NAIROBI, Kenya, July 8 – More than 60,000 students will take part in this year’s provincial school games that kick off this weekend in Coast and Rift valley provinces.The remaining six provinces will follow suit as the month wears in the lead up to the national championships to be held at Malindi High school on August 10-16.
“The association (Kenya Secondary Schools and Sports Association) in conjunction with the ministry of Education has for many years successfully organized the countrywide tournament,” said the KSSA secretary general David Ngugi.
“We are passionate about secondary school games because they are a nursery for Kenya’s future Obuyas, Mulamas and Marigas,” he added.
Following the national championships, teams will be able to compete in the East Africa finals where they will take part in soccer, volleyball, netball, rugby, handball and basketball.
Kamukunji who are the defending national football champions are favourites to retain their title.
“I want to thank Barclays for supporting this championship and
Barclays Bank are sponsoring are sponsoring this year’s championships to the tune of Sh15 million.
The bank also announced that it will be launching a mentoring programme called ‘Intelligent Play’ a scheme to expose students to the business side of sports.
“Through this programme, we are mobilizing Barclays employees to go to schools and mentor students on the importance of academics and sports,” he said.
The bank will also mobilize its employees to raise funds for area schools that are in need of facility upgrades including classrooms and sports facilities.