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European Union to launch National Under 12 Football Tournament

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Kigali: The Delegation of the European Union(EU) to Rwanda has entered into partnership with the School Sports Federation of Rwanda to organize a national football tournament for boys and girls in Rwanda under the age of 12.

The tournament will take place on 10 – 11 March 2018 in 5 provinces of Rwanda and the capital of Kigali. In each province 16 mixed teams of boys and girls will compete to win European Union National Football Tournament trophies for their respective primary schools.

In total, the tournament offers an opportunity to almost 1,000 children from 96 rural and urban schools to meet, enjoy the game and compare their football skills during the two days on football pitches in Kigali (Camp Kigali), Muhanga (Muhanga Stadium), Huye (Kamena Stadium), Musanze (Apicur Stadium), Rubavu (Stade Umuganda) and Rwamagana (St. Aloys School Stadium).

Games of two times 15 minutes will run on Saturday between 8:00 and 14:00 and on Sunday between 8:00 and 11:30. After the initial play-off games, the teams will compete both in winner's and consolation brackets.

The EU Ambassador to Rwanda, Nicola Bellomo said that the goal of the tournament is to offer children from rural and urban areas new possibilities to develop their own potential.

"This is an opportunity for the European Union not only to help support young talent in Rwanda, but also to promote universal values through sports, such as respect, fair-play and friendship" Ambassador Bellomo said.

According to the School Sports Federation, sport in schools plays an important role in life of children both in rural and urban areas. Sport offers an opportunity for kids to meet new friends, understand the importance of team work and gain confidence. This is crucial for the wellbeing of children and the development of their sense of belonging to the community.

"There is no doubt that regular physical activity is vital for harmonious physical, psychological and social development of young people. This tournament will increase social interaction among kids, and who knows – may be some of them will one day become part of our national football team,"said Aaron Rurangirwa, President of the School Sports Federation of Rwanda.

All boys and girls participating in tournament will receive medals as a reminder of their team efforts. The first 3 winning schools in both brackets will also receive trophies and certificates. (Fin)


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