Players ready to shape up


NAIROBI, Kenya, August 2- Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) vice chairman Fred Odhiambo believes that their recently acquired mobile gym will go a long way in improving the standard of the national fifteens and sevens teams.

Odhiambo who spoke at the unveiling of the gym on Monday said that the new facility will ease the financial burden on the union and allow them to allocate resources to further the development of grassroots rugby.

"This gym comes in handy because as a union, given our limited resources, we spend upto Sh1 million on both the national sevens and fifteens teams. We believe that this gym will help us save a significant amount of money that can go towards growing the game," said Odhiambo.

Telkom Kenya bought the modern mobile gymnasium at a cost of Ksh 3 million to aid the players in gym training at the same location as their technical skills practice on the pitch.

The gym will be located at the KRU grounds and is equipped with weights, benches and other state of the art equipment.

"As a keen supporter of developing sports in Kenya with a firm focus on contact sports, we are honoured to be given the opportunity to assist our national 7s and 15s teams to aid them in convenient prepration for their matches and have a fit physique," said Telkom Head of Corporate Communications Angela Mumo.

She noted that their consistently good and improving performance had placed Kenya on the international rugby map and added that the company shared in their pride at their achievements.

"Our donation today is a culmination of the support that started for rugby last year, she said. But this is not the only form of sports sponsorship we are involved in. Orange as a brand has been associated with soccer as a continent- and we can only hope that our efforts will see more African teams making to the crucial stages of the World Cup in 2014 and 2018," she added.

Both the 15s and 7s team said they had started using the gym as part of their workouts ahead of the CAR Cup scheduled for next month.