Council of Europe to organise ‘Sport instead of drugs’ tag rugby tournament
The Council of Europe Programme on Confidence Building Measures Across the River Nistru/Dniestr is organising a Tag Rugby Tournament during 8-9 October 2011 in Chisinau and Tiraspol.
The main goal of the Tag Rugby Tournament, which will be held during the Rugby World Cup, is to improve the life skills of the participants (resist group/peer pressure, etc.) and raise public awareness of the danger of drugs and other substances. Additionally, the tournament aims at building confidence between the populations on both sides of the river and engaging disadvantaged young people in sport.
28 teams, participating in the tournament and representing various regions from both sides of the river Nistru/Dniestr, will consist of boys and girls, born in 1996.
The participating teams, 14 from each bank, are from schools and NGOs, which work with children at risk, street and abandoned children, as well as with children with disabilities.
The tournament will be linked to a seminar, organised by the Council of Europe anti-drug agency, Pompidou Group, targeting NGO leaders, coaches and teachers with regard to the prevention of young people from abusing drugs.
The Rugby Federation is actively involved in the organisation of the tournament, in particular in terms of coaching, and will be working with two rugby coaches and experts from the United Kingdom: Robert Masters and Adrian Masters from the English Rugby Football Union.
The “Sport Instead of Drugs” Tournament is one of a number of the Council of Europe “Confidence Building Measures” across the river Nistru/Dniestr.
Tag rugby is a non-contact type of rugby designed specifically for children and teenagers.
Contact Person: Julia Cozacenco + 373 22 888 904
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