Coach rugby and experience Africa on our unique overland expedition. Volunteer and stay at our Malawi community centre, individually or arrange a group visit
Since 2011, we’ve been uniting and empowering communities in Africa and inspiring international participation to enable change.How to join our journey
In collaboration with African community stakeholders and by involving dedicated volunteer rugby coaches and passionate supporters, our goals are to:
Alongside in-country partners – and with the help of an international network of volunteers, donors and commercial partners – we initiate sustainable legacy projects.
Schools & communities*
Local coaches empowered*
Legacy projects †
*2018 stats / † initiated from inception
In the heart of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, people live in extreme poverty, in slums such as Kibera and Mathare. In collaboration with local partners, including Shamas Rugby Foundation, we aim to give children a chance to play rugby, compete, develop life skills and, perhaps one day, represent one of Kenya’s top teams.
We’ve operated in Jinja since 2011, running coaching programs and tournament days with children from four local primary schools and an orphanage called SPEC Foundation. We work with players and coaches from Ugandan club sides and the Lady Cranes women’s national team. Alongside the Ugandan Rugby Union, we have plans to develop existing programs.
We’ve supported school communities through rugby in Arusha and Dar es Salaam and we’ve helped to develop confidence in vulnerable children living on the streets of Moshi. We’re now focusing our efforts on assisting Tanzania Rugby Development in Arusha and Moshi, providing grant funding and strategic guidance to sustain and grow initiatives here.
Malawian, Wordsworth Rashid, contacted us in 2011 with the hope of connecting schools to the charity. Today, Wordsworth is a full-time development officer for Bhubesi Pride Foundation, leading a year-round schools rugby and life skills program. We’re constructing a sports and education community centre on a 7-acre site, 25 km from town.
Bhubesi Pride Foundation has worked with primary and secondary schools in Choma and Kabwe. Having developed a progressive relationship with Kabwe’s Die Hard Rugby – an organisation endorsed by the Zambia Rugby Union – we’re continuing to support this passionate rugby community through youth rugby programs, men’s and women’s club coaching and coach education.
Botswana’s national rugby landscape has enabled Bhubesi Pride Foundation to work closely with the Botswana Rugby Union over the years to run programs in three locations, including Gaborone, Selebi-Phikwe and Maun. Collaborating with club sides, such as the Gaborone Hogs and Maun Puppies, ensures players and local coaches benefit from varied participation.
Since 2015, we’ve initiated coaching programs and tournaments with children and teachers in schools in Maputo. As we continue to educate and inspire passionate local coaches here, in partnership with the Mozambique Rugby Federation, we’re seeing transformational development. Together, we’re now exploring new locations to assist the growth of the game.
Rich in rugby heritage, South Africa has a huge opportunity to use the sport as a powerful tool for social upliftment in its most deprived locations and nurture talent through its expansive development setup. Working with township communities in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, we continue to unlock talent and change lives through sport and education.
Learn about the children and all those playing their part in the Pride: Local coaches, volunteers, donors and charity partners. Could it be you?
“The programs BPF initiates teaches rugby skills, life skills, discipline and integrity. The impact and legacy are that even when the BPF team has left the children and teachers continue using lessons learned.”
Imelda – TanzaniaRead On
“BPF has really opened my understanding of how small the world has become. I have come to realise that in spite of our diverse backgrounds, the oval shaped ball has a way of breaking down all barriers.”
Tom ChalobaRead On
“My experience was a huge eye opener. We travelled extensively and I developed a number of coaching and teaching skills. Today, these all help me in my capacity as a teacher.”
Ben IllingworthRead On
“In Malawi, working with children with disabilities and making them believe in themselves and allowing them to freely express themselves without holding back was a highlight for me.”
Derek ChiwaraRead On
“I have become a more open-minded coach. I have improved my coaching skills, time management and succeeding under pressure”.
Linet WahomeRead On
You have three incredibly exciting ways to help make an impact with Bhubesi Pride Foundation. Choose how you’d like to join our journey.