Since its launch in 2002, the Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) has grown and evolved into an organisation working in the UK and eight 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.
In 2018 Mill Hill will again be partnering with TRT to offer pupils a fantastic opportunity to travel to Zambia and work with local teachers and volunteers to deliver Tag Rugby coaching to government primary schools and orphanages both in the copper belt town of Ndola and Livingstone. There may also be an opportunity to go to Zimbabwe and explore the Matopos area and Victoria Falls. After a week of coaching in each of the centres, pupils will organise a tournament day where the schools will all come together to compete for the Mill Hill Trophy.
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 project, such as organising the tournament day, photography, video coverage, reporting for local newspapers and many more.
No prior knowledge of the game is needed, as everyone in the tour party will receive training in how to coach Tag Rugby. After one tough week of coaching, pupils will enjoy some rest and relaxation by visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls followed by a two day safari in neighbouring Botswana. The pupils will also have an opportunity to carry out project work alongside some local charities.
The trip will without doubt offer pupils new experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime. Learn more about TRT at tagrugbytrust.co.uk
Here’s a flavour of the Zambia trip: