Since the charity’s launch in 2002, the Tag Rugby Trust has grown to work and organise tours in the UK and eight developing countries including Zambia, Uganda and Romania.
The Tag Rugby Trust introduces boys and girls to Tag Rugby, involving young leaders and teachers in the process; creating a sustainable rugby community. The overall aim is to facilitate mass participation of Rugby and become self-sustaining over time. The project subsequently gives a platform for community project work and helps to build skills for people involved for their personal development.
Try Tag Rugby will be looking to help raise funds for the Tag Rugby Trust in 2015 by working closely together, so they can reach their objectives. The Tag Rugby Trust will also be the official charity partner of the Try Tag Rugby 2015 Corporate Challenge.
Try Tag Rugby is a strong supporter of charities and in 2014 donated over £3,000 in resource, time and funds to the Nathan Cubitt Trust. Nathan Cubitt broke his neck playing for Keighley RFC U17s in 2011. The Nathan Cubitt Trust was created to help enable Nathan and his family to enjoy a measure of financial support with which they can handle the many additional expenses which stem from his condition. In 2014, Try Tag Rugby provided all competition administration, staff, and five match officials to successfully run the 2014 Nathan Cubitt Tag Rugby Festival which was a huge success with a record 21 teams taking part. All entry fees and money generated from the tournament was donated and split between the Nathan Cubitt Trust and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
The highly popular Try Tag Rugby Corporate Challenge returns on Friday, 7th August 2015. This tournament is specifically designed for work teams for networking and team building purposes. The Tag Rugby Trust will be the official charity partner of this event and this tournament gives the opportunity to raise much needed funds for this remarkable charity that does such inspiring work.
This tournament will take place at East London RFC located just a few minutes’ walk from West Ham station on the Jubilee line. Easily accessible from Canary Wharf and the City, the 2015 Try Tag Rugby Corporate Challenge is expected to feature approximately 20 teams. In past Corporate Challenge tournaments, companies such as Google, Yahoo! & Robert Walters have taken part.
Which big name companies will be involved in the 2015 Try Tag Rugby Corporate Challenge? (Neal Houghton)
Games are played in the seven a side format (competitive and social standards) featuring four males and three females. All information and registration regarding the 2015 Try Tag Rugby Corporate Challenge will be available by the end of February. If you would like to join the Corporate Challenge mailing list to keep up to date with all the information as it comes to hand, please email [email protected]
Trevor Martingell from the Tag Rugby Trust had this to say about this exciting new partnership: “There is definitely great synergy between both organisations and we are looking forward to working with Try Tag Rugby this year.”
Garnet Mackinder from Try Tag Rugby commented, “We are delighted to be able to support the Tag Rugby Trust so they can continue all the great work they do. A close friend, Samara Lawrence went to Uganda with the Tag Rugby Trust and said it was a life changing experience that had a positive impact on so many lives. We hope this is the start of a brilliant partnership!”
Try Tag Rugby Valentine’s
In other news, if you’re single and you have no plans for Valentine’s Day, sign up to the Try Tag Rugby Valentine’s Day Challenge taking place at Coram’s Fields in Russell Square on Saturday, 14th February. Due to popular demand, Try Tag Rugby will be running a morning session (11am – 1pm) and an afternoon session (1pm – 4pm). The afternoon session has sold out but there is still limited availability in the morning session. Singles, what are you waiting for?
Try Tag Rugby doesn’t profess to be matchmakers but they do give you a chance to meet lots of people in a natural no pressure environment whilst having lots of fun!
Elle, who met her partner Dane at a Tag Rugby league, said: “Playing Tag helps you to break the ice as there’s already a common interest and this means the hard part is done. Tag has given me the chance to meet so many amazing people. Joining Tag made my two years in London the best years of my life – I made some incredible new friends and I even bagged myself a hunky man!”
For more details and how to register for the Try Tag Rugby Valentine’s Day Challenge, click here.
Spring leagues kicking off
Lastly, Try Tag Rugby’s spring leagues commence all across the capital in just two weeks’ time (23rd February onward).
Spring league registration is open for teams, part teams and individuals looking to be placed in a team. New players are welcome. All spring league details and how to register can be found here.
If you’re an Aussie or Kiwi new to London, if you get involved you will make a heap of new friends, keep fit and have fun! We hope to welcome you to a Tag Rugby pitch soon.