Where we started

In 1995, it was 25 years since the formation of KAVC.  KAVC decided to invite top teams from Rwanda and a team from Holland to join it in a tournament to celebrate this fact.  Four teams from Rwanda, Kigali Volleyball Club (men and women), Rwanda Patriotic Army (APR), and National University of Rwanda, travelled to Kampala.  From Holland, a ladies team Oranje Nassau, arrived for this silver jubilee.  From Kampala we had KAVC (men and women), KCC (women), Dairy Corporation and Uganda Clays.  We also had a young team from Kumi District started by one of KAVC’s founders Doctor Wilson Ojikan-Odeke, called Kumi Rangers.  The tournament appropriately named KAVC’25 , was very successful.

The following year KAVC decided to make the tournament an annual event and to invite top teams from more neighbouring countries of Kenya, Congo, Burundi and Tanzania.  It was decided then to name the tournament MEMshort for Founders’ Memorial and to play it in memory of Dr. Wilson Ojikan-Odeke, one of the four founders of the club in 1970 and who passed away on 7th December 1995.  Ultimately the MEM has evolved into a celebration of the foundation of KAVC with special recognition to the pioneer founder members, Neko Muduse-Ojala, late Dr. Wilson Ojikan-Odeke, Ahmed Jetha and Ms. Erika Selzam who were former students of Makerere University back then.

The numerous editions have witnessed participation from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan alongside Uganda’s own big names. In 2013 having partnered with NSSF for five years since 2008 we saw it plausible to accord NSSF the naming rights. And since the 17th edition the Founder’s Memorial Tournament took on a fresh naming” NSSF KAVC INTERNATIONAL”

 

Objective:

The ultimate aim of the NSSF KAVC INTERNATIONAL is to provide the best premier clubs in Uganda an affordable high level volleyball competitive environment through convergence of the regions’ top teams under the premise of celebrating the foundation of Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club way back in 1970. Exposing a significant number of Ugandan teams to prime competition has the composite effect of continuously raising the standard of the game in the entire country and region. This is one of the key contributions to the development of volleyball in the country and region by NSSF in partnership with KAVC

 

Reigning Champions:

The winners of last year’s edition were men UNIK (formerly INATEK VC) from Rwanda (also won 2013, 2015) and women debuts ASPIRE VC from Kenya. They vied against SKY VC of Uganda and Rwanda Revenue Authority respectively in finals.

Reigning Personalities (2016):

 

  Accolade WOMEN MEN
Name Team Cty Name Team Cty
1 Best Attacker Moim Mercy ASPIRE KEN Akumuntu Kavalo UNIK RWA
2 Best Blocker Bwisa Edith ASPIRE KEN Sibomana Placide UNIK RWA
3 Best Defender Nzayisenga Charlotte RRA RWA Jimmy Mwaniki NAIROBI KEN
4 Best Receiver Belinda Jepkirui NDEJJE UGA Emmanuel Kato SKY VC UGA
5 Best Server Seraphine Mukantambara RRA RWA Olivier Ntagengwa UNIK RWA
6 Best Setter Wacu Jane ASPIRE KEN Elisha Aliwa NAIROBI KEN
7 Best Libero Nandaula Flavia NKUMBA UGA Isiagi Elias SKY UGA
8 Most Valuable Player Blackcides Agala ASPIRE KEN Malinga Karthbart SKY VC UGA

 

Past Finalists

Year Edn #Teams Nations G Champion Cty Runner-up Cty Score
2016 20th 21 KEN, RWA, UGA M UNIK VC RWA SKY VC UGA 3 : 1
W ASPIRE Volleyball Club KEN Rwanda Rev. Authority RWA 3 : 0
2015 19th 22 BDI, RWA, SSD, UGA M INATEK VC RWA SPORT S UGA 3 : 1
W Rwanda Rev. Authority RWA NDEJJE University UGA 3 : 1
2014 18th 21 BDI, RWA, UGA M SKY VC UGA INATEK VC RWA 3 : 1
W Rwanda Rev. Authority RWA VVC UGA 3 : 0
2013 17th 20 BDI, KEN, RWA, UGA M INATEK VC RWA Administration Police KEN 3 : 1
W NKUMBA University UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 2
2012 16th 17 BDI, RWA, UGA M SPORT S UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 1
W KCCA UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 0
2011 15th 16 KEN, BDI, UGA M KAVC UGA SPORT S UGA 3 : 0
W KCCA UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 0
2010 14th 15 BDI, DRC, KEN, RWA, UGA M MUZINGA BDI SPORT S UGA 3 : 2
W KCC UGA RUHANGO RWA 3 : 0
2009 13th 15 BDI, RWA, UGA M SPORT S UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 2
W KCC UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 2
2008 12th 16 KEN, RWA, UGA M Kigali Volleyball Club RWA KAVC UGA 3 : 1
W KAVC UGA KCC UGA 3 : 1
2007 11th 18 BDI, KEN, RWA, UGA M SPORT S UGA National University of Rwanda RWA 3 : 2
W KCC UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 0
2006 10th 12 KEN, RWA, UGA M SPORT S UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 2
W KCC UGA KAVC UGA 3 : 2
2005 9th 12 RWA, UGA M APR RWA KAVC UGA 3 : 0
W KAVC UGA KCC UGA 3 : 2
2004 8th 17 KEN, RWA, UGA M Kigali Volleyball Club RWA Nairobi City Council KEN 3 : 1
W Nairobi City Council KEN KAVC UGA 3 : 1
2003 7th 11 RWA, UGA M Blue Tiger RWA KAVC UGA 3 : 2
W KAVC UGA KCC UGA 3 : 2
2002 6th 20 KEN, RWA, UGA M Nzoia Sugar Works KEN Blue Tiger RWA 3 : 2
W KAVC UGA KCC UGA 3 : 0
2001 5th 26 BDI, DRC, KEN, RWA, UGA M AMASATA RWA Kigali Volleyball Club RWA 3 : 2
W KAVC UGA KCC UGA 3 : 0
2000 4th 15 KEN, RWA, BDI M KAVC UGA Old Kampala VC UGA 3 : 0
W NCBD KEN KAVC UGA 3 : 2

 

Championship Tally

 

Men

Trophies Team Country
6 KAVC – Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club Uganda
4 SPORT S Uganda
3 UNIK (INATEK VC) Rwanda
2 Kigali Volleyball Club Rwanda
1 MUZINGA VC Burundi
1 APR VC Rwanda
1 Blue Tiger Rwanda
1 Nzoia Sugar Works Kenya
1 SKY VC Uganda

 

Women

Trophies Team Country
8 KAVC – Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club Uganda
6 KCCA Uganda
2 RRA – Rwanda Revenue Authority Rwanda
1 Nairobi City Council Kenya
1 NCBD – Nairobi Central Business District Kenya
1 NKUMBA University Uganda
1 ASPIRE Volleyball Club Kenya