KRU launches grassroots talent initiative

World Rugby trainers Michael Otieno and Gerge Ndemi alongside KRU Development Coordinator and World Rugby Educator Ronald Okoth will champion the Damu Pevu Teachers Training Initiative in Kisumu, Embu and Nairobi to educate selected teachers from schools within the region on rugby skills and development of the sport.

The first training will take place in Kisumu on 29th April led by Michael Otieno and Ronald Okoth where they’re expected to meet teachers Bomet, Kisii, Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma, Transnzoia and Uasin Gishu counties.

Embu will host the second training on 5th and 6th May and will be conducted by George Ndemi and Ronald Okoth with teachers from Murang’a, Embu, Nyeri, Meru, Makueni, Mombasa and Taita Taveta while the third training course will be held on 12th May in Nairobi targeting teachers from Nairobi, Kajiado and Nakuru.

The initiative is aimed at developing the sports by tapping talent from the regions at an early stage.

“I’m very happy because it is a milestone for the Development office. We are going to start with Western Kenya on 29th and 30th April where an estimated total of 16 coaches from seven counties will be attending. We’re looking forward to having a long term development pathway for our players countrywide,” Kenya Rugby Union Development Coordinator Ronald Okoth told KRU website.

Speaking during the Launch, Damu Pevu Chairman Tom Odenyo added that this programme had been planned for several years saying that the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association has been one of the top sport activities lauding KRU for its support.

KRU Chairman Oduor Gangla thanked the Damu Pevu Committee and KRU’s Development Department for their hard work in ensuring this initiative kicks off.

“To retain and be competitive globally, you have to train from a very young age and most of our players start playing rugby in their teenage years and that puts us at a competitive disadvantage. As a Union, we also want to ensure that rugby is a mass sport, available to everyone in this country so that we build on the popularity and success we’ve built in the history of KRU,” Said Gangla.

Materials sourced from KRU website


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