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County To Give Youth Launchpad For Volley Talent

Uasin Gishu is set to jump back to the charts as the production chain of quality volleyballers if a new plan to grow grass-root talent is anything to go by.

The County Government of Uasin Gishu is planning the Governor’s Cup, a volleyball tourney that will start from the ward level. Teams will be seeded up the sub-county and to the county level for the finals.

Uasin Gishu has in the past years produced some of the best volleyball talents. Paul Boit and Simat Secondary Schools ruled the charts in secondary volleyball games in past years.

Also, several big names from Uasin Gishu play in Kenya Volleyball Federation’s (KVF) league contenders General Service Unit Kenya Prisons and several other top tier clubs.

“Sports can be harnessed to be an employment for our youth most importantly at the time when unemployment is a menace. It is very crucial that they are assisted to hone their talents and make careers out of (sports),” said Governor Bii.

Speaking during a meeting at her office, County Executive for Sports, Eng Lucy Ng’endo said Governor Jonathan Bii is very keen on talent and that her department will put all efforts into nurturing sports.

“(Governor Jonathan Bii) is very keen on giving our youth a push-up to identify and nurture their talents,” said Eng Ng’endo.

The county minister adds: “As a department we shall do whatever it takes to make this vision come to fruition.”

Acting Chief Officer for Sports, Peter Ruto said: “Uasin Gishu was a giant in production of volleyball talent in past years and this program comes in handy to put Uasin Gishu back to the position it was in matters of volleyball.”

“We will be having partners who will help in education and sensitisation against drug and substance abuse, so it will really be a big pushup for our youth.”

The tourney is planned to serve off in mid February, 2023.

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