoute do you live by?
If what you did yesterday is still looking big to you, you havent done much today Vince Lombardi.

How has tag rugby impacted your life?
Tag rugby has played a major role in my life, it all started 2011 when I did my tag rugby level 1 coaching and l started coaching u12s and my team was the first to win tag rugby cup in Zimbabwe. Tag rugby helped me to become a qualified IRB level 1 (15s) coach that year, thats were the big journey started. All the accomplishments came after that leading up to my being in Ghana. Tag rugby has truly made a huge impact in my life.

What are your long-term goals?
 *I would like to establish an environment of trust, excellence, professiolism and fun everywhere i go in my career
*To build a high performance center which provides high quality experienced​ players
*Ultimately, i would like to set a benchmark in the world. #buildingfutures #tagrugby #loverugby 

Thank you.

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Mans got skills

Irankunda Fortunate...Zimbabwe Fort..hahaha

Great one!

👏👏👏#proud

Thanks guys

Julu my first scrumhalf hw au hwz London

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1 week ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

Equipment distribution is underway in Manicaland Province as the tag rugby storm spreads across the nation, we will not rest in our endeavour to build futures through rugby. No corner, nook nor crevice in this country will be left behind, no participants will be left hanging without the pleasure of enjoying some footy...#buildingfutures #tagrugby #tagnation #loverugby ... See MoreSee Less

Equipment distribution is underway in Manicaland Province as the tag rugby storm spreads across the nation, we will not rest in our endeavour to build futures through rugby. No corner, nook nor crevice in this country will be left behind, no participants will be left hanging without the pleasure of enjoying some footy...#buildingfutures #tagrugby #tagnation #loverugby

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Keep up the good work guys

Its indeed Fun that every one needs to utilise.

This is great my brother!..Keep it up

A story of 300,000km COMING SOON...#buildingfutures #tagrugby #loverugby ... See MoreSee Less

A story of 300,000km COMING SOON...#buildingfutures #tagrugby #loverugby

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We are with you always

1 week ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

Hwange launches FITR for the fairer sex..

On Friday the 10th of November Tatenda launched the "Female Inspiration Through Rugby" (FITR) programme in the mine town of Hwange. This was done at Lwendulu Primary school with 4 females present Mrs Ncube, Ms Maposa, Ms Kwibisa and Octavia. The meeting had been scheduled for 1400hrs but due to circumstances beyond our control, the facilitator could not make it in time and the meeting was moved to 1600hrs. This change in time really inconvienenced some of the people who wanted to attend the launch.

Tatenda highlighted the need to have FITR which would give more attention to the girl child seeing as a girl goes through a lot of phases when growing up and hence needed a little more care compared to the boys. She said by January 2018, Hwange should kick start the whole programme which will start by mentor training which will be carried out by TRT educators in conjunction with Girls Legacy.

After training the community, school clubs are to be set up, this will then be followed by community or school tournaments played as well as holding camps. During these camps the focus will be on leadership, inspirational talks with the girls, education and mentorship then followed by tag rugby into contact games.
Mrs Ncube said indeed this was a good programme as the girls in sport really need guidance for them to grow up and be great sports people in the future. All present at the briefing were happy with the programme and will indeed make it a success.

So indeed the phrase "fairer sex" is true when applied to females not just because they are paler, prettier or physically smaller and more delicate than men. Maybe we are the fairer sex because we are also more fair or impartial, even handed and honest in their judgement and decisions and hence need that extra attention. We will forever strive to build futures through rugby and do our part to aid the bridging of gender disparity within the sport. #buildingfutures #tagrugby #loverugby

Report and photocred: Octavia
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Hwange launches FITR for the fairer sex..

On Friday the 10th of November Tatenda launched the Female Inspiration Through Rugby (FITR) programme in the mine town of Hwange. This was done at Lwendulu Primary school with 4 females present Mrs Ncube, Ms Maposa, Ms Kwibisa and Octavia. The meeting had been scheduled for 1400hrs but due to circumstances beyond our control, the facilitator could not make it in time and the meeting was moved to 1600hrs. This change in time really inconvienenced some of the people who wanted to attend the launch.

Tatenda highlighted the need to have FITR which would give more attention to the girl child seeing as a girl goes through a lot of phases when growing up and hence needed a little more care compared to the boys. She said by January 2018, Hwange should kick start the whole programme which will start by mentor training which will be carried out by TRT educators in conjunction with Girls Legacy. 

After training the community, school clubs are to be set up, this will then be followed by community or school tournaments played as well as holding camps. During these camps the focus will be on leadership, inspirational talks with the girls, education and mentorship then followed by tag rugby into contact games. 
Mrs Ncube said indeed this was a good programme as the girls in sport really need guidance for them to grow up and be great sports people in the future. All present at the briefing were happy with the programme and will indeed make it a success.

So indeed the phrase fairer sex is true when applied to females not just because they are paler, prettier or physically smaller and more delicate than men. Maybe we are the fairer sex because we are also more fair or impartial, even handed and honest in their judgement and decisions and hence need that extra attention. We will forever strive to build futures through rugby and do our part to aid the bridging of gender disparity within the sport. #buildingfutures #tagrugby #loverugby

Report and photocred: Octavia

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Great work All.

Congratulations girls, keep up the good work

Happy Birthday to our founding Chairman Martin Hansford. In his element, coaching the future stars of Tag Rugby around the world and continuing to build futures. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Birthday to our founding Chairman Martin Hansford. In his element, coaching the future stars of Tag Rugby around the world and continuing to build futures.

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Happy birthday Martin have a terrific celebration!

Happy birthday indeed may the Lord add many more years

Happy birthday Martin . X

Happy birthday Martin Hansford

HBD Martin

Happy Birthday Martin!

Happy Birthday Martin

Happy Birthday Martin Hansford. GOD BLESS YOU N GRANT YOU MORE YEARS.

Hppy bornday big guy

Happy birthday Martin May the Lord bless you with many more

Happy birthday Ngobi

Hpy Bday Martin. "May God grant You long life, good health & lasting joy" Have fun Martin.

HBD TROOTER.

Happy birthday Martin. May you have as much joy as you have given to so many

Happy birthday Martin be blessed

Happy birthday Martin!

Happy belated birthday

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