The Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA has embarked on plans to establish a national sports management institute with the aim of improving the level of professionalism in the different sporting disciplines in the country.
The institute is envisaged to offer training to sports managers, marketers, agents, coaches and referees sourced from different sporting disciplines. Speaking to journalists on Saturday, FUFA’s head of Football Development, Ronnie Kalema, said that they have since identified surplus land at their Njeru based FUFA technical centre to accommodate training facilities for other sporting disciplines.
Kalema argues that several individuals have failed to maximize the opportunities embedded within their sporting talents due to a lack of professionalism. He, however, says that with the proposed institute, most of them will acquire world-class skills in sports management and sustainability.
According to Kalema, FUFA has already hired a consultant who will liaise with the National Council of sports-NCS to draft a training curriculum, which will be reviewed by the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE to expedite the licensing of the institute.
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Joan Namusisi, the Head of Women's football in Fufa, says that professionalism is key to increasing the competitiveness of individual sports personalities while representing the country at the different regional, continental and international levels.
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Fagil Mandy, an educationist with expertise in physical education says that FUFA's technical centre meets the standards of training professional footballing skills.
He wants players within the sporting sector to spearhead the construction of standard training facilities for other sporting disciplines in a bid to establish a world-class sports training institute.