Brookside Limited injects 1.2 Billion UGX
Officially flagged off by the Minister of State for Sports
Uganda has been earmarked as the host country for the 2017 regional Brookside East Africa Secondary School games scheduled to run from 16th – 27th August 2017 at St. Joseph Layibi College, Pace Stadium, Kaunda grounds and Sacred Heart Gulu.
The launch event that was graced by The Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Bakkabulindi Charles was held at Imperial Royale Hotel.
The Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games, sponsored by Brookside Limited involve sporting competitions in various games organized at selected secondary schools within the East African region that comprises Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Each of these six East African countries will hold their own national secondary schools’ championships in various sports disciplines, out of which the top two teams in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions will qualify to compete at the regional Brookside games.
Speaking during the launch event Oliver Mary, Marketing Director Brookside Limited said, ‘As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility drive, Brookside Limited supports education initiatives such as the Brookside East Africa games which develop the complete individual in terms of Sports, Academia and Health. Brookside Limited has injected 1.2 Billion Uganda shillings into the 2017 regional Brookside East Africa secondary school games.’
Oliver Mary added that Brookside Limited believes that every child has a talent that needs to be identified and nurtured. ‘To this end, we are sponsoring the Brookside East Africa Secondary games because through such programs, the youth are able to play while at the same time use sports to identify and nurture their talents.
Oliver Mary further explained that the championships are held in different countries every year and the venue is never the same such that students can travel to different parts of East Africa and also learn more about their geography and the different cultures across East Africa. ‘Brookside has presence in the entire East African region, and we will continue to support all activities geared towards the improvement of the livelihood of people in East Africa,” he said.
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Kitting players and improving infrastructure: As sponsors of the games, Brookside kits all the teams that participate during the championships thus creating equity as all players enter the field as equals irrespective of the institutions to which they belong. Brookside also improves the infrastructure of the host schools thus enabling the teams to enjoy playing in good fields and enabling the host school to start playing various sporting disciplines that they were not playing before due to lack of facilities.
Brookside Strathmore University sports scholarship: To encourage students to nurture their talents while still performing well in school we have a sports scholarship where six students (4 basket ballers 2 boys and 2 girls and 2 hockey players 1 boy and 1 girl ) who perform well during the Brookside school championship’s or the Brookside East Africa Secondary Schools Championship and also score a mean grade of A- in their national KCSE examinations for Kenyan students or its equivalent for the regional students win a fully paid university scholarship to pursue a course of their choice at Strathmore university and also play for the university basketball and hockey teams as they pursue their studies .
Brookside Soccer Scholarship: Brookside had a soccer scholarship whereby 5 of the best footballers in the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Championships were selected to go for trials with the company’s premier league team Thika United FC where 3 of the best are usually retained to play for the team in Kenya. Some success full stories of players scouted from the schools include:
Dennis Odhiambo: Scouted in 2006 from Manor house school and played for Thika united FC, then he was selected to play for the Kenya national team Harambee stars and he also played professional football for Pretoria University in SA before returning back to Thika united last year
David Bogere: Scouted in 2010 year during the Brookside East African Games in Nakuru Kenya from St Mary’s School Kitende. While at Thika United he was scouted by KCB FC where he played for two years, he is currently playing for BIDCO FC in Thika
Tony Kizito: Scouted in 2011 from St Mary’s Kitende during the BROOKSIDE EAST AFRICAN GAMES IN MBARARA. Tony is currently playing professional football in Vietnam after playing in Kenya for Thika united FC.