The beach soccer coaching course organized by Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) began on Tuesday 10th October 2023 at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
It was initially scheduled for July but it was pushed forward due to various reasons. Participants have come from different corners of Africa, with some coming from Kenya and Nigeria.
Nineteen coaches got into the training that is being conducted by FUFA instructor Bashir Mutyaba and everyone is showing the zeal to learn.
Among the coaches in attendance are; Kinero Swaleh – Harambee Sand Stars head coach, former Sand Cranes head coach – Muwonge Salim, Standard High School – Zzana coach – Mutungi Alleluya, Eng. Ssenfuma Timothy and Lance corporal Kutosi Daniel from UPDF (Gulu barracks).
The course, which is intended to improve the quality of coaches in our local league, will take four days – ending on Friday 13th October 2023.
“We organized this course to help us in the new season that kicks off in a few weeks from now and we hope that after here, clubs are going to have the right and licensed coaches,” Chairman UBSA Deo Mutabazi said.
“All of you that are here are going to get certificates and bench permits which will allow you to coach a team.”
“Coaches without bench permits will not be allowed to sit on the bench during games. It’s now a club licensing requirement.”
“These issues of getting someone on the bench to shout out instructions about a game he doesn’t know are now phased out.”
He continued and said:
“I want to request you to give this training serious attention because the game is changing on a daily basis and for some of you who have been at the international stage; you have seen how beach soccer is changing.”
“So, take this course seriously, put the right skills into our players so that the country benefits. The players that you are going to give the skills are the very players the national team gets to represent the country.”
“I am sure the time you are going to spend here will not be a waste. Utilize it very well because we want you to add some contribution onto the game.”
FUFA second vice president Darius Mugoye was the guest of honor at the opening function, and he reiterated that the federation is firmly focused on making Uganda the based footballing nation in Africa, on and off the field.
The vice president took some time off to applaud the coaches for serving the game diligently but also asked them to make the best use of the knowledge they are getting.
“Beach soccer is one of the fastest growing games not only in Uganda, not only in Africa but in the whole world,” he said.
“And for you choosing to associate yourself with it, I think it’s a very good decision. People normally want to associate themselves with things that have already taken off. They don’t want to be part of the process.”
“But I am very humbled to hear that engineers, some people from Kenya, Nigeria are here for the course.”
“Very many times coaches leave the classroom, hide the books and say the thing taught cannot work here, they are for the whites.”
“Therefore, I implore you to practice what is being taught, and at the same time, I officially declare this course opened.”
While in Njeru, the coaches are set to learn ball familiarity, coaching styles, training planning, training session structure, coach’s input during training, psychology and mentality, fitness training for beach soccer, match coaching, match analysis, formations, nutrition, injury prevention and rehabilitation, among others.
List of participants:
Kinero Swaleh (Harambee Sand Stars – Kenya NT), Kaddu Steven (Grace Church), Ngalire Geoffrey (Rubaga Youths), Musasizi Abdul Haliki ( Jinja Lions), Kutosi Daniel (Gulu), Lubowa Salim (Jiinja Lions), Kulika Ivan, Tayomba Solomon (Jinja Lions), Eng. Ssenfuma Timothy (Mutoola BSC), Omiat George (Kamuli), Joloba Yusuf (MS Sand Lions), Mutungi Alleluya ( Standard High School – Zzana), Isaac Ishioke (Nigeria), Bisaso Brian, Kimuli Tomasi (Mutoola), Kalanzi Gideon (Mutoola), Kalema Steven (Mutoola), Mukwata Peter Roland (Mutoola) and Muwonge Salim (Mutoola).
*Credit: UBSA media.