Playing the game of honour
During the visit by the Global VX Executive Hasindihe James was promoted to CEO of VX Uganda, Bakaze Robert who had recently filled the post had been promoted to CEO of the African Nations and Hasindihe was the perfect replacement having been one of the founding fathers of VX Uganda.
Participation levels are growing rapidly in Kampala with no less than 5 new teams setting up ready to play in the first year of the VX League (VXL) in Uganda. Global VX Executive Director Dr Paul Hildreth said "This is outstanding work even in England we didnt see this amount of growth so quickly"
The teams that will be competing against each other are all based in Kampala at the minute but as the word spreads more teams will be set up in other regions of Uganda.
The teams are:
The All Starz, The Buffaloz, The Warriorz, The Rhinoz and The Bullz who are twinning with the Kirkbymoorside Bullz in the UK, more information can be found on the teams in the Club Directory section of this site.
The National Team will be called the Uganda Cranes and they hope to compete in the World Championships as soon as possible.
AAfrican Nations Cup
On Monday 25th September the Africans Nations Cup was won by Timothy Malinga once again who beat Busingye Didus in an extremely close game.
On Tuesday the 18th September Commissioner Craig Buttery and Executive Director Paul Hildreth set off on a journey of discovery to Uganda.
The object of the trip was to qualify some coaches for the newley installed National Governing Body in Uganda and to set up another two NGB's in Tanzania and Kenya. The trip was timely in that all parties would be in the same place at the same time which made life much easier and more cost effective.
Timothy Malinga Henry (left) recieving the African Nations Cup from Bakaze Robert CEO VX African Nations
1st place Malinhga Timothy (Uganda)
2nd place Wesana Derrick. (Uganda)
3rd place Oryek Duncan. (Uganda)
4th place Washington Mihapa (Tanzania)
5th place Lule Sharif. (Uganda)
6th place Kagolo Paul. (Rwanda)
7th place Bwire Matia. (Uganda)
8th place Mayiga Dennis. (Tanzania)
9th place Aruho Duncan. (South Africa)
10th place Nakitto Sandra. (Uganda)
11th place Sserunkuma Benedict (Uganda)
12th place Atuhumuza sheila. (Uganda)
13th place Nuwaine bosco. (Botswana)
14th place George Njoroge. (Kenya)
Craig and Paul arrived in Entebbe airport to be met ny Bakaze Robert CEO of VX Uganda and Executive board member Hasindihe James all four took the 45 minute drive to the hotel in Kampala where Craig and Paul were dropped off and booked in ready for a well deserved sleep.
The following day they were picked up by the guys and proceeded to the squash courts at Makerere University to meet the rest of the people who were playing VX, what Craig and Paul saw blew them away, lots of people playing VX and this was all achieved with just 4 sticks half a dozen balls a pair of score counters and a shed load of enthusiasm and determination. They were good!!!!!
The two watched a practice session taken by Gerald Kanyesgye and it was just like they were back at home… only in was warm.
These guys had sat down thought about what they needed to achieve and then went out and delivered. They had only seen video clips and had talked to many of our players in the UK but they managed.
During the trip Craig and Paul qualified some coaches and assessors so that they were able to take the sport forward so we now have qualified coaches and assessors in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
On the second day there while they were watching practice a gentleman called Ray Carthy who was at the University promoting a new South African wine came over to see what was going on. Craig spent the next hour explaining how the game was played and fielding a million and one questions about what they were trying to do. That evening they interviewed Ray who asked if he could present to them how he would like to take the sport to South Africa and develop it there, another new National Governing Body was born, VX South Africa.
On the last day or their trip the guys watched the inaugural African Nations Cup where 3 nations were represented Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and an African Nations Champion was crowned Timothy Malinga.
The final act for Craig and Paul during the trip was to promote Bakaze Robert to CEO of the VX African Nations and Hasindihe James to CEO of VX Uganda, both have done an outstanding job in developing the sport and we wish them well in their endeavors.
New National Governing Body set up in Tanzania
New National Governing Body set up in Kenya
New National Governing Body set up in South Africa
Tom Hildreth (England) takes the World Senior V2 Cup and Meghan Plummer (Scotland) takes the World Youth V2 Cup