The chairperson Entebbe Lady Swans rugby football club Mr Ivan Acuku has revealed that the club will host the first Swans sports club rugby 7’s slated for Sunday in a bid to showcase talent and raise awareness against gender based violence in the sport.
“This will be a platform for the club to join the rest of the world on the 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign and why it is important to encourage zero tolerance to gender based violence in its forms particularly against children, youths, girls and women in sport” he said.
Mr Acuku launched the 2021 Swans Sports Club rugby 7’s festival rugby which will age groups for both boys and girls under 10,13, 15 and 18 years on Wednesday at Hotel No. 5 in Entebbe.
Mr Acuku said the one day rugby festival will be held at the Entebbe Namate Playgrounds (formerly works play ground) and will present an opportunity Uganda’s budding rugby players to exhibit their talent, encourage community rugby development in line with the GROW strand of the Uganda Rugby Unions strategic plan.
The founding director Swans sports club Ms Regina Lunyolo said there is need to create awareness about gender based violence in the sport.
The captain Entebbe Jaguars rugby club Mr Abel Alele said 45 teams have confirmed participation in different age groups for the weekends tournament with four coming from Kenya.
“This festival has attracted teams from across the border and other parts of the country with teams from Mbale, Jinja, Kampala and Entebbe” he said.
The assistant manager Hotel No. 5 one of the sponsors of the event Ms Victoria Mugwanya said the rugby tournament will help guide the children to grow up as responsible adults by instilling discipline in them.