The annual NSSF KAVC International Volleyball Championship returns bigger this year after National Social Security Fund (NSSF) announced an increase in cash prize for this year’s NSSF KAVC tournament, as well as increase in total sponsorship package from Shs.130m last year to Shs. 180 Million this year.
Accordingly therefore, the winners for both Men and Women categories will bag USD 2500, the runners’ up USD 1,500 and the third placed team USD $1,000. This is a significant increase from last year when winners for both Men and Women categories took home USD 1,000, the runners’ up USD 500 and third place team USD 300.
This year’s tournament will take place from 2nd to 4th August 2019 at Lugogo Indoor Arena and Hockey Grounds.
While announcing the sponsorship this morning at Chopper Chimney Restaurant in Lugogo, NSSF Deputy Managing Director, Patrick Ayota told the media that an increase in prize money is intended to motivate and boost completion among the participating teams.
“As the tournament grows locally and regionally, it is important that our support matches the importance of the competition to both our Ugandan clubs and the others within the region. It is also important that we motivate the teams and reward the hard work that goes into preparing for a tournament of this magnitude.” He said
Still at the same media briefing, Ayota added that, the Fund’s support to this tournament is in line with its social responsibility intervention to support youth initiatives.
“We are glad to play our part, along with other partners in sports, to nurture and grow local talent by exposing our Ugandan teams to the highest level of competition available in the region”
“I liked what I saw from our Uganda teams last year. I would like to challenge you to keep the trophies home” Ayota added.
Following the massive sponsorship package for this year, Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC) President Milly Kure appreciated how far NSSF has brought the tournament and individual players for the last 11 years.
“The tournament provides a strong platform for individual players to showcase their talent and many of our players have completely utilized this opportunity and therefore been able to join professional clubs abroad”. An excited Kure said.
The funds will be used to boost the preparations and the tournament itself in supporting areas of publicity, event venue hire, cash prizes and accolades for outstanding players, referees and welfare.
The organisers also say, this year, Man of the Match awards will be given from the quarter final stage and there will also be a prize for fans who stand a chance of winning a trip for 2 to Lake Bunyonyi and Para Lodge.
The 2019 NSSF KAVC International has attracted about 40 teams from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania with Uganda’s KAVC and Ndjje University for Men and Women categories respectively as defending champions.