Building Futures Through Rugby – Tag Rugby Trust South Sudan

Building Futures Through Rugby – Tag Rugby Trust South Sudan

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I’m Meen Moses, I’m the Chairman of Touch Rugby Trust. We started way back in February 2018 and here we are. There have been kids running up and down, having nothing to do, and this is one of the densely populated areas in Juba so we felt like we need to introduce the game in a new place. As you can look our country is now really
very fragile, affected by war, but we are trying to keep these kids busy, trying the
bring them into the community through sports. Yeah you can see how the kids are happy. They love the game. It’s a new game in the country and it really makes them excited. And everything has really changed, it has really changed their lives. Before, back in 2018 it was really
hard dealing with the young kids. But right now they’ve really, we have a
couple of coaches as you can see, the volunteer coaches, they really act as mentors to the young ones and their discipline level has really changed. There’s team work, there’s spirit of honesty, accountability, and that’s all the principles of tag rugby. Tag rugby really welcomes the people, the affected people into the community, especially the most vulnerable. Especially in the context of South Sudan,
the girls are really isolated, like in the community they’re not allowed to interact with boys and even do certain sports. But right now the girls feel like they are
able because they have the capability, there’s nothing the boys do that the girls cannot do, and this is part of our game, we don’t segregate. Some of our volunteer coaches were former child soldiers and even some of the kids were
really involved with street violence. They were acting as gangs. But right now they are really very calm, they are into the game and they have adopted the culture of tag rugby trust. I want to see kids play the game. This is
a beautiful sport. The art of taking back the ball behind only represents more of giving back to the community, that’s the energy we need to be giving back. We started with one ball, flowing, and we had of about ten kids. All these kids, they started getting engaged. One kid tells the other kid, goes to the next house, so the numbers kept on piling And currently as we speak now we have six clubs and we have over six hundred and fifty plus kids, different, all ages. That’s basically start from five to nineteen, everyone getting, you know get into the rugby culture. Yeah, but right now we’re reaching this phase where our own resources can no longer push us to the goal we want to see. The goal we want to see is to expand the game to the whole country, we want to see everyone, everywhere, every corner at most. I think this is where we really need the support of the whole community, we really need to come together and look in to this initiative. It can take us forward. You know sports is a binding unity thing.
If it worked in South Africa back in 1995, What about here.
A lot of things can change. Thank you guys for watching this video.
Your support is really needed for the growth of kids rugby and rugby particular in South Sudan. Yeah, please like and share this video with
your loved ones, friends and family. Please make South Sudan rugby famous for the kids. Thank you.

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