Greetings from Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa and the sixth country where Bhubesi Pride continues to unite, empower and inspire schools and communities through the game of rugby and its terrific values.
OFFICIAL PROJECT VIDEO: PART TWO
Having completed project work in Uganda, Rwanda and northern Tanzania [Arusha], Bhubesi Pride can now update you in-video, with the launch of our latest – and possibly best ever – feature from Rugby in Africa 2013.
Since our last e-newsletter, the team has progressed into three more countries, with Rwanda next on our agenda. Rolling into the beautiful Rulindo district in the north, rain might have hampered play… not so if you have the eagerness of Bhubesi Pride’s coaches, supporting Federation staff and willing pupils and teachers. Our latest video update shows the team making their daily commute by climbing Rulindo’s hills on motorbikes, gear and all, and concluding the week with a superb tournament day, led by Ben, and demonstrating just how achievable it is for communities to sustain sports programmes and keep local competitions going.
NORTHERN TANZANIA (ARUSHA AND MOSHI)
We love returning to Arusha. One of our partner schools here – Arusha School – has an international link with British school, North Chadderton, which we continue to support. The Manchester-based school is aiming for a group of students to visit Arusha, developing their partnership, in 2015. Such relationship building is more than possible with staff like Head Teacher, Mrs Angelina Kitigwa, corporate support from the regional G4S office and rugby contributions via Development Officer, Juma Kittyler, not to mention the wider [rugby]community here.
Adding a new partner school in Arusha this year meant that Meru Primary was able to take part in their first ever touch rugby tournament day.
Find out more on our extensive Arusha blog
Making the short drive east to Moshi offered a different challenge for Bhubesi Pride’s coaches: A chance to work with partner NGO, Mkombozi Agency and the street involved children they care for in the Kilimanjaro region. Based at International School Moshi for training, the youngsters were introduced to contact rugby and fun games, inspiring the partnership between the two organisations to grow and improve into the future.
DAR ES SALAAM
A key component of Bhubesi Pride’s strategy is to empower local staff on the ground. Usually these are school teachers and assistant coaches from the surrounding rugby communities. In Dar es Salaam, however, this objective was taken to the next level: Every Bhubesi Pride team member had a ‘buddy coach’, be it a class teacher from partner primary schools, Mapambano and Shekilango, Head Teacher,Mrs Idda Uisso was fully involved and, thanks to the terrific efforts of G4S Tanzania, we worked with three local G4S employees who volunteered their time to learn how to play and teach rugby.
After one of our most successful rugby weeks in Africa, assisted expertly by G4S Tanzania staff, we concluded our activities, first with a two-school mixed touch rugby tournament on the Friday at Mapambano and Shekilango, followed by a community event at the International School of Tanganyika the next day.
Thanks to SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, and the generosity of the Dar Leopards Rugby Club, Bhubesi Pride was able to facilitate a visit for SA Rugby Legends Association to join us on the day, with former Bok coach, Ian McIntosh, and ex-Springbok, Dale Santon, assisting Bhubesi Pride’s team with a coaching clinic and youth touch rugby competition. All pupils were awarded certificates and, the schools, trophies.
READ ALL ABOUT IT… AND WATCH BHUBESI PRIDE ON TV & ONLINE!
A reminder that, thanks to our massive media and press partnerships this year, you can keep up to date with project work in a range of ways…
- SA Rugby Magazine – monthly features; latest copy available now
- Rugbydump – online media partner, showcasing our official videos
- SuperSport – monthly inserts on ‘Boots & All’ – Part Two coming soon!
- SA Rugby Legends TV – updates on our partner’s TV show; our second segment from Dar is currently being broadcast
For further information regarding any element of Bhubesi Pride’s work, get in touch to discover more.
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