Situated in Equatorial Africa and with an approximate population of 28.2 million people, Uganda is similar in area to the size of Great Britain. It is a country with a troubled past but it is also a country with renewed hope. Onside Soccer partners with a number of projects in Kampala, the capital city, organising both football and basketball training and developing a mentorship programme for the kids who come along.
Children turning up to play at one of the monthly tournaments in Kampala
Onside Soccer started working in Uganda in 2012 when a team from the UK went across to Kampala to run a children's summer camp. On returning to the U.K. we employed Moses Kalanzi to develop our football project across Uganda and Moses has now helped establish one of the best football academy networks in the country. We now have a permanent project in Kampala which is run by Moses, plus two additional projects in Mpigi and at the Abato Foundation. We employ two additional assistant coaches (Kenny and Patrick) as well as a team of additional volunteers. Moses and his team of coaches organise weekly training sessions for children from the slum areas of Kampala and also runs monthly tournaments, with local teams invited to participate.
We have also built up a strong relationship with the Uganda Youth Soccer Academy, an organisation expertly led by Ivan Kakembo. The UYSA currently has eight coaches and carries out training sessions every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening. They also run a child sponsorship scheme, bringing children into a safe environment and providing them with food, shelter and an education.
Our ongoing target for our work in Uganda is to build on the foundations we have put in place. We have taken equipment and kit across to the projects mentioned above to allow them to expand on the already fantastic work that they are doing and we now hope to be able to provide further training for some of the coaches in sports evangelism. We will be taking more groups of volunteers back to Uganda to assist these coaches as they reach out to their communities.