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:

Our kids had no idea they would have the day of their lives at training in Mufakose yesterday, take a look at what the 98 capped Springboks prop, The Sharks and former Peterhouse Boys' School player had to say about Tag Rugby, thanks to @Kyros for making this a special day. Oldmutual Tendai Beast Mtawarira Springboks Peterhouse Group of Schools, Zimbabwe #buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #loverugby ... See MoreSee Less

11 hours ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

The man, the myth, the LEGEND...the BEAST himself!!! This humble soul graced us in Mufakose yesterday for a tag rugby session, his 1st cap by the way 😂😂 the kids truly had an amazing experience. We will forever strive to build our participants futures through doing what they love most. Thank you Tendai Beast Mtawarira Old Mutual @kyros for making the day a huge success. #BuildingFuturesThroughRugby #buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #loverugby ... See MoreSee Less

The man, the myth, the LEGEND...the BEAST himself!!! This humble soul graced us in Mufakose yesterday for a tag rugby session, his 1st cap by the way 😂😂 the kids truly had an amazing experience. We will forever strive to build our participants futures through doing what they love most. Thank you Tendai Beast Mtawarira Old Mutual @kyros for making the day a huge success. #BuildingFuturesThroughRugby #buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #loverugby

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Thank you Beast for spending time with the kids and making the day extra special for them.

5 days ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

ZAMBEZI TIGERS EMBARK ON BEHAVIOUR CHANGING PROJECT



Zambezi Tigers ‘s project held on the 17th of February 2018 was a great success. It is a common knowledge that one cannot bend an old tree but when it is still young. Catching the children young is the only way to build their future which is what the TRT seeks to achieve. The meeting started at 10 am.



Background to this project.

The director of the club, Mr P Ngwenya has noted that many children know that they have rights but they don’t really know what they are. They are aware that there is child abuse and drug abuse but they don’t really understand what this means. They cannot distinguish between child abuse and normal household chores. The sense of duty and responsibility is still not clear in the minds of many children. It is against this background that the director of the club decided to embark on this behaviour changing project. It is believed that after this session the Tigers athletes will engage in their other community projects with a clear understanding.



The objectives of the project were to:

Help children know their rights

Help children know what child abuse is and its forms

Help children develop any awareness of the effects of drug abuse

Help children identify ways in which they can meaningfully contribute to the improvement and development of their communities.



The club had invited the police officers from the department of public relations to address the athletes on the above issues. The two officers who attended the athletes were Constable Chipembere and Constable Ncube.The meeting was held at Mfelandawonye ZRP sub-station. Forty-three [43] children and 4 coaches attended this meeting. Constable Chipembere welcomed the athletes after introducing themselves. Constable Ncube then took over and started explaining the role of the ZRP in the nation. After that he began to explain children’s rights as they are written in the constitution of the Zimbabwe.



The following are some of the children’s rights which were discussed:

Right to life

Right to parental care or appropriate care when removed from the family environment

Right to be protected from economic and sexual exploitation, from child labour and from maltreatment, neglect or any form of abuse.

Right to education, health care services, nutrition and shelter

They also explained the three forms of abuse namely physical, sexual and emotional. This was followed by a song “Don’t touch” which triggered more excitement among the athletes. This song was used to teach areas where they should not allow anyone to touch them without naming them. After that the two police officers thanked the coaches for organizing this meeting and encouraged us to organize more of such meetings. They concluded by giving children some magazine to read at home. Tyra Masuku a grade five learner from Victoria Falls Education Centre gave a vote of thanks. The meeting ended at 1130am.

#buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #ZRP #loverugby
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ZAMBEZI TIGERS EMBARK ON BEHAVIOUR CHANGING PROJECT

 

Zambezi Tigers ‘s project held on the 17th of February 2018 was a great success. It is a common knowledge that one cannot bend an old tree but when it is still young. Catching the children young is the only way to build their future which is what the TRT seeks to achieve. The meeting started at 10 am.

 

Background to this project.

The director of the club, Mr P Ngwenya has noted that many children know that they have rights but they don’t really know what they are. They are aware that there is child abuse and drug abuse but they don’t really understand what this means. They cannot distinguish between child abuse and normal household chores. The sense of duty and responsibility is still not clear in the minds of many children. It is against this background that the director of the club decided to embark on this behaviour changing project. It is believed that after this session the Tigers athletes will engage in their other community projects with a clear understanding.

 

The objectives of the project were to:

Help children know their rights

Help children know what child abuse is and its forms

Help children develop any awareness of the effects of drug abuse

Help children identify ways in which they can meaningfully contribute to the improvement and development of their communities.

 

The club had invited the police officers from the department of public relations to address the athletes on the above issues. The two officers who attended the athletes were Constable Chipembere and Constable Ncube.The meeting was held at Mfelandawonye ZRP sub-station. Forty-three [43] children and 4 coaches attended this meeting. Constable Chipembere welcomed the athletes after introducing themselves. Constable Ncube then took over and started explaining the role of the ZRP in the nation. After that he began to explain children’s rights as they are written in the constitution of the Zimbabwe.

 

The following are some of the children’s rights which were discussed:

Right to life

Right to parental care or appropriate care when removed from the family environment 

Right to be protected from economic and sexual exploitation, from child labour and from maltreatment, neglect or any form of abuse.

Right to education, health care services, nutrition and shelter

They also explained the three forms of abuse namely physical, sexual and emotional. This was followed by a song “Don’t touch” which triggered more excitement among the athletes. This song was used to teach areas where they should not allow anyone to touch them without naming them. After that the two police officers thanked the coaches for organizing this meeting and encouraged us to organize more of such meetings. They concluded by giving children some magazine to read at home. Tyra Masuku a grade five learner from Victoria Falls Education Centre gave a vote of thanks. The meeting ended at 1130am.

#buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #ZRP #loverugby

1 week ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

What a turn out we had for the Harare tournament, the competition was stiff...and fun was surely had. We would like to thank all our participants, members of staff, coaches, managers and our partners who work tirelessly in our endeavour to build futures through rugby. #buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #loverugby ... See MoreSee Less

What a turn out we had for the Harare tournament, the competition was stiff...and fun was surely had. We would like to thank all our participants, members of staff, coaches, managers and our partners who work tirelessly in our endeavour to build futures through rugby. #buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #loverugby

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If only you could also involve kwekwe .... How much is paid do that we can also get your services

Well done Des McDonnell....you are instrumental in the growth and success of this programme despite all odds...keep up the fantastic effort.

1 week ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zimbabwe

As Bindura and Mashonaland Central Province join the tag rugby family, we are truly ecstatic. No one will be left behind...#buildingfutures #tagrugby #OldMutual #loverugby ... See MoreSee Less

As Bindura and Mashonaland Central Province join the tag rugby family, we are truly ecstatic. No one will be left behind...#buildingfutures #tagrugby  #OldMutual #loverugby

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Great work and well done all

Grant Peter Mitchell does this place look familiar?

The legendary BINDURA PRIMARY SCHOOL!!! A haven for scholars and athletes :) :)