The Harlequins Foundation and the Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) launched their international partnership to support the delivery of the Female Inspiration Through Rugby programme (FITR). The TRT in Zimbabwe provides positive personal, social and developmental opportunities to young women and girls aged 13-18. The Harlequins Foundation are delivering the same aims to girls in three of our local schools; Waldegrave, Hampton High and Twickenham School.
This partnership will see a skills transfer and a trip for the Harlequins Foundation schools to visit Harare and coach, mentor and implement a social action project in the communities that the TRT work in, alongside the Zimbabwean girls.
Harlequins Foundation Programme Manager Paul Wilson spent four days visiting TRT in Harare and saw the impact not only FITR has been having, but also how TRT use tag rugby to ENGAGE, EDUCATE and IMPACT the lives of young boys and girls. So far, the TRT has engaged 10,500 people throughout Zimbabwe and has developed a volunteer base that is 1,500 strong. Paul Wilson commented ‘to see the network and the work already undertaken by the TRT is hugely impressive. It is great to be able to align our mission to empower women and girls through rugby and to be able to combine the work of both the Harlequins Foundation and TRT to make a lasting impact for women and girls in the UK and Zimbabwe’.