Earlier this week, the buzz around the media was that of the new threads acquired by Black Pearls Rugby Club. Not the oldest of teams in the Uganda women’s format of the game but one that can be identified by their exciting brand of rugby. A team that has disrupted the dominion of traditional sides; Thunderbirds and Black Panthers.
It’s no surprise that they caught the attention of the global fashion apparel retail group; Giordano – a brand based in Hong Kong set to extend its influence all across Africa along with their partner STINGZ which is a pro sportswear brand.
The current URU women’s sevens champions were gifted a full kit package for the team of 23 as well as their coaching and medical staff (Tops, shorts, socks, and polos).
In their own words
Women’s rugby teams in Uganda are used to getting donated kit that is usually incomplete, too big, not in their preferred colours and without club name and logo. Due to the lack of funding in women’s rugby, it goes without saying that we appreciate every donation that we get and it is definitely better than not having any kit to play in.
However, Giordano stepping in to sponsor a full playing home strip for Black Pearls is an awesome gesture on their part and Black Pearls is proud to be linked with a renowned global brand. Women’s rugby, and indeed women’s sport in Uganda, is often neglected yet simple things such as players properly attired for league games can play a role towards lifting the image of the sport.Helen Koyokoyo Buteme – Black Pearls Rugby club Coach
Giordano International Limited decided to gift the Uganda 7’s defending champions Black Pearls with a kit package for their continued hard work.
As Giordano, we had to look at a women’s side in Uganda since we already had 2 men’s Rugby teams; Impis Rugby Club and Uganda martyrs Nkozi plus a football team Amuka Bright Stars donning the Giordano Brand.
The Black Pearls new Rugby kit was a special request targeted to be the most stunning ladies kit in Africa. Many thanks to our partner Stingz for bringing to life such a beautiful gear for the ladies.Phillip Adruf – Brand Ambassador in Uganda, Giordano International Limited
Who are the Black Pearls
Black Pearls was founded in 2018 and is the sister club to the Stanbic Black Pirates based in Bweyogerere, Uganda. Black Pearls is a very youthful team with an average age of 20 years albeit boasting several Uganda international 7’s and 15’s players.
They are coached by Helen Koyokoyo Buteme and are the current Uganda Rugby Union 7’s champions. Black Pearls are captained by 2016 USPA female rugby player of the year; Grace Auma and assisted by Mary Gloria Ayot.
Also within it’s ranks are Charlotte Thereza Mudoola and Emilly Lekuru who bring international experience garnered outside of Lady Cranes assignments to the team. Charlotte represented Uganda at the 2009 World Cup but has also featured for Find Rugby Now, an international Barbarians style 7’s team, at invitational international tournaments.
Emilly, made her debut for Uganda 7’s in 2017 at 17 years old and was the 2018 USPA female player of the year as well as the 2014 URU under 19 player of the year and 2014 under 19 Safari 7’s MVP. Emilly also spent 3 months last year (2019) on the St. Bedes College International Rugby Programme (IRP) in Christchurch, New Zealand and became the first Ugandan woman to play club rugby in New Zealand featuring for Marist Albion Rugby Club and Canterbury B.