SOC Referees Academy Uganda

SOC Referees Academy Uganda

Date: 25-03-2014

In February Sports Officials Consultancy visited Uganda to deliver a range of development programmes for their referees, their volunteer workforce and to launch the first referee academy of its kind in Africa.

Sports Officials Consultancy sets up a Referee Academy in Uganda...

This was only made possible through a range of collaborative partners including the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Federation of Ugandan Football Federations (FUFA) and The Ugandan Minister for Sport and Education. 

The seven day course for beginners, senior referees and match assessors has given the instructors a lot of hope that the future is bright for Uganda as they are keen to build solid foundations for their referee development programme. This was followed by the launch of their first Referee Academy made up of the trainee referees who were students from Makerere, MUBS and Kyambogo Universities in Kampala, who were currently going through their basic referee course. 

We were the guests of FUFA who made us feel very welcome and we were so impressed with what we had seen and experienced during our visit, the levels of passion and enthusiasm were high as was the will and desire to succeed and to be the best they could be. Whilst we met with key members of FUFA including the President Moses Magogo, the CEO Edgar Watson and the FUFA Referees Committee we were also there to look at the possibilities of supporting the development of officiating in other sports. With this is mind, we were privileged to meet with the Minster of Sport and Education who was very enthusiastic about what we could offer and has arranged for further meetings with Sports officials Consultancy representative Yusuf Awuye who coordinated our visit. Yusuf is a former FIFA Referee and a lecturer at Victoria University in Kampala. ‘We are targeting students between the ages of 9-14 so that they develop an interest in football and refereeing’ said Awuye and believes that involving young people will help to give them the chance to experience the passion for refereeing at a young age. It is a pilot project in Africa that was endorsed by the Confederation of African football (CAF).

FUFA president Engineer Moses Magogo was happy to receive the officials. ‘The visit has come at the right time. We want to improve our referees and train instructors in Uganda’ said Magogo shortly after discussing developmental issues with Janie Frampton.

The FUFA CEO Edgar Watson was grateful to Sports Officials Consultancy for coming to Uganda and passing on necessary information to the referees. ‘This course will help many referees, assessors and instructors. It is important that they make use of the opportunity’ said Watson.

 

Sports officials carrying out their duties.