Zambia: Tag Rugby Trust Partnership

Since its launch in 2002, the charity, Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) has grown and evolved into an organisation working in the UK and numerous developing countries. TRT uses rugby as a vehicle to ‘Build Futures’ by providing relevant and challenging opportunities for children and adults alike. Sustainability and local ownership is central to how TRT runs its projects.

Mill Hill has been in partnership with the charity for eight years. We annually offer our Lower Sixth pupils a fantastic opportunity to travel to Zambia to work with local teachers and volunteers, to deliver Tag Rugby coaching to government primary schools and orphanages over a two week period, both in the copper belt town of Ndola and in Livingstone. After a week of coaching, our pupils take on the responsibility of organising Tournament Day where all the schools come together to compete for the Mill Hill Trophy at the end each week.

Whilst coaching the children in the schools is the primary activity, there is always scope for pupils’ other skills to be put to the test during the trip, such as organisers for tournament day, photography, video coverage, reporters for local newspapers and many more.

No prior knowledge of the game is needed and those who are successful in gaining a place on the trip, receive training in how to coach Tag Rugby and are given a recognised RFU award at the end. The trip never fails to offer our pupils new experiences, open their eyes to a new culture and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Learn more about TRT at www.tagrugbytrust.co.uk.