Mwamba RFC will in partnership with French Embassy run a rugby clinic during the International Francophonie Day celebrations to be held at Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Thika Road on Sunday 20th March 2016.
International Francophonie Day (journée internationale de la francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie’s 77 member states every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 274 million French speakers on Earth. Kenya is among the fastest growing French-speaking nations in Africa.
According to the organizers of the fete, over 60 school offering French classes are expected at the annual festival. They will be joined by Kenya government officials and ambassadors from Rwanda, Liberia, Libya and Liberia for the day long celebrations. The French Ambassador in Kenya will however not be in attendance as he is attending an official function in France.
“We are excited to partner with the French Embassy on this great occasion as we celebrate their language and culture. We shall take this opportunity to showcase our great club and network with potential partners,” the club’s honorary secretary Mr Jason Rosario told MwambaRugby.Com.
The day has been divided into two sessions with the morning period consisting of talks from various personalities. Mwamba RFC honorary president Mr Alvas Onguru will give a talk on the formation, history and heritage of the club.
The afternoon session will be entirely spent on the manicured grounds of the monetary college where kids, some with no knowledge of the game, will be split into teams for a rugby clinic.The clinic, to be conducted by Kulabu players, both men and women, will run for an hour before the teams take part in a touch rugby tournament.
“We shall have some of our best players taking the kids through the clinic. This will involve introduction to the game, mentorship and skills training,” added Mr Rosario.
Some of the player expected at the celebrations include Kenya sevens internationals Lavin Asego, Mike Agevi and Dan Sikuta. Others Kenya XV’s Edwin Machanje, former Kenya U19 international Brad Owako and skipper Salaton Muturi.
Some of the ladies players expected are Olympic bound Celestine Masinde, Sinaida Aura, Camilyne Oyuayo, Doreen Remour and captain Priscar Mwamburi.
Kulabu, founded in 1977, is renowned in production of world class players who have gone to play for the country and fly the Kenyan flag high. They include Humphrey Kayange (Kenya Sevens player and Anti-doping Global Ambassador), Collins Injera (Kenya Sevens players and third highest try scorer in the World Series), Lavin Asego (Kenya Sevens player and 10th all-time points scorer in the World Series), Sinaida Aura (Kenya Women Sevens player) Catherine Abila (Kenya Sevens women captain) and Camilyne Awuor (Kenya Sevens Women assistant captain)