The 5 day long course at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru was organised and facilitated by FIFA instructor Kim Poulsen on the request of FUFA ahead of the rebranded FUFA Juniors league this season. It was intended to equip the coaches in Uganda with modern trends of the game and how to handle young footballers.
A total of 29 coaches with the majority coming from the junior sides of the Uganda Premier League (UPL) teams and a couple of others attended the course. It was also graced by female coaches who icnluded National women football team coach Faridah Bulega, one of her assistants Olive Mbekeka and the FUFA Women Development officer Joan Namusisi who celebrated her birthday on the same day.
Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu who officiated the closing ceremony and presented the participants with their certificates applauded the instructor for the efforts and time, the participants for having taken on the course that is key to the development of youth football in the country. He also thanked the FUFA Executive Commitee for approving the course.
‘FUFA is channeling the focus to development teams because we know they will form a firm foundation for our stronger National teams. The youth form the future of football and you are the foot soldiers who are building this dream. FUFA is counting on the coaches and that is why it is very committed to empower and improve on capacity building’ commented Mandu.
‘We have done and exchanged a lot of ideas. I am pleased by your overall performance and certain that after all those practicals you are going to be very important and resourceful to help build dreams in this country. You have been a very strong group of coaches, active during the sessions and very eager to do well in the practicals on the pitch. This course was meant to try to give you a little input and try to help you down the road to success in future with the U17 league and the other teams you work with. This is just a small input, the person to continue this development is yourself. It’s about how you approach coaching, today you have the possibility to access a lot of information using technology’ Kim Poulsen remarked in his speech at the closing ceremony.
Poulsen went on to appeal to the coaches to always reach out to him for guidance, more knowledge and clarification as they attempt to put into practice what they acquired in the course.
As it is the norm with all the visitors., Mwebe presented Mr. Poulsen with the beautiful and adorable Uganda Cranes jersey in appreciation of his efforts and contribution to the development of football in the country while the coaches gave their instructor a piece of beautiful textile and craft.
The course was managed by the FUFA football Development Director Mr. Ali Mwebe and the FUFA Human Resource Capacity Building ManagerJackson Nyiima.
MAIN PHOTO: Participants with the FIFA Instructor Kim Poulsen and Chief Guest FUFA Deputy CEO Humprehy Mandu in a group photo