The Corporate League has unveiled its new 11-man Executive Committee led by Richard Okot, whose immediate task is to ensure the 2016 sports calendar is adhered to.
Speaking at Hotel African Thursday morning, Mr Okot said this year’s season begins on Sunday March, 20, with various sports disciplines taking place at the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
“The games to be competed in year’s Corporate League season are football, pool, swimming, basketball, athletics, netball, wood ball and fun games,” the incoming Chairman Mr Okot, who works with Civicon Africa, revealed.
According to Mr Okot, this year 40 companies have confirmed participation in the league, with GEMS International School, Tullow Oil Uganda and Spear Motors as the new entrants.
According to Mr Okot, key among their future plans is to acquire a permanent ground for the Corporate League and to seek a sponsorship partnership.
“We also intend to seek for partnership with a sponsor to hold a Corporate Social Responsibility tournament every year in February, where the proceeds will go to a given charity organization that will be identified from time to time by the Corporate League,” stressed the new chairman.
The League’s Communications boss Ian Rumanyika of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) said Africa Air Rescue (AAR) Health Services will provide healthcare services to players during the games.
He also said that an MoU has been agreed upon by the League and Cambridge International School to use all its sports facilities for the outing.
“Our service providers for the venue are Namboole Stadium, Gems Cambridge, Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, Hotel Africana and Kyambogo University,” Mr Rumanyika said.
Denis Mbidde, the Chairman Board of Trustees, said a special activity this season is the hosting of the East African Corporate League, scheduled for October. He said the EACL was initiated under his chairmanship in 2006 but actualized in 2015, and is to be held on a rotational basis.
Last year, the regional league, the first of its kind took place in Kigali, Rwanda, where Uganda’s representatives competed in football.
“Important to us as a corporate league is that this year we shall be extending our social responsibility activities to Karamoja to assist the disadvantaged communities there so as to acquire a national perspective,” Mbidde said.
Corporate League outgoing Chairman Richard Kawule said: “Initially the participating nations agreed on participating in only football as was the case in Rwanda but this time negotiations are ongoing to include other games on board.
Richard Okot – Chairman (Civicon Africa)
Thomas Bamuteeze – Vice Chairman (CIPLA Quality Chemicals)
Samuel Ongom – Treasurer (Stanbic Bank)
Ian Rumanyika – Public Relations (Uganda Revenue Authority)
Willy Edong – Technical (Airtel)
Boaz Nabimanya – Discipline (Civil Aviation Authority)
Jackson Tusiime – Committee Member (Pepsi)
Janet Nakato – League Manager (Fiduga)
Charles Ssempagal – Administrator (UAP)
Annet Namatovu – (Secretariat)
Denis Bogere – (Secretariat)
Denis Mbidde – Chairman, Board of Trustees