Ojok says that most parents see rugby as a sport that inflicts injuries and pain into the lives of their children based on the way it is played. According to Ojok, their efforts to popularize the sport in various schools and community engagements hasn’t yielded the desired results.
penetration of Rugby in Acholi is being blamed on the minimal knowledge by
parents and guardians about the sports. Rugby is a full-contact team sport that
originated in England in the first half of the 19th century.
In its most
common form, the game is played between two teams of 15 players each using an
oval-shaped ball on a rectangular pitch. James Ojok, the president of
Gulu Elephants Rugby club that started in 2008, says they have struggled to
recruit young players into the sport due to the poor perception and refusal by
parents to allow their children to join the sport.
Ojok says that most parents see rugby as a sport that
inflicts injuries and pain into the lives of their children based on the way it
is played. According to Ojok, their
efforts to popularize the sport in various schools and community engagements hasn’t
yielded the desired results.
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Byron Morgan Oketta, who plays for the national rugby team says it took him two
years to play the sport in secrecy because his parents didn't like it. He says
to join the sport; he first started by playing soccer.
According to Oketta, most parents are financially constrained making it
difficult to convince them to allow their children to join the full contact
sport. Oketta wants clubs to start insuring their players so that the treatment
and other costs are relived from parents if the sport is to gain momentum in
the region and gain more recruits.
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Stephen Odongkara, a resident of Layibi Techo in Bardege-Layibi Division, says
coaches and star players should take an initiative to bring them as parents up
to speed on how the sport is played, risks and opportunities. He says without this,
no one will want to risk allowing his children get injured.
Acholi Sub Region has two rugby clubs namely Gulu Elephants and Kitgum Lions.