In efforts geared towards improving productivity among staff at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), the institution organized a sports day for staff members to leverage on the positive effects brought about by physical activities such as raised morale and motivation, team building, positive mood and atmosphere in the working environment.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, said the sports day will go a long way in helping staff to bond, build better inter personal communication and forge harmony.
The Vice Chancellor reported that plans were underway to make sports day a bi-annual activity but Covid-19 had worked against this desire.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal, JKUAT Karen Campus, Prof. Jackson Kwanza, the Vice Chancellor stated that the event goes beyond physical exercise, further explaining that “beyond the obvious health benefits associated with sports, sports can also teach us much more about life; from teamwork, getting along with others, to working together to achieve a common goal”.
Prof. Ngumi stated that sport is critical in enhancing the University’s core values by producing talented and holistic students and staff.
“JKUAT endeavors to attract, develop, motivate and retain a multi-skilled workforce while nurturing a consultative work environment and the interdepartmental sports day remains one of the avenues of achieving this noble objective,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Staff had an opportunity to showcase their talent in an array of sporting activities such as soccer 7 aside, sack race, egg on spoon race, 100 meters’ race for 50 year olds and above, 4 by 4 relays, swimming and tug-of-war.