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:

24 hours ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

Tag Rugby has become the most loved activity in the mine town of Hwange.

Saturday the 15th of July 2017 Coalfields Primary school hosted Hwanges tag rugby tournament. Tag rugby has continued to bring communities in Hwange together. This was an exciting venue for the kids as it was the first time for some of them to be at the privately owned primary school in Hwange.

Teams present were Railton Leopards, Lwendulu Black Rhinos, Mabinga White rhinos, Lwendulu Blue Strikers, Ingagula the Elephant Trumps, Nechibondo, Megawatt, Thomas Coulter and Coalfields as the host. Reffing for the first time was Joseph and Talent a young leader from Thomas Coulter and they both reffed very well then the usual refs Dion, Frank , Allian and Mr Nkomo. Also present were diggers players and former tag rugby players who are now in secondary school who helped a lot by being scorers, time keepers, lines mans and controlling and directing kids and coaches.

Opening remarks and welcome speech was done by Mr Nkomo where he welcomed everybody present on this great day.
Games started at 9.30am with all teams on time. Parents and some supporters showed up despite their busy schedule.

Refs never had a time to walk slowly in any game as all teams have improved their play especially the hosts Coalfieds where Coach Big Ben is now helping with his expertise, teams were all fast and creative. Today it was super tag rugby because all teams we on fire, seems like all coaches are working hard .

After playing on two pool four teams had to go for the semi finals, Leopards playing with the White rhinos and Black Rhinos with Thomas Coulter.

Closing remarks and announcements were made by Ms Gambiza at the end of it all. The saying was believed today that history will repeat itself as the Leopards faced the Black Rhinos in the finals. Previously the Leopards winning the tournament, today the Black Rhinos dominated the Hwange tag jungle and won all their games. Becoming the champions of the day.

Tag rugby was done by 1300 but there was a delay in the lunches due to problems that were experienced by our caterer for the day. But eventually everyone had their lunch and were transported back to their respective areas.

After the tag games we had contact a game between gebhuza high school and Chilisa where the girls first played a 7s game. There were 3 former tag rugby players now in form 1 were part of the teams that played. In the boys game as well we had about four players from tag rugby last year in the game between Hwange high school and chilisa high school. Hwange high dominated all the way first half and second half chilisa had to put in some coaches and team managers but there was a bit difference though Hwange high still dominated.

This has proved that tag is the base of every rugby happening in Hwange. Hwange high won with a huge magine. .

Appreciation to all people who helped in the event, the coaches and Octavia who had everything in control and all big thanks to our sponsors TRT and old mutual.

Report by Allian Sibanda
Pictures by Michelle, Dion , Allian and Talent.
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Tag Rugby has become the most loved activity in the mine town of Hwange.

Saturday the 15th of July 2017 Coalfields Primary school hosted Hwanges tag rugby tournament. Tag rugby has continued to bring communities in Hwange together. This was an exciting venue for the kids as it was the first time for some of them to be at the privately owned primary school in Hwange. 

Teams present were Railton Leopards, Lwendulu Black Rhinos,  Mabinga White rhinos, Lwendulu Blue Strikers, Ingagula the Elephant Trumps, Nechibondo, Megawatt, Thomas Coulter and Coalfields as the host. Reffing for the first time was Joseph and Talent a young leader from Thomas Coulter and they both  reffed very well then the usual refs Dion, Frank , Allian and Mr Nkomo. Also present were diggers players and former tag rugby players who are now in secondary school who helped a lot by being scorers, time keepers, lines mans and controlling and directing kids and coaches.

Opening remarks and welcome speech was done by Mr Nkomo where he welcomed everybody present on this great day. 
Games started at 9.30am with all teams on time. Parents and some supporters showed up despite their busy schedule. 

Refs never had a time to walk slowly in any game as all teams have improved their play especially the hosts Coalfieds where Coach Big Ben is now helping with his expertise, teams were all fast and creative. Today it was super tag rugby because all teams we on fire, seems like all coaches are working hard .

After playing on two pool four teams had to go for the semi finals,  Leopards playing with the White rhinos and Black Rhinos with Thomas Coulter. 

Closing remarks and announcements were made by Ms Gambiza at the end of it all. The saying was believed today that history will repeat itself as the Leopards faced the Black Rhinos in the finals. Previously the Leopards winning the tournament, today the Black Rhinos dominated the Hwange tag jungle and won all their games. Becoming the champions of the day.

Tag rugby was done by 1300 but there was a delay in the lunches due to problems that were experienced by our caterer for the day. But eventually everyone had their lunch and were transported back to their respective areas.

After the tag games we had contact a game between gebhuza high school and Chilisa where the girls first played a 7s game. There were 3 former tag rugby players now in form 1 were part of  the teams that played. In the boys game as well we had about four players from tag rugby last year in the game between Hwange high school and chilisa high school. Hwange high dominated all the way first half and second half chilisa had to put in some coaches and team managers but there was a bit difference though Hwange high still dominated. 

This has proved that tag is the base of every rugby happening in Hwange. Hwange high won with a huge magine. .

Appreciation to all people who helped in the event, the coaches and Octavia who had everything in control and all big thanks to our sponsors TRT and old mutual. 

Report by Allian Sibanda 
Pictures by Michelle, Dion , Allian and Talent.

3 days ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

THE BIG RACE FOR SILVERWARE
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Saturday the 15th of July saw a total of 17 teams were participating in the well organised race for Silverware. Harare sports club was the venue. It was a race to inaugurate the Bowl, Plate and Cup winner of the Non-League teams.

