The Kenya Rugby Union (“KRU”) and Damu Pevu Development Society (“Damu Pevu”) are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership. This will spearhead the introduction of Rugby Union as a sport throughout primary schools in the Republic of Kenya. This partnership is anchored on KRU’s vision of making rugby a game for all. Rugby is one of the fastest-growing and most popular sports in Kenya. The Union wishes to further deepen the penetration of the game across the country.
Through a series of planned activities, the partnership shall support, encourage, promote, advance and entrench the game of Rugby throughout primary schools in Kenya. Together, the Union and Damu Pevu will work with other stakeholders including government agencies, institutions and partners to promote the identification of talent and development of rugby throughout primary schools.
In terms of the partnership, Damu Pevu will spearhead the implementation of this program anchored on World Rugby training modules. It will also be anchored upon World Rugby’s Get-into-Rugby Programme. By working with Damu Pevu, KRU will tap into a rich technical resource base capable of adding value to the existing structure.
KRU shall retain primary responsibility for quality assurance and program oversight, working through the network of Regional Development Officers (RDOs). KRU and Damu Pevu will collaborate in mobilizing resources for the programme from both public and private sector partners.
Commenting on the partnership, KRU Chairman Oduor Gangla said “KRU is very pleased to launch this partnership with Damu Pevu. They have a long-standing track record for rugby development in Kenya. Damu Pevu’s efforts has helped rugby become a national sport, bringing joy and pride to this nation in international competitions. We look forward to even greater impact as rugby formally ventures into primary schools. KRU cannot execute all the initiatives directly and welcomes similar partnerships with credible institutions that will further the objectives of the Union”
Speaking on the same, Damu Pevu Technical Director Mr. Michael “Tank” Otieno, a World Rugby Trainer and former Kenya 7s and 15s international player and head coach said “We are also excited to partner once more with KRU. We are looking forward to introducing and nurturing rugby in primary schools of Kenya especially at this time of focus on skills in the developing competence-based curriculum”
Other key members of Damu Pevu team include Tom Oddenyo (Chairman), Prof. Max Muniafu (former Kenya 7s and 15s international player and head coach), Oby Obiero Odhiambo, Omega Ludenyi, Tony Ngondo, Steve Luseno and Jane Oisebe.
DAMU PEVU RUGBY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is a registered group of ex-Kenyatta University BLAK BLAD Rugby Club veterans who have been involved in the systematic development of rugby through the secondary schools. DAMU PEVU established the DAMU PEVU SHIELD, a second-tier Secondary School League. DAMU PEVU RUGBY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has been involved in the training of coaches leading to the spread of Rugby in Kenya.
KENYA RUGBY UNION is the sport federation mandated to promote, foster, encourage, control and develop the game of rugby throughout the Republic of Kenya. The Union’s mandate includes arranging competitions and to do all such things as the Union may consider necessary or desirable to promote the interest and development of rugby.