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2015-09-24 06:00
Jongi Mei, Youth Manager Tag Rugby® Association, Dr Wilfred Lemke and his advisor Franz Fischer from the United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace were exctited to attend the sport development, in Nyanga, on Saturday.

Jongi Mei, Youth Manager Tag Rugby® Association, Dr Wilfred Lemke and his advisor Franz Fischer from the United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace were exctited to attend the sport development, in Nyanga, on Saturday.

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It was a beautiful day for children who attended the sports development which was graced by the presence of officials from the United Nation, at Lagunya Rugby Club in Nyanga, on Saturday..

Dr Wilfred Lemke and his advisor Franz Fischer from the United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace visited the area during an event organised by Tag Rugby Association.

Jongi Mei, Youth Manager Tag Rugby Association, said they have for the past two years been endorsed by the United Nations.

“This is the first time we have had the privilege of having Dr Lemke and his aide Fischer visit us. It was for us an exciting morning. The young children really enjoyed showing their talents to our very important overseas guests,” Mei said.

The programme the visitors saw in action was the Tag Rugby Association’s Adopt a School Programme. The Association employs six community coaches to work in primary schools in the Nyanga area. During the week the coaches coach at their schools and then on Saturday mornings the coaches (all players at the Lagunya Rugby Club) then coach Tag Rugby from 09h00 -11h00. All children from the community are welcome to attend.

Lemke had this to say when he addressed the children and their coaches: “I have known Jongi for four years, from when he came to Qatar on a 1st UN Youth Sports Leaders Conference. I want to support people from all over the world who serve in sport. I love the kind of sport that I have seen today. I am very proud of Jongi, the Tag Rugby Association and their community coaches. My wish is to see one of the young boys and girls that played Tag Rugby today on a United Nations Youth Leaders Conference in a few years.”

The Tag Rugby session was attended by 180 children, their teachers and some parents. Mei ended the session by going through the five Tag Rugby pillars (teamwork, ban the bully, tackle discrimination, be the difference, healthy mind healthy body) that the coaches deliver to the children before and after each coaching session as well as the United Nations millennium goals, much to Lemke’s delight.

“This is fantastic; we talk about the Millennium Goals at conferences all over the world. It is fantastic to see Jongi on the field telling the children about them, fantastic.” Lemke said. The Tag Rugby Association Adopt a School Programme allows companies to make a difference in children’s lives by Adopting a School that their employee’s children go to or a school that the Association along with the local Rugby Union selects

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