The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has Tuesday announced a Shs 180million sponsorship package to the 2019 NSSF Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) international tournament scheduled for 2nd to 4th August 2019 at Lugogo Indoor Arena and the Hockey grounds.
This year’s sponsorship is slightly higher than Shs130m that the Fund contributed last year.
There is also an increase in the cash prize for both women and men categories to USD 2,500 for the overall winners, USD 1,500 for 1st runners up and USD 1000 for the Second runners up, an increase from USD 1,000, USD 500 and USD 200 awarded respectively in the last tournament.
Speaking at an event held to announce the sponsorship, the NSSF Deputy Managing Director, Patrick Ayota said the increase in prize money is intended to motivate and boost competition among the participating teams
“As the tournament grows locally and regionally, it is important that the sponsorship matches. It is important that we motivate the Ugandan and other regional teams and reward the hard work that goes into preparing for s tournament of these magnitude” he said.
And added; ” We are glad to play our part, along with other partners I’m sports to nurture and grow local talent by exposing our Ugandan teams to the highest level of competition in the region.”
Speaking at the same event, the president KAVC, Milly Kure appreciated NSSF for continuously supporting the team for 11 years adding that the money will go a long way in making the tournament a success.
“The tournament provides a strong platform for individual players to showcase their talent and gain exposure to join international professional clubs. This fund will be used to boost preparations and the tournament its self” she said
Some of the international players that have been part of the tournament in the past include Ronald Kitusi and Emma Kato playing for Kirehe clubs in Rwanda, Sharon Amito playing for UTB Rwanda, Daudi Okello in Turkey and Cuthbert Malinga playing for Union-Ivkoni in Bulgaria.
“This has reinstated hope in the younger players and rekindled the essence of volleyball in Uganda. The cash support will go towards hiring competition venues, purchases of competition and technical equipment, cash prizes, accolades for outstanding players, teams working lunches, referees and officiating expenses and a publicity drive. We thank NSSF for the support” she said
The 2019 NSSF KAVC international has attracted about 40 teams from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania.
Last year, the Ugandan teams put up spirited performances with Uganda’s KAVC and Ndejje University for Men and Women emerging winners