The edition of the Fresh Dairy sponsored Uganda Secondary Schools Ball Games 1 is taking place at Mbale Secondary School in Eastern Uganda.
Up to 150 teams that won their regional qualifiers arrived at Mbale SS on Saturday to compete for places in this year’s East Africa Schools games due to take place in Kenya.
“We are going to face champions from other regions, but above champions there is always one big champion and that is what we aim to achieve,” said Mbale secondary school point guard Arafat Gabiye
The games will also see the participation of more than 2500 students from about 60 schools.
Seven disciplines, including girls’s football, ruby 15s, badminton, basketball, hockey, table tennis and lawn tennis are on card in the championship that climaxes on May 11.
Though girls football has the biggest representation of teams at 32, the rest of the disciplines have 12 teams each in the boys and girls categories respectively.
The best four teams from each category will have the bragging rights to represent Uganda at the East African level in August.
They will be joined by another set of teams from the Ball Games Two whose regional qualifiers are raging on across the country ahead of the national finals due in July in Soroti.
The best four boys football teams from the national qualifiers taking place in Jinja will seal Uganda’s continent to Kenya this August.
“We trained well back at School and we believe we shall win the national trophy and qualify for the east African games ” St Noah girls basketball player Diana Letaru expressed her hope.
Fresh Diary recently announced a five year sponsorship deal for both Ball Games I and II worth Shb3.8b.
The sponsorship among others scrapped off the participation fees for the teams featuring in the national finals on top of providing two sets of competition kits to all the participating teams.