Uganda’s national 7s teams, Men and Women, have received a sponsorship boost of Sh114m in a two-year sponsorship deal with TotalEnergies EP Uganda.
The announcement was made on Wednesday morning in a briefing held at Kyadondo Rugby grounds.
The deal will see Total issue out USD 15000 (Sh57m) to the Uganda Rugby Union each year to facilitate the teams training and development.
The sponsorship is justifiable after recent rise of Rugby Sevens in the country.
The Men’s team for starters put up good shows at Commonwealth Games, Challenger Series and the recently concluded World Cup in South Africa.
“Rugby is not an individual Sport; to score a Try you must play as a team and that is one of our key pillars – stand together – so we share values with Rugby,” said Jean Gavalda, Business, Development Corporate Affairs Director of Total.
“We have a lot of talent in Uganda, and we are happy to partner URU to promote that talent.
“This is a start, we want to go step by step. And we decided on our side that starting with Sevens is considered a good option. We shall see how the relationship will grow after two years, we will have ideas by then and may be it will extend to the 15s teams.”
Uganda Rugby Union President Gordon Kayangwe commended the Players, media and everyone for their different roles in making the deal possible.
He added: “We hope to grow this into a long lasting relationship. We will get portion of that money to the academy, both teams have academies, to promote sustainability.”
On how they managed to pull this off, Kayangwe said: “Its a consistent commitment, it’s a whole eco system. Everyone is putting in their shift, leadership, players etc. And we are looking forward to getting more bigger than this. We still have to work hard, and its consistency and transparency that has put us somewhere.”
The Men’s team is set to start preparations for the Dubai HSBC Sevens later in December while the Women are preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers due next month.