Thursday 5th June, 2014….KCB Bank has unveiled a 72 million shillings sponsorship package for the 2014 National 7’s Rugby Tournament in a show of continued support for sports development in Uganda.
The circuit scheduled to take place from June 14th to July 12th across the country will see twelve rugby clubs compete for the three million shillings cash prize.
Speaking while unveiling the sponsorship package , the Managing Director KCB Bank Uganda Joram Kiarie said that the bank’s sponsorship will help grow the rugby game in the country.
“Our sponsorship of the KCB National Sevens circuit is underpinned by the notion of building our teams from grassroots levels. This we believe can help the teams continue to grow in stature in the region and the world,”
The four circuit tournament will see Kyadondo Rugby club host the inaugural game followed by Makerere grounds, Mbale grounds and lastly the final leg being held at Legends Rugby club.
According to the chairman Rugby Union (URU) Andrew Owor, the sevens circuit is used to select the national team to represent Uganda in the entire international seven’s games.
Games will be scheduled as follows 14th June Kyadondo [Click to view fixtures] | 21st June Makerere university | 28th June Mbale | 5th May Legends
Games will be scheduled as follows14th June Kyadondo [Click to view fixtures] | 21st June Makerere university | 28th June Mbale | 5th May Legends
“This is the only sevens tournament that we have and I am glad for the KCB partnership,” says Owor. “The circuit builds the player base for the national sevens team as well as acting as a developmental pathway for the players as individuals.”
The sevens circuit brings together local rugby clubs and franchises. “It acts as a talent identification talent for the union and the coaches,” adds Owor.
The circuit’s format will remain the same to previous years however, the upcountry leg that was introduced last year in Mbarara will this time take place in Mbale.
“We have noticed an increased interest in rugby fans in Mbale and this year we have decided to take the game to them. We are targeting at growing the player base in that region too,” says Owor
As a way of involving the fans, KCB will carry out the “KCB Dash for Cash” proportion that will see fans get awarded with 1 million shillings during each game.
According to the chairman URU,the sevens circuit has been a quite tournament and the Union is putting the circuit in its strategic focus for the next five years.
The twelve participating teams include Protector Heathens, Kobs, Toyota Buffaloes, Pirates, Ezee Money Rhinos, Impis, Sadolin Mongers, Mbale Elephants, Lira Bulls, Rams, Sheraton Stallions and Jinja Hippos.
On top of the three million cash prize to the winners, the winning team will travel to Nairobi Kenya in July to take part in the Masaku tournament.