The FUFA-UEFA Assist League Development Programme officially started on Monday at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.
The workshop that will run for five days is aimed at improving capacity building among Uganda Premier League clubs with emphasis put on areas such as governance, competitions and operations.
The programme was officially opened up by FUFA President, Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim who welcomed three officials from UEFA namely Eva Pasquier (UEFA Head of International Relations), Miranda De Araujo Pedro Correia and Kenneth Macleod (UEFA Professional League Development Expert).
Club Chairmen/Presidents, CEOs, Uganda Premier League Secretariat and officials from FUFA were also in attendance.
FUFA President indicated that such engagements help in improving domestic competitions thus aiding in fulfilling the Federation’s targets.
“It is another opportunity for us to continue with our vision of becoming the number one footballing nation in Africa on and off the pitch. To achieve this we must work within the set hat trick that talks about Professionalization of League Football, taking football to every homestead (mass football) and attaining sporting world-class excellence,” he said in his opening remarks.
“Over the years, we have had several interventions to make our League better. For instance this journey started in 2010 with the Jinja Declaration Committee, then we have also tried to set standards through two tools that is FUFA Club Licensing and the FUFA Clubs Pro Agenda.” The President added.
Eva Pasquier, the head of International Relations at UEFA insinuated that such programmes are aimed at assisting different Federations across the world especially with capacity building.
“I’m happy to be in Uganda again after two years. Of course one would ask why UEFA is coming to Africa but our intention is to assist, share and exchange ideas because if we work together, it becomes easy to develop the game of football. Therefore, the five days in Uganda will be about generating ideas and putting them into practice.”
In the opening session, Pedro Correia took the club administrators through different ownership modules, giving both the advantages and disadvantages in each.
These included Private, Institutional and Membership ownership modules.
“For any club to gain stability and growth, ownership must be clear. Every club must design an ideal structure that suits them.” He stated.
He also tackled competions as another key area of focus, indicating different countries create suiting formats. Either home and away basis or knockout format etc.
In the afternoon session, Macleod an expert on League Development dwelled on four aspects that included high performance, roles of a technical director, game modeling and creation of player pathways.
The workshop will continue on Tuesday with finance and communication officers from each of the 16 clubs attending.
Other topics will be discussed until Friday when the Programme will come to an end.
Uganda Premier League CEO, Bernard Bainamani believes this workshop will help clubs to improve in capacity building.
“As Uganda Premier League, we are glad to host UEFA. This workshop fits into FUFA’s pentagon that looks at the game in five key areas that is Governance, Business, Sport, Hardware and People-ware. Basically, the FUFA-UEFA Assist League Development Programme is here to help us improve in capacity building.” He said.