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Pool Association of Uganda revels in a Shs1Bn sponsorship boost

The Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) on Thursday 13 June, unveiled a One billion sponsorship package from Nile Special. This was revealed during a press briefing held in Luzira.

The two-year deal will see NBL commit Shs. 523 million to the sport annually, becoming headline sponsors of the National Pool League and the National Open.

National Council of Sports (NCS) Chairman Ambrose Taahobya represented the minister of sports, while Douglas Karema (NBL) and Bob Trubish (PAU) attended the historic event.

Rewarding Excellence 

The National Open qualifiers will commence next month, July, across 320 venues and 40 regional centers, before culminating in a thrilling grand finale at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium in November 2024, where fans will witness the captivating action of both the National League and the National Open on various platforms.

The champions of the National Open, both men and women, will be rewarded handsomely. 

They will not only drive away in brand new cars but will also receive substantial cash prizes: UGX 5 million for the men’s champion and UGX 3 million for the women’s champion. 

Runners-up in both categories will be presented with standard pool tables on top of cash prizes. Furthermore, male players who reach the last 16 stage and female players who reach the last 8 stage at the Lugogo finals will be rewarded with cash prizes. 

Uplifting the National League

The National League is poised for an exciting transformation through this sponsorship. The format will be revamped to include 16 men’s and 8 women’s teams. The league will start in July 2024 and conclude with the league awards at the end of January 2025. 

Individual accolades will also be awarded to outstanding players, including the league’s top scorers and Most Valuable Players (MVPs). 

This partnership introduces a groundbreaking initiative: all participating clubs will receive UGX 3 million worth of facilitation to bolster their operational capabilities. 

Speaking on behalf of PAU, Bob Trubish termed the partnership a landmark achievement for the Ugandan pool and said the substantial investment will have a profound impact on the sport.

“The financial support, along with innovative initiatives like club facilitation and livestreaming, will create a more vibrant and competitive environment for our players. We are thrilled to embark on this journey and showcase the best of the Ugandan pool to the nation, the continent, and the wider world.” 

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