Action between Buziga Islamic and Welden school in Volleyball at Kakyeeka Stadium Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

A total of  99 teams (67 schools, 22 clubs and 10 corporate teams) have already confirmed to take part in the 2018 Kabaka Volleyball festival this coming weekend.

[/media-credit] Kinawa High Mugongo’s player with a block. It is one of the secondary schools confirmed at the 2018 Kabaka Birthday Volleyball festival Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The schools involved shall include 16 primary and 51 secondary institutions.

Unlike last year when the volleyball festival was held at old Kampala S.S, this year round, the competitions will be hosted at the KCCA grounds in Lugogo, Kampala as part of the partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Eddie Okila chairperson of the Kabaka Volleyball Festival Credit: Courtesy Photo

According to Hassan Ssekajolo, Volleyball, just like year is part of the rich sports menu on the Kabaka Mutebi birthday celebrations that also has the Airtel Kabaka Birthday run, badminton and cycling.

Buganda Kingdom sports minister, Owek. Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu was overwhelmed for the development;

Sports are an integral part of the Kabaka’s birthday celebrations. Our 2018 programme has new partners as well.  As part of its sponsorship to the event, KCCA has allowed us to utilize its grounds next to UMA show grounds for the three days of the competition. This is the second year running and KCCA has continued to support the Buganda Kingdom. I would like to thank KCCA for the great partnership with the Kingdom of Buganda. We also expect 10 corporate teams to join us. It is going to be a busy weekend of volleyball. I urge all people known and unknown to volleyball to turn up at the KCCA Lugogo grounds to encourage the athletes as they compete.

This year, the organizing committee has attracted partners from the corporate world to support the 2018 celebration.

I would like to welcome and heartily thank UMC Victoria Hospitals, KCCA, MIXAKIDS and other individuals who have contributed to the total sponsorship Value of 40 million Uganda shillings.

As the norm is, the Kabaka birthday volleyball festival is a cash prize event and the winners will walk away with 500,000 each in addition to other awards.

Meanwhile, MixaKids will be sponsoring the primary schools category that was won by Sunrise primary school Matuga and Samaritan primary school Namugongo last year.

The MixaKids programme manager Joshua  “Uncle Mixa” Kibedi remarked;

We are partnering with Kabaka Birthday Volleyball Festival for the second year running because we know the Kabaka loves children. That is why we have put in 8 million Uganda shillings this year. We want to reach out to kids to document their own stories for publishing on our digital platform.

The other partner on board is Victoria Medical who injected in Shs. 21,500,00 towards the festival in line with the theme of the day,  “Sickle Cell Awareness”.

According to Dr. Shah Anurag, the medical facility will provide a stand by ambulance with medical aid (first aid), medical shelter and paramedics, digital awareness campaign as well as a a full month sickle cell clinic.

The Katikiro of Buganda, Owek. Henry Peter Mayiga will officiate at the closing ceremony of the three day’s championship.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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