Euro 2016: Ugandan schools trophy
Competing for the tournament, students from Aga Khan School, French School, Football Academy for Good, Gulu KISU and Kawempe Muslims celebrated the Euro 2016 in their own way.
Friday, June 10th was under the banner of Football with the opening of Euro 2016. It’s one of those days when everyone, from the most indifferent to the most excited, knows that the evening will be long if the national team wins the match. For Euro2016, France will host 24 teams and 51 matches in 10 stadiums across France.
That night France was playing against Romania in Paris’ Stade de France. Meanwhile 120 children from 11 to 16 year took part in a football tournament organized by the French Embassy. Competing for the winner medals, students from Aga Khan School, French School, Football Academy for Good, Gulu KISU and Kawempe Muslims celebrated the Euro 2016 in their own way. Several women’s teams took part in the tournament as well. Through their eagerness to share and meet, children proved that sport is about unity, fair play and gender equality.
The female tournament was won by the under 13 KISU team and by Kawempe Muslims for under 16. The Football Academy for Good Gulu won both the under 13 and under 16 for the male cups. Also known as Gulu United, the club was once the first of the country before the 20 years of war which forced it to close its doors. In 2013, after a successful crowd funding campaign, the Gulu football academy was reborn from its ashes. Today, the club welcomes the young sporting talent of the region.
The winners were awarded with trophies and medals. All participants received a EURO2016 T-shirt to congratulate them for their fair play. Beyond the joy of sport, the pleasure of being together that celebrated tournament.