Rhinos Athletics Club Hubs receive donation of sports equipment from UK

At least seven hubs affiliated with Rhinos Athletics Club Uganda have received a timely boost in sports equipment from different sports clubs across the UK.

Donors are Southampton Football Club, Bath and North East Somerset RTC Academy and Salisbury Rugby Football Club.

The seven beneficiaries include; Motion Youth (Kampala), Adjumani, Iganga, Kumi, Mbale, Golden Impact (Mukono) and Gulu.

The total donations are 158 rugby balls, 224 training cones, 220 jerseys, 220 shorts, 40 football boots and 44 pairs of socks.

Ali Mavita (middle) excited after receiving donated items for Adjumani [Credit: David Isabirye]

These were officially handed over to representatives of the various Kyadondo Rugby Club hubs in Kampala.

The Rhinos Athletics Club duo of Hudson Kirabo (Operations Department) and Allan Ngeye (Acting Chief Operating Officer) were joined by legendary rugby coach Yayiro Kasasa to hand over the donations.

Kasasa cautioned on the proper use of donated equipment.

“Let’s demonstrate good accountability for donated sports equipment. The end users (young boys and girls) should benefit and make the best use of this sports equipment,” Kasasa launched.

Representatives from Rhinos Athletics Club hubs display donated items at Kyadondo Rugby Ground, Kampala. (David Isabirye)

Adjumani Hub asked team leader Ali Mavita to receive their package (20 balls, 25 practice cones, 30 shirts and 30 shirts).

“We are humbled by this donation of sports equipment which will help us develop sports in the West Nile region, with a focus on refugee communities as well. Apart from basketball, we are also looking at football, rugby and netball among other games to consider,” Mavita revealed.

Golden Impact (Mukono) was represented by general manager Samuel Odongo and one of the players, Cynthia Morgan.

Samuel Odongo and Cynthia Morgan received the articles on behalf of Golden Impact Mukono (Credit: David Isabirye)

“This kit will definitely give us an extra boost in the future. Golden Impact has football for both genders and we are launching rugby as well as other sports,” Odongo noted.

Agatha Nyesiga, the executive director of Motion Youth (Kampala) was present accompanied by a coach, Lawrence Lucio Wanyama.

“It is a complete blessing for us. The equipment will play a big role in developing the sport in the Motion Youth Hub,” remarked Nyesiga.

Agatha Nyesiga, Executive Director Motion Youth Hub (second from right) receives donated items [Credit: David Isabirye]
LR: Cissy Akello of L-Gulu Hub flanked by Allan Ngeye and Hudson Kirabo (Credit: David Isabirye)

Michael Eswapu, a Kumi Hub coordinator was also present at Kyadondo, as was Cissy Akello from Gulu Hub.

These donations target rural areas of Uganda through Rhino Athletics Sports Club hubs in the country, using sport as a tool to engage communities. We will also focus on training community coaches. We would like to thank all the clubs who donated this material and the different people who mobilized to have the material delivered.

Allan Ngeye, Acting Chief Operating Officer – Rhinos Athletics Club

Cissy Akello of Gulu Hub holds some of the donated football boots. (David Isabirye)
Michael Eswapu of Kumi Hub receives the articles donated by Yayiro Kasasa as Hudson Kirabo looks on. (David Isabirye)

Appreciation:

The various evenings were all warmly appreciated.

These range from donors, Rhinos Athletics Sports Hub, Soccer net United Kingdom, Sports Uganda UK, Andrew Byekwaso, Regional Express, Emirates Airlines, African Scorpion, Jinja Hippos, Karibu International School – Iganga and Henry Musisi (Managing Director, African Products ) .

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