On March 05, 2021, the management of Kiyovu Sports and Lawyers of Hope signed a partnership agreement meant to nurture talented kids in football.
The event was officiated by Juvenal Mvukiyehe, the President of Kiyovu Sports, and Jean Claude Rudacogora who represented Lawyers of Hope, a local Not-For-Profit organization working in area of law especially working to prevent child abuse using sports and to promote talented children around Kigali, among others.
The kids are trained in 8 football centres located in Kigali city and on the outskirts of the city. The centres include Kabuga, Ndera, Kimisagara (2 teams), Jabana, Karembure and Kagugu, and two girls’ teams. The organization says they have 500 kids in total and different category of age from 8-20 years old.
Speaking during the event, Juvenal Mvukiyehe, Kiyovu Sports president, commended the new move, noting that it’s in line with the club philosophy to build a stronger team basing on nurturing local football talents.
“We spent huge amount of money this season to attract talented players in a bid to compete for trophies. We are now committed to investing a lot of efforts in promoting local football talents so that we can build the most competent team on a long term,” said Mvukiyehe.
The club president also revealed that they have plans to set up other football centres across the country. The club already has a youth football centre that is based at Mumena Stadium.
Under the signed agreement, Kiyovu Sports will provide balls, and all materials needed to all centres and academy depending on the size of the group. The club will also organize competitions 3 times at least per year where the kids will be competing at all levels.
Mvukiyehe also noted that Kiyovu Sports will hire a technical staff who will be in charge of the coordination of the youth football centres.