Pride eyes: Arusha, Tanzania
- Words: Becca Wye
- Images: Matea Ilieva
- Edited by: Michael Hendricks
Arriving in Northern Tanzania, the Pride once again rolled through the gates of a Braeburn School, this time in Arusha. As we stepped off ‘Nala’, we took in the picturesque landscape that would surround our home for the next week and a half; as we were to stay in a quaint bungalow overlooking distant mountains.
After a quiet night to recover from the long journey from Jinja, six of our eight Pride members packed their rucksacks and embarked on their own adventure to Ngorongoro Crater. Olivia and I spent our morning basking in the sun and reading before Damian and Sofia returned from the airport with the newest additions to our group: Hal, Lloyd and James.
Within a few hours of their arrival, we were already at TGT’s grounds, playing touch rugby with the locals as a stunning sunset unfolded in front of us.
The following day, the rest of the Pride returned from their crater visit. Before we knew it, we were back in Nala doing orientations around the seven schools we’d be working with throughout the week. Over the next six days we worked alongside Juma – from the Arusha Rugby Development Programme – and an eager-to-learn group of his best players, all keen to work with our coaches and follow in their footsteps.
“If you’re inspired, that’s the way you go forward. This is my life. I’m really happy to go with rugby and change my country.”
Juma Kittyler, Arusha Rugby Development Programme
Personally, I was amazed by the reception Hal and I received at our school. As soon as our feet touched the ground, we were surrounded by children chanting, “Rugby!” and, the moment they got their hands on a ball, they organized themselves into passing circles and got straight into it. It was awesome to see living proof of the Pride’s legacy in those excited faces and we worked hard to reach that standard ourselves through the week.
“Bhubesi Pride Foundation does a great job teaching students to do their best whilst enjoying themselves and respecting each other.”
Yassein, Buddy coach from Burka School
On Monday, we carried out a coach education session for our partners, G4S Tanzania (Arusha office). Having had a very enthusiastic participation last year, we aimed to strengthen their understanding of the game and equip them with the skills necessary to carry out a coaching session. We used practical demonstrations to teach the rules of touch rugby and added a game of rugby netball to enable the coaches to practice giving feedback and adapting the rules of a drill to address specific issues.
This was backed-up with a leadership workshop led by Patrick and Olivia with G4S Tanzania employees based at the Arusha office.
On top of our daily sessions, we also visited Orkeeswa, a Maasai school located in Arusha’s hilltops. It was exciting going to a completely new environment with children of a different ability level than those we regularly coach. Our aim was to bring a new perspective on coaching the school, to work the children and have a really enjoyable session.
We also coached children from Braeburn [Arusha] School itself, delivering some high-paced sessions full of activities to keep their focus.
Once again, we enjoyed strong collaboration with G4S Tanzania during our time in Arusha. The dedicated employees helped not only with food and water for the children, but also by offering valuable coaching assistance – great for their development as professionals, too.
ARUSHA COACHING PROGRAM IN NUMBERS
- Number of participating schools/communities: 7 (Makumbusho, Meru, Arusha, Levolosi, Burka, Magereza, Kambi Ya Masiwa primary schools)
- Number of children coached: 290
- Boy / girl ratio: 56 / 44
- Percentage of children participating in 3 or more sessions: 96%
- Number of participating local coaches: 18
- Number of participating local coaches awarded a BPF coach certificate: 15
This strong working relationship culminated in a fantastic tournament day, where G4S Tanzania again supplied food, refreshments, as well as entertainment, prizes and even staff who were able to referee matches. All in all, we felt we contributed to raising the bar for rugby in Arusha, and it’s a great feeling knowing we too have been able to leave behind a positive legacy for Bhubesi Pride Foundation and its future Pride members to build on going forward.
“This is a fantastic initiative for our employees, as they volunteer their time and get into a culture of giving back to their community and educating children about health and safety.”
Imelda Lutebinga, Head of HR, G4S Tanzania
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