Traveling for a soccer match in Gulu, northern Uganda
Summary of Activities
Moving the Program Forward
RMF has continued to implement our sports development program, which is promoting psychological wellbeing, life skills, and cooperation among the youth. The program has helped diffuse some of the tension existing between different tribes from South Sudan.
During this reporting period, the following activities were carried out:
- Conducted regular soccer trainings and organized matches both inside and outside of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.
- The team made a trip to Kampala, where they were hosted by the Airtel Rising Stars in Gayaza. This was a great opportunity for sharing experiences.
- The project purchased essential training equipment, including balls, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats. This has led to easy identification during training and competitions. It has also attracted more participants to the program and created more confidence in the existing players because they are adequately facilitated.
- Maintained and greened the playing fields that are being used for practice.
- Conducted 2 dialogue sessions with the players to help build discipline and good habits among the participants.
- Throughout the reporting period, coaches of the different teams have been meeting together, which helps them coordinate the training activities of the program. During these meetings, the coaches are able to evaluate their performance, and this has become an important part of moving the program forward.
The coaches with Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner (center right)
Results and Accomplishments
Attracting Media Attention, Providing Scholarships
The program hosted a total of 3 teams from other districts and 4 teams from the host community. This has been a good avenue for interaction and, consequently, creating bonds of friendship among participants.
Additionally, RMF purchased essential sports training items, including balls, cones, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats, among others.
A special training session was conducted for the coaches by Asuman Lubega, an expert in soccer and a general advisor of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) House Uganda. During these sessions, the coaches were taught special skills for managing a team.
The sports development program has started attracting media attention. During the reporting period, the StarTimes TV crew came and conducted media interviews with the participants. This is helping to create publicity for the program.
The sports program has enabled some participants to secure scholarships for secondary school.