Ndume 7s Weekend

One of the highlights in the Pembroke House calendar has to be the annual Ndume 7s, the largest prep school rugby tournament in sub-saharan Africa.  Since its inception, back in 1977, the Ndume 7s have become a firm fixture and is now attended by 10 IAPS prep schools across Kenya, putting out teams from U11 and U13 and playing across all of our six pitches.

The previous weekend, Pembroke House had hosted an U13 ‘warm up’ tournament playing alongside the Vumbi select, a local Gilgil team, showing our commitment to grass roots sport in our local community and getting us in the mood for the main Nudme event.

Thanks to a couple of well-timed downpours, the pitches were in prime condition and ready for all the sporting action.  It was particularly great to see an increasing number of girls getting involved in the game and so many parents supporting the children from the touchlines, adding to the atmosphere.

We were grateful for all of the referees who gave their time and particularly proud to have Danny Grewcock, MBE (Former England Rugby) and Victor Odour (Word Rugby Level 3 accredited match official and centre referee for the Kenya World Cup Final 2023) amongst them, plus our very own Mr Paul Odera (Deputy Head Pastoral and former Kenyan Simbas Coach). Our warmest thanks also go to our 2023 Sponsors,; Ndume, Acquamist, KCB Bank, Samurai, Greenspoon, DBA Africa and Morendat who helped make our tournament possible.

The Ndume’s also incorporates a Public School’s Fair with visiting heads and representatives from 25 senior schools from the UK and South Africa which enabled prospective parents the opportunity to meet with and chat about senior school options for their children, when their Pembroke journey finally comes to an end.


The weekend was also an opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of our children, with two separate art exhibitions and the most wonderful Year 6 performance ‘Tender Is The Night’, a contemporary and comical take on ‘Romeo & Juliet’ where we watched the ‘Montague’ and ‘Capulet’ families quite literally ‘fight it out’ on stage as their emotions and old grudges took hold.