On 21st of March, 2015, the Uganda Martyrs Namugongo Parish in an effort to recognize its youths from the surrounding sub –parishes and as a way of bringing them together, organized games and sports that occupied the entire as youths both boys and girls muscled it out against each other to win the highly converted prizes of goats in both categories of netball and football. In reaction to the call, over 8 sub-parishes including our own – St. Antony sub-parish responded positively and took part in this one day thrilling Sports-Gala which had two disciplines that are, netball and football. As a result, the Salesians Community of Don Bosco CALM-Namugongo being under St. Antony sub-parish, happily unleashed its boy to join their fellow sisters within the sub-parish to raise the St. Antony sub-parish flag high by travelling to Uganda Martyrs Namugongo main play grounds to participate in the organized events. The community had also sent its volley ball team but unfortunately, volley ball was not on the list of the disciplines on the agenda of the day. The games in the boys’ category set off at 11:00Am with a number of teams from different sub-parishes such as Mbalwa, Kitukutwe, and Burindo, St. Antony, Nsasa, Kalungu, to mention but a few, each hoping to emerge champion by the end of the games.
To cut the story short, the netball team from St. Antony sub-parish came up the winners of the goat and the runners up from Kitukutwe settled for a trophy. Thanks to Sharon, Daisy and the entire netball team for emerging victorious and raising the St. Antony flag high. On the other hand, their fellow brothers managed to reach the semi-finals where they lost Mbalwa sub-parish by 1:0 in emphatic breath taking game. Mbalwa went on to win the goat in the boys’ category after overcoming the resistance of Kalungu sub-parish by 1:0.
However, much as St. Antony boys’ team could not go beyond the semi-finals, they won themselves special places in the hearts of fans and their opponents for the great and nice style of football they displayed in the earlier matches which left them only with one goal conceded and this came in the semi-final. By 6:45Pm, all the activities were done and winners and runners up in both categories of netball and football were awarded for their efforts with goats and trophies respectively by the youth chaplain of Uganda Martyrs Namugongo parish.
In conclusion, I wish to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following; The entire games and sports committee of Uganda Martyrs Namugongo parish for organizing these kind of events for the youths where we not only compete to win but also get to know each other, creating friendship, sharing ideas and knowledge with one another as well as promoting and improving on our talents. Please keep it up! Special thanks also goes to the “Ssaabavvubuka” (youth leader)-Gerald for dedicating himself towards promoting the happiness and joy of his fellow youths and making sure that they fully utilize their youthful stage. Finally, I also wish to convey my appreciation to the rector of Don Bosco CALM Community of Namugongo and his entire staff plus St. Antony sub-parish Community for giving us this opportunity as youths to display our talents and enjoy our youthful stage to the fullest. May the Almighty God blesses you and showers you all with His unending blessings! Long live Uganda Martyrs Namugongo parish, long Live St. Antony Sub-parish…!!!