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Rugby UK coaches’ tour of Rwanda hailed as success


Rugby UK coaches’ tour of Rwanda hailed as success

This was not your typical rugby tour as Rwandan school kids got to play and learn with experienced coaches and loved every minute.

Friends of Rwandan Rugby (FoRR) has just completed its 2016 coaching tour. This 10 day trip which ran from 11 to 21 August saw a team of 12 UK coaches conduct a series of rugby coaching and referee development clinics in three centres across the country. Players, coaches and referees from primary school to national league level were all engaged in these sessions.

FoRR's most recent coaching trip travelled to Rusizi in the far south west of the country. However, before heading out of Kigali the team delivered an extended refereeing clinic to more than 20 budding and experienced referees.

Next stop was Huye where together with Rwanda programme lead, Kamanda Tharcisse and two of the charities rugby development officers the UK coaches managed two tournaments for secondary school boys (four teams) and girls (six teams). The next six days saw the team engaged in 32 primary school coaching sessions across eight schools, conduct five sessions with the teacher training college and run girls and boys tournaments at the end of the week. The team also found time to run a seven-aside coaching clinic for national league team, Rusizi Resilience, in preparation for the 1000 Hills seven-aside tournament in Kigali at the end of the week.

The work did not stop there as on return to Kigali members of the team were invited to referee at the 1000 Hills tournament and continue coaching the Rusizi resilience team.

More details and pictures are available on the FoRR facebook page. FoRRs next trip is being planned for May / June 2017.


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Andy Brook


Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 23:00