Pro-active UCA provide equipment for sports journalists

After a heated Uspa meeting dominated by deliberations on the upcoming elections, all the sports journalists needed was a welcome distraction from the ‘politics’.

And what better way to have that than acquiring equipment, from Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), to revive the defunct Media Cricket Club (MCC) team of yesteryears.

“We want to maintain the cordial relationship we have kept with journalists over the years,” UCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justine Ligyalingyi said at the handover ceremony held at Lugogo Cricket Oval on Monday.

“We shall do whatever we can to revive their passion for the game, including holding the usual UCA Journalists Seminar at the beginning of the year to refresh their knowledge about rules, terminologies and conditions as Uganda prepares to host the ICC Division III World Cricket League (WCL),”

Hosting rights
ICC, during their Board Meeting in South Africa last month, awarded hosting rights of the WCL to Uganda after deeming UCA’s proposal better than Malaysia and Canada, a welcome far-cry from 2014 when they were denied the honour over terrorism fears in East Africa.

The Cricket Cranes are undertaking drills at Fairway Hotel, Lugogo Cricket Ground and Kyambogo Oval under the stewardship of Kenyan coach Steve Tikolo, assistant Michael Ndiko and youthful coach Jackson Ogwang.

Meanwhile, the Uspa executive also used the opportunity to unveil the football jerseys donated by the body’s patron and Minister of Sports Charles Bakkabulindi.

By MAKHTUM MUZIRANSA

EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 Uganda Cricket Association distributed cricket equipment to 44 Secondary Schools all over the Country in a colourful handover ceremony at the National Council of Sports (NCS) Headquarters Lugogo. The ceremony was presided over by the Assistant General Secretary NCS Mr David Katende.  The equipment included batting pads, helmets, batting gloves, kit bags, wicket keeping pads and gloves, bats, thigh guards, balls and abdominal guards.

 

This equipment was sent to Uganda by our friends in Australia, Banks Town Cricket Association based in Sydney last year.

 

At Uganda’s first appearance at the ICC Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004, the team struck up a relationship with the then Team Manager for the Australian Under 19 side, Mr Brian Freedman.

 

Brian promised to collect and send equipment to Uganda from well-wishers in Australia. This promise was fulfilled a year later with the first container arriving in the Country a year later in 2005.

 

Ever since 2004, Uganda Cricket Association has received 9consignments of equipmentfrom Banks Town Cricket Association. This equipment and clothing has been very helpful in the development of the game as it has been used by all National Teams, development groups and Schools among others.

 

This has significantly reduced on the cost of equipment procurement by the Association in recent years as most of it is in a very good state.

 

Mr Brian Freedman was invited to Uganda in 2013 and was very impressed with how the equipment was being utilised.

 

Below are the Schools that Benefited;

 

     
     

NAME OF SCHOOL

 

NAME OF SCHOOL

CENTRAL REGION

 

MASAKA DISTRICT

KOLOLO SSS

1

MASAKA SSS

GAYAZA HIGH SCHOOL

2

ST HENRY'S KITOVU

KINGS COLLEGE BUDO

3

KAKO SSS

NDEJJE SSS

4

BLESSED SACRAMENT KIMANYA

OLD KAMPALA SSS

5

EXODUS SSS

MUKONO PARENTS

6

ST MARIA GORETTI SSS

KYAMBOGO COLLEGE SCHOOL

   

MAKERERE COLLEGE SCHOOL

 

 

NAMILYANGO

 

 

RAINBOW ACADEMY

    

TORORO DISTRICT

HOPE HIGH SCHOOL

1

ST PETER'S COLLEGE

GREEN HILL ACADEMY

2

ROCK HIGH SCHOOL

 

3

MANJASI HIGH SCHOOL

 

4

TORORO TOWN COLLEGE

EASTERN REGION

   

BUSOGA COLLEGE MWIRI

   

JINJA SSS

   

BUSOGA HIGH SCHOOL

 

SOROTI DISTRICT

ST JAMES SSS

1

SOROTI LIGHT

KIRA COLLEGE BUTIKI

2

OLILA SSS

JINJA COLLEGE

3

TESO COLLEGE ALOET

LORDS MEADE VOCATIONAL COLLEGE

   

GOOD HEART

   

BUSEDDE SSS

   

PMM GIRLS

   
     
     

WESTERN REGION

   

NTARE SCHOOL

   

NYAKASURA SCHOOL

   

ST LEOS KYEGOBE

   

KYEBAMBE GIRLS SCHOOL

   

KASESE SSS

   

KILEMBE SSS

   

MT RWENZORI GIRLS SCHOOL

   

ST THERESA GIRLS SCHOOL

   

MT RWENZORI HIGH SCHOOL

   
     

 

 PREPARED BY: FRANKLYN NAJJUMBA

WOMEN'S DEV'T OFFICER

 

   

UCA offer clubs equipment ahead of season start

One reason why many youngsters ditch cricket for other disciplines is the inability to access the necessary equipment for the gentleman’s game.

Helmets, gloves, balls, bats and bails are costly and maintenance season after season is hard because they wear out easily.
To temporarily solve the problem, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have always been a key figure in this.

On Friday at Lugogo, UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi handed over different equipment to the 20 clubs that will take part in the National Men’s 50-Over League which bowls off Sunday. 
That’s thanks to UCA’s partners boost from Bankstown Cricket Club in Australia.

Each club received four pairs of batting pads, two helmets, three thigh guards, four abdominal guards, four pairs of batting gloves, a pair of keeping pads and gloves. At the event, Ligyalingi announced the launch of the new Division Three tier that will include five teams and will be playing on Saturdays. With Tornado B included, Division One comprises eight teams whose winner is guaranteed Shs5m.

Division Two with seven teams that will battle for the top two slots promotion worth Shs3m in total.

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Rams Sports Club Supports Uganda Cricket

 

In late 2013 a request was received from Rams Cricket, via the Bankstown Cricket Club to provide any equipment or playing strips to the Uganda Cricket Association. All equipment was to be shipped to Uganda in a special container shipment with many grassroots sporting clubs contributing. Rams Soccer identified over 500 pieces of old strips which included playing jerseys, shorts, socks and referee jerseys in varying sizes. The pieces sent could have fitted out an entire club.
 
It is with great pride that Rams Soccer received an email from Martin Ondeko, Operations Manager, Uganda Cricket Association thanking for our support and sending some great pics of local girls wearing the Rams Kit in the Girls Schools Cricket Tournament held in Kampala during April 2014. Mr Ondeko said ‘that the best 14 players were selected to make a trip to Rwanda for a series of (5) T20 games against teams from Rwanda.   The program for their tour included a visit to a Genocide Memorial Site’.
 
Rams Soccer are proud to support such a worthwhile program and we hope to have made a difference to the lives of those in less fortunate circumstances. Well done to the Bankstown Cricket Club and Rams Cricket. Rams hope to get some more pictures of local kids in Rams colours playing the round ball game.
 
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