The project under the monitoring of the local Table Tennis governing body - UTTA officially kicked off on 25th October and it is expected to reach its climax on 27th November 2021 at Old Kampala Sports center.
The Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) kick started a project
that is intended to increase and popularize the sport among the girls to play Table Tennis more in Uganda.
The project's main objective is to increase the number of girls playing the Table Tennis in Uganda. The project targets girls aged 8 - 13 years to keep them away from bad peer influence, drugs,
dangerous idleness, early pregnancies and to keep them physically fit.
The project under the monitoring of the local Table
Tennis governing body - UTTA officially kicked off on 25th October and it is
expected to reach its climax on 27th November 2021 at Old Kampala
According to Robert Jagwe, President Uganda Table Tennis
Association the Project has 120 girls participating. These are all totally new
players of the Table Tennis sport in Uganda.
The participating Centers are seven including Makerere
Secondary School, Zion Primary School, Amazing Grace Schools, Kidawalime
Primary School, St. Bernard Primary School, Green Valley Primary School and
Kampala Academy Primary School.
However, Jaggwe told Uganda Radio Network – URN that two
more Centers including JB Tamwesigire TT Center and Quality International School were later
added on to benefit from the induction of new table tennis players in Uganda
Jaggwe also confirmed that the Project is majorly funded by
ITTF which provided US$1,500 (5.3 million Ugx) together with
Yako Bank and the National Council of sports. The Table Tennis boss made it
clear that all tables used will be left at each of the participating centers in
a bid to popularize the game in schools
The coaches handling this project include Edith Namukasa who is the Assistant Project Coordinator
Edward Koboyi, Irene Wotanabela, Flavia Amaniyo, Deborah Wandera and Norah Nabukwasi.
Jaggwe said they are glad Yako Bank
and the National council of sports are funding the project, adding that they are
planning for a bigger project next year.
//Cue in: we are extremely happy …
Cue out: …. At the bigger scale.”//
Jaggwe said UTTA will also embark on organizing trials for players that will represent
Uganda in the Commonwealth Games next year.