Winning teachers pose with Coca-Cola Country Manager Arthur Akankwasa
  • This campaign was named ‘Coca-Cola Recycle and Win’ is in line with Coca-Cola’s commitment to a World Without Waste.

Following the successful conclusion of the 2019 Copa football grassroots football tournament, Coke awarded the schools and students that collected the most plastic as part of the Copa Coca-Cola recycle and win competition.

1,463 schools participated in the tournament competing for a chance to get their school pitches refurbished as well as other exciting prizes such as goal posts and nets, brand new 32-inch TV sets and mobile phones.

The prizes also include cash sums for the total kilograms collected and scholarships for participating students.

Kanyabwanga Secondary School emerged Southern region and overall victor having collected 9,100 kilograms of plastic.

From the East, Kitimbwa Bright Future S.S in Kayunga prevailed with 4,500kg while Buddo S.S was the best in Central region with 2,500kg of plastic collected.

Teso Integrated S.S collected 1,630 kilograms to emerge Northern region winner.

Byamugisha Osward, also a teacher at Kanyabwanga S.S and Kenneth Akuguzibwe, a student from Kasese S.S, emerged overall best teacher and student in the recycling campaign and walked away with a brand new laptop and school fees respectively.

Winning teachers receive mobile phones from Coca-Cola country manager Arthur Akankwasa

Sam Kangave, manager Plastic Recycling Industries, an initiative of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda applauded the schools, students and teachers for participating in this campaign that benefits both the current and future generation.

Coke and all its bottling partners are leading the industry to help collect and recycle a bottle for every one we sell by 2030. We are working to bring people together to help us collect and recycle plastic in Uganda and this campaign is giving the young generation lessons about the dangers of plastic while giving back to them and their schools through a sport that unites them.

Sam Kangave, manager Plastic Recycling Industries
Winning teachers pose with Coke Country Manager Arthur Akankwasa

Currently, we are collecting an average of 450 tonnes of plastic per month at Plastic Recycling Industries, an equivalent of about 66% of the plastic we push out as Century Bottling Company and Rwenzori Bottling Company.

Part of our effort going forward is to help everybody understand Recycling – how to recycle, what to recycle, where to recycle, and the impact of NOT recycling properly.

But we cannot do it alone. So far we have established successful partnerships with an Eco-system of plastic waste collection Women groups in Kampala, the Kampala Capital City Authority,  Masaka Collection Centre, Kabale Municipal Council, to mention but a few.

We are keen to sign up more partnerships, because the only way we can really create a World Without Waste is if we ALL do it together.

Arthur Akankwasa, the Coca-Cola Uganda Country Manager notes;

“The recycling competition has been an eye opener for us, affirming the fact that creating knowledge and awareness about waste and its responsible management is key to sustainable behavior change. As the Coca-Cola system, we will ensure we continue with such campaigns targeting both awareness and behavior change on plastic waste collection and disposal. This will go a long way to ensure that the teens grow to be responsible members of the community.” Akankwasa states.

The winning school will be awarded with a refurbished football pitch, which will have a standardized playing ground, goal posts, nets and bleachers.

The second best schools will receive goal posts, nets and balls while the third best schools will receive goal posts and nets.

The winning teacher will receive a 32 inch Hisense TV set while the second and third best will receive brand new mobile phones.

The winning students will receive school fees scholarships for 1 term.

Winning teachers pose with Coca-Cola Country Manager Arthur Akankwasa

Copa Football in Uganda:

Copa Coca-Cola is held in more than 60 countries with over one million participants annually. Coca-Cola has been a proud sponsor of grassroots football for 25 years.

What started in Zimbabwe in 1988 was formalized under Copa Coca-Cola in 1998, when it was first launched in Mexico.

The aim of Copa Coca-Cola is to create the world’s largest and most inclusive football grassroots program.

The Copa national tournaments and international training Camps have provided an opportunity for many exceptionally talented players to be scouted and recruited to join the national under 20 teams in their respective countries with a number joining premier league clubs  both in their countries and internationally.

St. Mary’s Kitende were crowned the 2019 Copa Coca-Cola schools’ tournament champion after defeating Jinja SSS 3-1.

In Uganda, Copa Coca-Cola is the biggest grassroots’ football development program/ tournament in Uganda for the last 26 years since its inception in 1993.

Starting with four (4) Kampala based schools and about 120 players; it has grown to be informally known as the “The Schools World Cup”.

Today over 80,000 players from approximately 3,000 secondary schools every year participate from the Zones, Districts, Regions and upwards to the National Level.

At the National level, the organizers have a team of qualified coaches who pick talent and compile a list of the most promising 200 players which is in turn handed over the local Soccer Governing body – Federation of Uganda Football Associations, (FUFA) for follow up.

Almost all key football Clubs in the Uganda Super League feature products of Copa Coca-Cola.

Among the key players in Uganda’s National and International teams that rose through Copa Coca-Cola are: Ibrahim Sekaggya, David Obua, Gibby Kalule (1999 All Africa Games in Johannesburg South Africa), Farouk Miya, Godfrey Walusimbi, Shaban Muhammad and Khalid Aucho, among many others and more to come.

The tournament is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports through the National Council of Sports (NCS).

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

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