The Uganda Rugby Union (URU) is set to benefit from the Rugby Afrique’s Solidarity fund that will see the sport restart under a safe environment after all rugby activities being put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.
The URU has been listed among 11 unions set to receive a solidarity support fund from Rugby Africa for the restart of rugby in the 2021 season.
The URU and other unions including Namibia, Kenya, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Ghana have been listed as the unions to receive the funds as a means of enabling them to restart activities next year.
The Continental administrative body is expected to advance €276,490 which is over a billion Uganda shillings to the Unions for this program (Rugby Afrique’s Solidarity).
This clearly illustrates Rugby Africa’s support for its Unions. We have been through extraordinary challenges this year and it is essential that we do everything possible to keep this much–loved sport alive and striving in Africa.
Khaled Babbou, President – Rugby Africa
Rugby Africa earlier this year front-loaded €117,000 as a relief fund to 31 unions for immediate food and medical relief during the time when the pandemic (COVID-19) was hitting hard. This time, each of the unions is expected to receive between €43,736 and €5,027 depending on the criteria used to award the funds.
Criteria used to award the funds
40% of the fund scored on Development – The strength and development level of domestic competitions and the existing support workforce necessary to develop clubs and leagues in a country. A Union Development Questionnaire (using a scoring tool developed by World Rugby) was used in consultation with each Union.
60% of the fund scored on Performance – The participation and results of Rugby Africa Unions during the 2018 or 2019 season i.e. Rugby Cup (Men and Women), Sevens (Men and Women), and U20 Barthès Trophy.
The recipient unions are expected to consider the areas that need urgent reaction or improvement and amongst these is the restart of the domestic leagues, training camps, or staffing for the national teams among others. Unions are also expected to use part of the fund to prepare for the forthcoming Olympic Games.