As part of the ongoing Airtel Rising Stars tournament, Airtel Uganda has today handed over sports kits to five schools across Kampala district in a bid to promote grassroots talent for boys and girls under the age of 17 years.
The kits that include footballs, goal posts, nets and jerseys were handed over to St Julian High School, St Andrew Kagawa Gombe School, Lubiri High School, Emmanuel College Kazo and St Mary’s Academy Nabweru.
The Airtel Rising Stars tournament is an annual, multi-country grassroots soccer program encouraging and nurturing the youths’ football skills and providing them with the opportunity to evolve and acquire new football techniques that will turn them into distinguished soccer talents, the tournament has yielded positive results.
According to Airtel Uganda’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Mrs. Charity B. Rwabutomize who handed over the sports kits to the schools, “We will be moving to different selected schools across the country where the Regional games are being played in this year’s edition of Airtel Rising Stars and in each of these we will be handing over two Goal posts, two nets, and five balls to each school to enable the school teams practice regularly at their respective football pitches as they prepare for next year’s tournament.
This initiative is mainly focused on the continual development of the young people’s football talents through their schools. As Airtel Uganda, we are committed to encouraging talent development and we are looking forward to continuing this initiative countrywide,” she noted.
Mr Opata Nicholas, the deputy headmaster St. Julian High thanked the team from Airtel for identifying his school as beneficiaries for the soccer kits and promised to keep on grooming the talents of the kids in the school.
“We would like to appreciate Airtel for the football resources they have donated to us. We also thank you for identifying youngsters through their Airtel Rising Stars football tournament, we promise to put to good use the goal poles to construct another playground for the girls,” he noted.
Kiguba Paul, the headmaster Emmanuel College Kazo also appreciated the company for supporting football in the country. “We appreciate Airtel for sponsoring the game of football in the country. We thank them for the goal posts, nets and balls. We believe this will help improve our school team performances.”