She Cranes climaxed it’s regional tours on a high with a convincing 49-36 victory against Kampala Region select following the encounter honored at Weyonje Grounds Kibuli on Friday.
For starters, She Cranes in conjunction with the Federation and partners started regional tours on 5th June with the aim of creating awareness to the country about the game of netball and She Cranes as a Netball national team.
And the tours were aiming all the five regions making the game of netball in Uganda, it started with Central/Buganda region and Masaka City were the hosts, then moved to Namutumba district in Eastern Uganda before heading to Rubirizi in Western Uganda. The tours continued to Gulu in Northern Uganda and Arua in Westnile subregion before climaxing the successful tours with Kampala Region.
On Friday, the team started its activities with the church service at Namirembe Cathedral where they received a blessing and word of encouragement. They later moved to Sanyu Babies home also in Mengo, visited the babies, interacted with them and made a donation of 500,000/-
“its a great honor that we have hosted the She Cranes here, its the first team we have received here today, they have interacted with our babies and even gave us the donation of 500,000/-, in this current economy it’s a great boost to us because we don’t have a permanent sponsor or organization that funds us, the donation comes from people like you.” Said Mrs. Barbara Nankya the incharge of Sanyu Babies home.
“Another thing, She Cranes coming here, means tht they care, they have love for the country and I only wish them the best in all their games.” She added
While speaking to this website on behalf of the She Cranes, assistant captain Joan Nampungu revealed that it was a great honor to visit Sanyu and learnt a lesson.
“it’s a great experience to visit Sanyu babies home, first of all I thank the owners of the place, they showed that in Uganda, we still have people with human heart, that heart of caring about others, we have found kids, of good health and we didn’t expect to find such kids in these homes but it has also gave us a lesson that when we produce, no reason as to why we dump our kids.”
The team also had community work in Kibuli then to Climax Entertainment Hub in Makindye where they had a lunch, a place where the manager gave them another offer of swimming and another free dinner before heading to commonwealth games in Birmingham.
The day was climaxed with a game against Kampala region select and it ended 49-36 in favor of She Cranes.
“It the start we thought we are going to face challenges and resistance from the locals and other external parties, but I thank God, this has been a success, people loved the game, a lot of talents were discovered, people got to know more about netball and we are going to do this every year.
I thank media for letting the word know about the tours, our sponsors they did a tremendous job, the likes of GoTV, Plascon and Gaming board. ” Said President.
With less than three weeks to Commonwealth games, the team will be entering residential training camp on Monday next week.