For the first time in the summer of 2015 a group of 6 rugby players from the University of the West of England 1st Team travelled to the Madadeni Township.
Rugby is a powerful sport for developing important life skills such as determination, team work and communication. After the huge success of Project Zulu’s Tag Rugby Tournament in February 2015, during which the children played rugby for the very first time, we wanted to build on the excitement that had grown around the game in Madadeni.
In August 2015 and again in 2016 university players volunteered their time coaching tag rugby and teaching PE lessons in the township, living with local teachers while also training and playing with the Mighty Buffaloes, Madadeni's own rugby team..
Over the course of their stay the players were able to visit all 6 of the Project Zulu partner schools in Madadeni and give every pupil the opportunity to take part in tag rugby, learning key sport and life skills through sport. Working alongside coaches from the Mighty Buffaloes the our coaches were able to share their knowledge and passion for the game and ended their experience with a tag rugby tournament involving all Project Zulu schools.
The Township Rugby programme is definitely here to stay!