Kirehe district is the latest to have Sports for all being launched as the campaign spreads across the country.
The launch was made last Friday in the eastern district by Mayor of Kirehe, Protais Murayire and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Edward Kalisa.
Speaking to the residents during the launching, Mayor Murayire said, “Every Friday of the week from 8:00am will be Sports day for all the residents of Kirehe. The main aim is to promote and develop different sports disciplines in the district, both among the youth and adults.”
“According to the volleyball statistics in the country, Kirehe is one of the districts with more volleyball players in the national and youth levels in the country,” revealed Murayire to the residents.
Murayire further added that, “The district has produced volleyball players who have represented Rwanda in the U-19, U-21 and the senior national teams in Algeria and
other intercontinental competitions.”
The official day was graced with cheerful residents who turned up in huge numbers, singing and jogging a few kilometers around the district. The elderly walked as they showed their part of an on-willing appeal during the event.
Kalisa thanked the youth and residents of Kirehe for embracing sports in the district for the purpose of staying healthy.
“Engaging in sports can help to reduce stress, diseases like diabetes and heart related infections and increases physical and mental health. Youth should engage in sports for professional purposes,” mentioned Kalisa in his speech.
Kalisa added that, “The number of youth who are employed in different sports disciplines has increased over time. Sports offers employment if it is taken as profession.”
Apart from football, the department of culture and sports at the Kirehe District has initiated several games including basketball, volleyball, cross country marathon to mention but a few. The district is emphasizing the promotion of sports especially in schools.
Social centers have been built to support several disciplines and there is encouragement of indoor games. There have been inter-sector competitions.
The district received a consignment of size-4 and size-5 balls and nets for the development of grassroots volleyball. This is in line with the new district volleyball team that was initiated to compete in next year’s national league competitions.