Brookside Limited has injected 1.2 Billion Uganda shillings into the 2017 regional Brookside East Africa secondary school games set to be held in Gulu Nothern Uganda. In a pact that was announced by the Marketing Director Brookside Oliver Mary at the official launch held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala at the event which was also graced by Hon. Bakkabulindi Charles the State Minister for Sports .
Addressing the media, Marketing Director Brookside Mr. Oliver added that Brookside believes that every child has a talent that needs to be identified and nurtured. ‘To this end, we are sponsoring the Brookside East Africa Secondary games because through such programs, the youth are able to play while at the same time use sports to identify and nurture their talents.
‘As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility drive, Brookside Limited supports education initiatives such as the Brookside East Africa games which develop the complete individual in terms of Sports, Academia and Health. Brookside Limited has injected 1.2 Billion Uganda shillings into the 2017 regional Brookside East Africa secondary school games.’ Oliver Mary noted
According to the organizing committee Uganda will be hosting the 2017 regional Brookside East Africa Secondary School games scheduled to run from 16th – 27th August 2017 at St. Joseph Layibi College, Pace Stadium, Kaunda grounds and Sacred Heart Gulu.
The Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games, sponsored by Brookside Limited involve sporting competitions in various games organized at selected secondary schools within the East African region that comprises Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan.Eachof these six East African countrieswill hold their own national secondary schools’ championships in various sportsdisciplines, out of which the top two teams in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions will qualify to compete at the regional Brookside games.
Oliver Mary further explained that the championships are held in different countries every year and the venue is never the same such that students can travel to different parts of East Africa and also learn more about their geography and the different cultures across East Africa.‘Brookside has presence in the entire East African region, and we will continue to support all activities geared towards the improvement of the livelihood of people in East Africa,” he said.
Brookside Soccer Scholarship
Brookside had a soccer scholarship whereby 5 of the best footballers in the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Championships were selected to go for trials with the company’s premier league team Thika United FC where 3 of the best are usually retained to play for the team in Kenya. Some success full stories of players scouted from the schools include:
Dennis Odhiambo: Scouted in 2006 from Manor house school and played for Thika united FC, then he was selected to play for the Kenya national team Harambee stars and he also played professional football for Pretoria University in SA before returning back to Thika united last year
David Bogere: Scouted in 2010 year during the Brookside East African Games in Nakuru Kenya from St Mary’s School Kitende. While at Thika United he was scouted by KCB FC where he played for two years, he is currently playing for BIDCO FC in Thika
Tony Kizito: Scouted in 2011 from StMary’s Kitende during the BROOKSIDE EAST AFRICAN GAMES IN MBARARA. Tony is currently playing professional football in Vietnam after playing in Kenya for Thika united FC.