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Premier Skills in female referees’ training programme

33 Uganda Female referees in training programme:

Female Referees Training Course:

22nd – 26th July 2014

Njeru Technical Center

The Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council is back in Uganda to train female referees in the country.

“Premier Skills Female Referee training course will take place from 22 July, 2014 to 26 July 2014; with intensive training for 33 female referees selected from across Uganda”, Millicent Mugabi, the Programme Manager, British Council Uganda told

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FUFA Female Referee, Anna Akoyi officating at the Airtel Rising Stars Season IV girls football.

Premier Skills uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, drawing upon the global appeal of the Premier League and its expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network and track record of delivery.

Through Premier Skills, young people, often including the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and to raise their self-esteem.

The course in Uganda will be co-facilitated by International Women’s Super League referee, Sarah Garratt, and Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) referee instructor Margaret Kubingi.

The course is being jointly organized by the British Council, Premier League and FUFA.

The 5 day course will offer participants a combination of both classroom and practical sessions in an enjoyable environment. Sessions will cover the Laws of the game, practical advice and guidelines which they will use to referee within their own communities.
“The opportunity provided by this training will help in football development in Uganda. Refereeing is one of the 4 main domains in football, and the acquisition of these skills builds capacity and creates experts who have a high degree of integrity and discipline. We are happy to be doing this with Premier Skills.” FUFA technical Director, Asuman Lubowa adds.

Peter Brown, Country Director British Council Uganda is glad the programme is here and praises it role towards lifting professionalism among female referees in Uganda.
“Our purpose is to connect people in the UK to people in other countries and football is a great way to do that. We are proud of our partnership with the Premier League and are delighted to be extending the Premier Skills offering in Uganda through working with local partners like FUFA.
The course will help to promote the professionalism of women’s football in Uganda and provide personal skills that can be applied to every day challenging issues in their communities

About Premier Skills:

Premier Skills is our international partnership with the Premier League operating in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia.

Since it began in 2007, 2,300 coaches and referees have been trained, who in turn have reached a further 500,000 young people. 6,000 teachers have received training in the use of the Premier Skills English materials, with 3.5 million views of the materials online.

The target for Premier Skills is to reach 25 countries by 2016.

It aims to train a further 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.

Main Photo: FUFA Female Referee, Anna Akoyi officating at the Airtel Rising Stars Season IV girls football.

Photo Credits: FUFA Communications Department

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