The 31st edition of George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens tournament will be hosted at Kinoru Stadium, Meru from July 26 to July 28.
The tournament will be the second leg of Stanbic National Sevens Circuit that will kick off with Kakamega Sevens hosted by Western Bulls and Kabras Sugar from July 20-21 at Bull Ring, Kakamega.
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The tournament director Humphrey Kayange is excited about the new venue stating it fits perfectly well in the Stanbic Mwamba, the hosts, plan. “Meru is an interesting choice of venue. We have huge support in the region and there’s a community hungry for top class rugby action in the area. we did not hesitate to settle on it as our 2019 venue for this great tournament,” he told MwambaRugby.Com.
Apart from taking the tournament to our grassroots fans and followers, Stanbic Mwamba has been at the fore front of spreading the game into uncharted territories in the country. “Last year we took the first ever National Sevens Circuit to Machakos and the response was immense. This year we continue the same policy and we head up north to Meru. Already, the town is abuzz with news of the tournament slightly a month away,” he added.
Stanbic Mwamba has had a history of deepening it’s ties with the host communities through corporate social activities and rugby clinics. In April, Exco member Eunice Olembo said that the club was planning to undertake these activities in different parts of the country.
The club’s director of rugby Edwin Waita says that in the run up to the tournament the club will hold CSR activities in conjunction with Stanbic Bank and other partners in the region. “We will have rugby clinics with at least eight schools in the region. Our ladies team will also conduct a clinic with the sole girls school in the region that plays rugby. We hope to inspire a new generation of rugby players from Meru region,” he said.
Logistically, Kayange is optimistic that the club’s partnership with the county government will help in planning and running the tournament. “We have already met the governor Hon Kiraitu Murungi and he has assured us full support for the tournament.Apart from provision of the stadium, we will work with the county team on other logistics such as accommodation and travel arrangements. We will be making exciting news very soon over the same,” he added.
Stanbic Mwamba together with it’s partners Stanbic Bank, Modern Coast Bus Limited and many others that will be brought on board have promised an unforgettable experience in Meru as the region hosts it’s first ever national sevens leg.