Hundreds of budding volleyball talents across Uasin Gishu County have an opportunity to prove their mettle when the Governor’s Cup Volleyball Tournament serves off on February 25th.

Kapseret Sub-County, one of the seedbeds of volleyball talents, kick-starts a month-long battle, where wards hold competitions to advance one best men’s and women’s teams.

According to the Chief Officer for Sports, Nahum Jelagat, the action starts on February 25 and 26. Teams from across wards in Kapseret Sub-County will compete and winners have a chance to advance.

Our youth have a chance to compete at the ward level and qualify towards the county finals. The Governor is very particular that our youth have to be given opportunities to make their talents known, therefore, this is the intention of this tournament,” said Ms Jelagat.

Speaking while leading a technical meeting, Governor’s Cup Secretariat chair, Nicholas Busienei said strict rules have been developed to ensure that only budding talents are given the chance to prove themselves.

For a player to be enlisted into this tournament, one must not be a public servant, must be between 18 and 35 years, and must not be a professional player. This is to safeguard and make a level ground for upcoming talent,” said Busienei.

Action drifts towards Turbo Sub-County on March 4th and 5th, Kesses on the 11th and 12th, and Soy on the 18th and 19th. Teams from Moiben and Ainabkoi will battle it out on March 25th and 26th.

Winners of the ward contest in the men’s and women’s categories get Sh 20,000, a ball, a net, uniforms, and a trophy, the second gets Sh 15,000 and a ball. The third walk back home with Sh 10,000 and a ball while the fourth position gets a ball.

The Eldoret National Polytechnic will be hosting the penultimate showdown as 60 teams (for men and women) battle it out for prizes and recognition in the County Finals that get down sometime before Easter Holiday.

The tourney draws big inspiration from one of Governor Jonathan Bii’s pillars of Youth Empowerment and Sports Talent Development in the development blueprint, well known as Nguzo Kumi.

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