Pan Africa Strathmore Leos benefit from a Kshs 8million sponsorship
Kenya Cup side Strathmore University Leos Rugby team has entered a two season sponsorship deal with Pan Africa Asset Management. Pan Africa Asset Management, a group under Pan Africa Holding Limited (PHL), have sponsored the team to a tune of Kshs 8 million which has seen the team be renamed to Pan Africa Strathmore Leos.
The team started in 2003 with Isaac Mwangi the then sports administrator and the coach. In 2006 the current team coach Mitch Ocholla joined the team and over the years they have acquired many titles. They boast of recently winning the King of Rugby Sevens university tournament on Sunday 30th November, 2014. For us this shows that we are the best university team in rugby. We have also maintained top 4 positions in the last four years in the league, said Mitch.
The sponsorship will enable the team to receive different packages which include the following: Branded away jerseys with Pesa Plus logo on them; Pesa Plus is a product of PHL. Branded home jerseys with the Pan Africa Asset Management logo. Branded sports kitty/gear. Rugby balls, bags, track suits, polos and water bottles. Medical funding which involves first aid necessities and an ambulance on standby for the players; Strathmore provides full medical cover for sports related injuries for the team. A contribution to the scholarship kitty, which enables the players to gain directly from the sponsors. Improving the management of the team through getting more team managers and strength and coaching coaches. Pan Africa also promised to give Kshs 1million to the team if they win the ongoing league which ends in March 2016.
In his speech during the signing of the sponsorship, Mr. Kennedy Muriithi, CEO Pan Africa Asset Management reiterated that Pan Africa group is keen on social courses, adding that from sports, young impressionable youth learn values like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, sacrifice, team work and accountability.
The support that comes from the university administration and the community is essential because the young athletes require facilitation to be great athletes and thereafter appreciation for their exploits. Therefore, the more invested, the better the results and this becomes evident not only on the field, but long after they step off it. Finally, allow me to wish the now fittingly named Pan Africa Strathmore Leos all the success this season and we believe they will go on to better their third place finish last season and bring the cup home, he concluded.
Pan Africa fits to benefit from this sponsorship through the mileage they will receive when their brand is pushed out there. The Leos not only play in the Kenya Cup, but also in the National 7s circuit and major tournaments in the country. Strathmore currently has 9 players playing for the national Sevens teams. This weekend two of the team members will play for the IRB sevens series in Dubai, Tony Owuor and Samuel Motari.
By virtue of being a top university, the team attracts players with high IQ levels which helps them understand what is required of them as a team. Strathmore is also a conducive environment for the team members to grow and be nurtured into responsible men. Lastly the discipline at Strathmore is key because the team members learn to be humble enough to listen to advice no matter how good they are, said Mitch. These factors prove to be good for the teams growth.
The team looks forward to a great season and is very optimistic of lifting the seasons trophy.