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Tenth East Africa Cup about to start in Tanzania

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Tenth East Africa Cup about to start in Tanzania

Excitement is building ahead of the regional event which uses sport as a tool for education and community development in East Africa.

The opening ceremony of the East Africa Cup, on 25 June, will launch the latest edition of a regional event that is now in its tenth year. For the third year running, sportanddev will bring you first-hand reporting of the six-day event in Moshi, Tanzania.

The East Africa Cup (EAC) is a youth sport, education and cultural event for boys and girls aged 11-16 years; it also gathers sport and development practitioners and leaders from across East Africa and internationally for workshops and seminars. The tournament is organised by Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA), KRIK Norway, CHRISC East Africa and Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA).

The tournament welcomes teams from all tribal and religious groups and approximately half of all participants are female. Over the past decade, it has grown exponentially and this year there will be around 100 sports and cultural teams involved. The priority of the tournament is education with a focus on the health and wellbeing of young people.

This year’s event features several new developments including the introduction of a cutting edge child safeguarding initiative, put together in partnership with the Keeping Children Safe Network, Norwegian Sports Council and Save the Children using the international standards for safeguarding children in sport. This will include child safeguarding training for security personnel.

Look out for sportanddev’s coverage from Tanzania in the coming days.

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Paul Hunt

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 23:00