Almost 30 coaches participated in the FIFA Women’s Coaching Course that ended on Friday at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru-Jinja.
The five day course was aimed at developing methods for coaches who handle women football in Uganda. The course also centred on how to coach female players both technically and tactically as well as understanding the specific characters of female players.
The course follows FIFA’s donation of equipment to all the 12 teams playing in the FUFA Women’s Elite League that is on recess now after the completion of the first round.
According to FUFA 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha who presided at the closing ceremony, he says that both FIFA and FUFA are committed to see the women game grow in the country.
‘The association is fully committed to develop the feminine side of the game and I can assure you the world’s soccer governing body, FIFA clearly is impressed with the progress in Uganda’
‘We shall organize some international fixtures but only after setting up strong structures to help in selecting the national team to compete at the highest level’
‘It is my wish to see you coaches exercising the skills you have acquired as it is the only way the federation can benefit from its laid strategies’
The five-day course was partitioned into theory and practical sessions which used players from the St Steven Buyala Budondo and Nile Vocational Training Institute.
The coaches were given plenty of opportunities to learn more about the game to improve the levels of coaching in their clubs, schools, teams and regional academies.
The course was conducted by FIFA Instructor Jacqueline Shipanga who captained the Namibia National Women soccer team from 1994-2004 and she’s also the current National team coach since 2007.
This was her second visit to Uganda but has been impressed with FUFA’s women’s football programme.
‘It is great to see an association fully support women’s football and judging by the enthusiasm and discipline of the young female players FUFA is doing a great job in developing women’s football”.
Course participants (27 in total) included many coaches and players from the FUFA Women Elite League, schools and academies.
MAIN PHOTO: Participants enjoying a light moment at the FUFA Technical centre.
Photo credit: FUFA Communications department