As it seeks to roll out its activity calendar for the year 2021, the American Football Federation of Uganda (AFFU) has revealed that it is set to hold clinics across the country.
According to AFFU President – Steven George Okeng, the budding local football governing body will have a queit busy 2021 as they seek to make up for the time lost last year during the Covid-19 lockdown that forced sport to grind to a halt.
“We are having several clinics coming up including Joshua Akena football Camp (August), Trevin Howard 2021 Football Clinic (July), JW (Jeremiah Washburn) Football Camp (June) that will be enrolled out in the whole country, and several others that we are yet to confirm,” Okeng said in an interview, with the clinics set to be headlined by the very said individuals.
“We also expect Super Bowl Champion Tanoh Kpassagnon with Kansas City Chiefs to head down here for a two-week football development program. We believe this shall go a long way in developing our relationship with the NFL star,” Okeng added.
According to Okeng, the beneficiaries of this upcoming clinics include; schools, athletes, match officials and more largely the federation, an initiative that is set to open up AFFU’s capabilities as they prepare to accommodate more schools and athletes.
Most of these clinics will take two weeks but AFFU is working on an exchange program where it will have volunteer coaches come and stay up to three months with the players and officials.
Some of the key facilities that will be used are; Lira University (Northern region) Kyambogo University (Central region), Ntare School (Western region) and Teso College Aloet (Eastern region).
As AFFU seek to build partnerships, Okeng believes that the clinics will boost the federation’s presence in the mainstream media, get more athletes joining the game, train more match officials, activate the Tackle Football programme and also offer scholarships to its athletes.
AFFU also has pending trials and friendlies it seeks to hold but are dependant on the federation’s financial capacity to make them happen.