The 2014 coaching trip to Rwanda was once again a huge success. We will be posting accounts of the trip from those who spent a week with the schools in Rwanda. All had an experience they will never forget. After spending a day acclimatizing in Kigali the coaches departed for the small town if Rubengera where 3 primary schools were introduced to Tag Rugby and competed in an inter school tournament at the end of the week.
We will be posting photos and videos of the tour over the coming weeks.
By John Claude
Great work this Wednesday! During the morning I have trained the selected players from P4 & P5,they are so good. Afternoon,after training EAV KABUTARE(secondary school) I have gone to support GRIZZLIES RFC.
On Tuesday,I visited Ecole Internatinale(french private school) to introduce Tag Rugby,I am lucky because headmaster agreed with me that he is going to inform parents so that I start. This requires the basic equipement to start our game in new school. The Headmaster was very impressed!
Last Sunday on 19th Jan 2014, GS NYUNDO and ES KARUGANDA played a friendly rugby game at RYAKIRORO Pitch in Gakenke District. This game ended with the victory of GS NYUNDO 7-0.
It is unbelievable to announce that FoRR is sending our 66th rugby coach to Rwanda as part of our coaching trip this February. For the first time the coaching group will visit Kibuye in Rwanda’s west to introduce rugby to the schools in this region. We will be looking at a prospective new rugby development officers to continue the development of the game in the region after the UK coaches depart and there is a great hope that the Kibuye area will quickly come on-line to contibute teams to all of the tournaments planned for both school boys and girls throughout 2014.
Friends of Rwandan Rugby staff have pledged to further develop their coaching skills at a 2 day workshop in Kigali. The event will involve classroom law discussions coupled with practical on-field sessions. The collaborative event will provide the RDO’s with an opportunity to share skills and develop a coherent nationwide strategy to up-skill a huge range of players.
ISETAR Celebrated winning the national schools trophy after beating ETM Mukingi 36-0 in final. Although the pitch was full of water from the heavy rain the game went well and ISETAR dominated the match in front of 400 spectators. The tournament was held at RUYENZI Ground. A great thanks must go to the Rwandan National team captain CAMBARA KOKO MARCEL and Rwandan National team player KAMALI VICENT who assisted in presenting the medals to the winning teams. Finally congratulations to all FORR RDO’s for organising and officiated the games throughout the entire series and on finals day.
Regional teams announced:
To all of those people who have donated money directly or through our awesome fundraising folks lately. This is what your money went towards:
WE TAKE CARE of the transport for all of the teams listed below to travel to Kigali so they can compete in the Rwandan schools’ national final. The players, teachers and coaches’ transport plus resources for the day of rugby all get taken care of by FoRR. You can see exactly where your money is in action and creating chances for these guys to play. We should also mention that we took care of the 7 regional tournaments in the lead up and selection series as well. More than 40 school teams got the chance to vie for the national title. Can’t wait to see who comes out on top of the whole competition….
Thank you so much!!
|1.Transport (ET MUKINGI-Ruhango)|
|2.Transport (ACEJ KARAMA- Muhanga)|
|3.Transport (E.S MULINDI-Gicumbi)|
|4. Transport (E.S APEMU RULI-Gakenke)|
|5.Transport (EAV KABUTARE-Huye)|
|6.Transport (Lycee APICUR-Musanze|
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FoRR has been lucky enough to be selected as one of three charities by the Accenture Operations Community in their annual OPSCAR vote. Last year Accenture employees helped the Operations Community raise almost £15k for very worthwhile causes. They actively seek to recognise outstanding charities that represent great causes and then seek to support them with a financial contribution. FoRR hopes to continue delivering practical assistance to the rural and youth communities in Rwanda and is delighted to have been recognised through this inspiring program.
On my 39th birthday my wife gave me a list of 40 things to do during the year before the dreaded 4 – 0! Number 27: Complete a physical challenge; Number 28: Go away for the weekend with the lads; Number 29: Raise some money for charity. The Three Peaks was the perfect challenge. I was brought up in Zambia where my father was a missionary and played rugby twice a week so FoRR was the perfect charity. I sent an email to FoRR then had a call from Deena, which was great, and made a pledge to raise funds to cover all activities for a 12 month period! I assembled 7 good friends and family to do the challenge with me plus a dedicated driver to ferry us between the peaks in a hired minibus.
We started at 5pm on a blustery Friday night in Fort William and finished in the sunshine at the foot of Snowdon at 4.10pm on Saturday afternoon. Exhausted but elated we had completed the challenge in the time. A real team effort from the moral of the group getting us through the dark times on ScarFel Pike at 3am in the fog to my wife who prepared all the food and drink for the 9 of us! A small army! Most importantly we could not have done it without our friends, family, colleagues, clients, contractors, suppliers etc who responded to our emails and sponsored us. Facebook and Twitter were invaluable tools for raising money.
When we started the walk at 5pm we had just over half of the funds collected but as soon as we all started posting photos on Facebook of blistered heals, toiling walkers with head torches and peak top group photos the sponsorship money started coming in again. We raised the final half in 24 hours!! We directed people to a website we had set up www.bb3pc.co.uk which gave the names of all the people on the walk, information on the aims of the charity and links to the sponsorship page. After visiting the website so many people said it was such a good charity to support and it was so nice to know the money given would go directly to helping the programme in Rwanda. It was a real privilege to be part of the group and it is an experience we will all remember. We hope the funds we have raised will help FoRR continue the excellent work.