At 09:00 there was an officials briefing by Hilton (Jax) Kamanda. Opening remarks were partaken by coach Bev while coach Washy tackled the Spirit of the game. The games started at 09:15 with Vultures and Pote, Hartman House and Nyakudya, Elephants and Nyamande and lastly Chogugudza and Glen View 1 in pools A,B,C and D respectively. The debutants of the tournament were Queens dale Knights, Hatcliffe (3) primary. Hartman House, Glen View 3 and Glen View 1, one of the most interest was a match between two teams from the same stable i.e Hartman House seniors and Hartman House colts. The coaches were all over the pitch as they had to coach the 2 opposing teams simultaneously. However Hartman House colts emerged the victors.

As the pool stages was done the kids were gathered together at one point while the semi final results were being compiled by coach Tangisai chidhakwa'. After results were delivered, the battle for Silverware begun and victory was snatched by Pote primary for the Bowl, Nyamande took the Plate and hats off to Elephants who were the Cup winners.

"These well organised sporting events of tag rugby have proved to be worthwhile because kids are becoming more disciplined and it keeps them out of trouble. Kids have become more and more responsible for their own communities". A coach lamented that these kids have taken the responsibility of identifying for themselves which areas need to be tackled when its time for them to do community project. Coaches also learn new coaching skills through interaction with other coaches at tournament level.

Many thanks to the patrons of the Charity (Tag Rugby Trust) and all the volunteers. Thanks to Old Mutual and Zap Nax for their continued support.

🏈Harare Media Team🏈
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THE BIG RACE FOR SILVERWARE


Saturday the 15th of July saw a total of 17 teams were participating in the well organised race for Silverware. Harare sports club was the venue. It was a  race to inaugurate the Bowl, Plate and Cup winner of the Non-League teams.

At 09:00 there was an officials briefing by Hilton (Jax) Kamanda. Opening remarks were partaken by coach Bev while coach Washy tackled the Spirit of the game. The games started at 09:15 with Vultures and Pote, Hartman House and Nyakudya, Elephants and Nyamande and lastly Chogugudza and Glen View 1 in pools A,B,C and D respectively. The debutants of the tournament were Queens dale Knights, Hatcliffe (3) primary. Hartman House, Glen View 3 and Glen View 1, one of the most interest was a match between  two teams from the same stable i.e Hartman House seniors and Hartman House colts. The coaches were all over the pitch as they had to coach the 2 opposing teams simultaneously. However Hartman House colts emerged the victors.

As the pool stages was done the kids were gathered together at one point while the semi final results were being compiled by coach Tangisai chidhakwa. After results were delivered, the battle for Silverware begun and victory was snatched by Pote primary for the Bowl, Nyamande took the Plate and hats off to Elephants who were the Cup winners.

These well organised sporting events of tag rugby have proved to be worthwhile because kids are becoming more disciplined and it keeps them out of trouble. Kids have become more and more responsible for their own communities. A coach lamented that these kids have taken the responsibility of identifying for themselves which areas need to be tackled when its time for them to do community project. Coaches also learn new coaching skills through interaction with other coaches at tournament level. 

Many thanks to the patrons of the Charity (Tag Rugby Trust) and all the volunteers. Thanks to Old Mutual and Zap Nax for their continued support.

🏈Harare Media Team🏈

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

HARARE IS ON FIRE, TAG RISING ON HEAT

Another edutainment tournament of tag was held at harare sport club on the 8 of july. It is a culture of harare tag team to enjoy the success of their hands.it was a fun packed event when the harare tag host yet another joyful tournament. more than 180 kids enjoyed the day with the tag rugby trust logistics and refs guys

Soon after the opening remarks by coach Tangi, seventeen teams gathered up at their respective pools to play the games which started at 9:30. Nine teams were from league 1 and eight from league 2 with the upset of one team Borowdale. There was a lot of improvement in the play by the kids and this mad the day to be more competitive and interesting. However Saints and Dzikwa proved their dominance by coming first in their respective leagues.

Also, the community projects done by the kids have made the community to appreciate the works of the trust.This is evidenced by many parents who sacrificed their time to attend the event on the day. Tag players are learning to do great works in their communities at a tender age and making a different.

coaches, referees, media and logistics personals had time to play the interesting exhibition game of tag at the end of the games. This was so interesting and it helped a lot in fostering unity to all tag volunteers and setting a great example to the kids.

Thanks to our sponsors Old Mutual and Zapnax all tag volunteers and the authorities of Harare Sports club who have helped a lot in making this tournament a success.

DONE BY
MEDIA TEAM HARARE
#thebest
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HARARE IS ON FIRE, TAG RISING ON HEAT

Another edutainment tournament of tag was held at harare sport club on the 8 of july. It is a culture of harare tag team to enjoy the success of their hands.it was a fun packed event when the harare tag host yet another joyful tournament. more than 180 kids enjoyed the day with the tag rugby trust logistics and refs guys

Soon after the opening remarks by coach Tangi, seventeen teams gathered up at their respective pools to play the games which started at 9:30. Nine teams were from league 1 and eight from league 2 with the upset of one team Borowdale. There was a lot of improvement in the play by the kids and this mad the day to be more competitive and interesting. However Saints and Dzikwa proved their dominance  by coming first in their respective leagues.

Also, the community projects  done by the kids have made the community to appreciate the works of the trust.This is evidenced by many parents who sacrificed their time to  attend the event on the day. Tag players are learning to do great works in their communities at a tender age and making a different.

coaches, referees, media and logistics personals had time to play the interesting exhibition game of tag at the end of the games. This was so interesting and it helped a lot in fostering unity to all tag volunteers and setting a great example to the kids. 

Thanks to our sponsors Old Mutual and Zapnax all tag volunteers and the authorities of Harare Sports club who have helped a lot in making this tournament a success.

DONE BY
 MEDIA TEAM HARARE
#thebest

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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