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Friends of Rwandan Rugby - Q&A

Updated: Jan 25

I‘m very happy to start working with Friends of Rwandan Rugby , a UK-based charity that supports the development of rugby in Rwanda. Rugby is a sport with a clear and strong base of values: Integrity, Passion, Respect, Solidarity and Discipline. Rugby is character-building and teaches these values on and off the field. This is why I want to introduce as many young boys and girls as possible to the game. It’s a way to promote health education and an active lifestyle in Rwanda. I plan to attend a coaching trip in May 2020 to do hands-on coaching for the national team called "Silverbacks" and educating teachers in Rwanda. Q&A 1. What are Friends of Rwandan Rugby doing? They are a small, innovative, UK-based charity that teaches the joys of rugby to boys and girls throughout Rwanda promoting reconciliation, health and well-being through sport, using rugby to help build trust, friendships and foster shared experiences on the rugby field and have fun. 2. Why Rwanda? For all the gruesome statistics from Rwanda´s genocide - and there are many - perhaps the most sobering is that 96% of the children at the time are thought to have witnessed the bloodshed first hand. Now those children are helping to build a new Rwanda. Sport can play a big role in healing the personal and societal wounds left by social conflict. 3. Why do I support this project? "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination." - Nelson Mandela


4. How will I support Friends of Rwandan Rugby? I will join a 10 days coaching trip to Rwanda in May 2020 and do hands-on coaching in schools and provide S&C programs to the Silverbacks. Our team of coaches will introduce kids to the game and develop the sport at grass-root level. We will promote health education and support local teachers.


5. How can you support the charity? I set up a fundraiser and you can donate.

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