It is all happening in the North.
It is all happening in the North.

Yes, we have had Rugby clinics and life skills education sessions and we will write about it too but today I would like to take a couple of steps ahead and write about the school 7s tournament that was held in Lira (Northern Uganda) on 29 July 2017.
In case you are wondering why all this is happening in the North, as much as we do have teams in other districts of Uganda the North has proved to be a pace setter in rolling out the Rugby clinics and life skills education sessions. The other regions/districts are on board and will roll out these activities in the next quarter of the year.

Major learning – team work

We are also learning that having coaches working together across the districts is key as they support each other in „pulling off“ some activities. This tournament was initiated by Willy Okello, who is a member of the Lira Bulls Rugby Club. Willy is both a rugby coach and a rugby referee and his passion lies in developing school rugby, particularly girls‘ rugby, in Lira.  Rohwan Lovington Opoka, the chairperson of the Kitgum School’s Rugby Association, supported Willy, and also coordinated with RTL prior to and during the tournament to ensure that everything went smoothly.  Rohwan’s experience in organising tournaments came in handy and was much appreciated.
For tournaments to occur resources are needed, not just financial but human resources. For this tournament a number of coaches in northern Uganda contributed their time to work with the girls‘ and boys‘ teams. Schools offered support in bringing the teams to Lango College in Lira – and this commitment is what we need to grow – while RTL provided a tournament official (Peace Wokorach), a tournament referee (Bashir Bakel), trophies that were awarded to the girls‘ and boys‘ tournament winners as well as other resources mobilised to ensure that the tournament was a success.
Life skills education sessions were integrated in this tournament as RTL coaches, Peace and Bashir, who were trained in life skills education travelled to Lira and held a session prior to the tournament. We care about the young players health and empowerment and that is why every opportunity we get or create we ensure that we maximise this intergration.
Every tournament especially at this stage of implementing and starting up provides a learning curve and feedback is key. The organising team that was in Lira reflected after the tournament and shared with us what went well and areas for improvement and RTL together with several individuals intends to utllise this feedback to improve the way we work.

It is all happening no matter where we are.

So, while I am sitting here in Germany writing about the tournament, receiving photos and updates all day long and feedback, I realise how much we are growing and that may be in small steps but it is progress. The fact that we are not just growing the number of players but also of supporters, proves to me how much on the right track we are.

Results
2017 Great North RTL girls‘ school 7s tournament result updates

Pool A
St Katherine’s Secondary School Saints, Lira
Aduku Secondary School, Apac
Reverend Jabuloni Issoke Memorial College, Kitgum

Pool B
Kitgum Comprehensive College, Kitgum
Destiny Secondary School, Apac
Bright Light Secondary School, Lira
St Katherine’s Secondary School Snipers, Lira

Game 1: St Katherine’s Secondary School Saints, Lira 17 – 00 Aduku Secondary School, Apac
Game 2: Kitgum Comprehensive College, Kitgum 24 – 00 Destiny Secondary School, Apac
Game 3: Aduku Secondary School, Apac 00 – 29 Reverend Jabuloni Issoke Memorial College, Kitgum
Game 4: Bright Light Secondary School, Lira 00 – 05 St Katherine’s Secondary School Snipers, Lira
Game 5: Reverend Jabuloni Issoke Memorial College, Kitgum 07 – 00 St Katherine’s Secondary School Saints, Lira
Game 6: Destiny Secondary School, Apac 00 – 20 Bright Light Secondary School, Lira
Game 7: St Katherine’s Secondary School Snipers, Lira 25 – 00 Destiny Secondary School, Apac
Game 8: Bright Light Secondary School, Lira 00 – 27 Kitgum Comprehensive College, Kitgum
Game 9: Kitgum Comprehensive College, Kitgum 17 – 05 St Katherine’s Secondary School Snipers, Lira

Knockout stages
Semi final 1: Reverend Jabuloni Issoke Memorial College, Kitgum 31 – 05 St Katherine’s Secondary School Snipers, Lira
Semi final 2: Kitgum Comprehensive College, Kitgum 10 – 05 St Katherine’s Secondary School Saints, Lira

Final
Reverend Jabuloni Issoke Memorial College, Kitgum 00 – 05 Kitgum Comprehensive College, Kitgum
Kitgum Comprehensive College are the 2017 Great North RTL girls‘ school 7s champions. Congratulations Kitgum Comprehensive College and well done to all the participating teams.
Anne
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