Nestlé Kenya through the MILO brand sponsored the National Finals of the Kenya Primary Schools’ Ball Games and Gymnastics to a tune of Sh 5million for the 8th consecutive year.
The sponsorship helped provide sport kits for all the participating teams including: t-shirts, shorts, balls, trophies, medals, certificates and track suits for about 300 officials.
Over 1200 pupils aged between 9 and 15 years from across Kenya participated in various disciplines including: gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, handball and netball for both girls and boys. The competition was staged in Uasin Gishu County at Wareng and Hill High Schools in Eldoret from 12th to 16th April, 2016.
Speaking during the media launch of the 2016 sponsorship, Ms. Ciru Miring’u, the Head of Nestlé East Africa and Managing Director of Nestlé Kenya said, “Through the MILO partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association (KPSSA), we seek to nurture young sporting talents. We aim to teach positive values, shaping our children to become the well-grounded adults.”
Over the last eight years, Nestlé Kenya has helped impact the lives of over twenty thousand pupils making the sponsorship one of the biggest public-private sector partnerships in Kenya that is geared towards nurturing young talents in sports.
“Nestlé Kenya sponsored a total of 56 young boys from Kenya who attended the 2014, 2011 and 2010 MILO African Soccer Championships held in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa respectively. These students have now joined some of the leading secondary schools and Universities in the country and still pursuing their talent in football,” said Ms. Miring’u.
Coast Region won the 2016 title in boys’ soccer dethroning their archrivals Nzoia Region who were the defending champions. Mau Region retained both boys’ and girls’ volleyball titles after putting a spirited fight in the finals. The girls’ volleyball team clinched the third consecutive title when they beat Nzoia in the finals.
Nzoia, which was represented by teams selected from primary schools across Western Kenya, retained the overall MILO trophy after bagging both Gymnastics and Netball titles for boys and girls.
The Federation of Kenyan Football (FKF) officials, who were scouting for talents throughout tournament, have selected 14 girls and 18 boys to join the national under-16 football teams.
Kenya’s Ministry of Education representative, the Director General Mrs. Leah Rotich said, “I commend Nestlé Kenya for this esteemed partnership that has helped identify and promote sporting talents from the grass roots to the national level.”
Mrs. Rotich also added that her Ministry’s ultimate vision is to expose students to both curriculum and co-curricular activities like sports allowing them to develop holistically. “We want the students to think for themselves, solve problems and enjoy learning while preparing for various career paths,” she added.