KAMPALA:- The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) today announced a Ushs 80 million sponsorship package for the 20th edition of the NSSF-KAVC International Volleyball tournament that serves off this weekend at Lugogo Indoor stadium, Namboole and Makerere University Business School grounds.
The tournament is organized by Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC), Uganda’s most successful volleyball club.
The sponsorship will go towards organisation of the annual volleyball regional showpiece, including tournament equipment, officials’ fees, trophies, publicity and prize money for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Unveiling the sponsorship at Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Kampala, NSSF Deputy Managing Director Geraldine Ssali lauded the milestones attained since the Fund started supporting volleyball 8 years ago, and reiterated NSSF’s commitment to the development of sports in general, and volleyball in particular.
”We have seen the game progress over the years which is commendable. Top level competitions such as the NSSF-KAVC International enhance the competitiveness of our teams through exposure to regional peers. We are pleased to partner with KAVC for the 9th year running to bring an exciting tournament to Kampala. This international competition gives us an opportunity to contribute to the development of volleyball and nurture youth talent,” Ssali said.
Of the Ushs 80 million, Ushs 60 million has been earmarked for organisation of the tournament, including prize money, while Ushs 20 million will go towards publicity.
“KAVC is a credible partner and we expect a well-organized tournament.
KAVC President Amon Ainebyoona said that the club and the volleyball fraternity are grateful to NSSF for its commitment to volleyball, which has contributed to improvement of the overall standard of competition.
“This tournament has provided the clubs in Uganda a platform to compete against regional top teams. It is no wonder that our performance on the continent continues to improve. The KAVC family is indebted to NSSF and we promise to organize a credible and competitive tournament,” he said.
8 foreign clubs from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania have confirmed participation, in addition to 17 local clubs.
Rwanda’s Inatek are Men’s defending champions while Kenya’s Aspire are Women defending champions. Both clubs will be in Kampala to defend their crowns.
The tournament will also feature the finals of the primary schools competition after preliminaries were concluded the previous week.
The tournament will be played at three venues including; Lugogo Indoor Stadium, Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.