Sports form an integral part of local communities and teams often foster a sense of family and identity. Sports has also the powerful ability to draw people together, even beyond international borders, help to build strong communities, and contribute to the creation of healthier, happier individuals. Ugandan are sports mad, particularly for football, and many, dream of becoming the next star. Unfortunately, proper coaching is often lacking, but with a little push sport can help turn desperate communities into ones which believe. This is where you come in!
What will I be doing?
As a volunteer on our sports programme, you will engage in two primary activities: helping with sport education in a local school and assisting a community team with training and coaching. Your role in the school will often concentrate on assisting a local teacher with sports and Physical Education (PE) lessons, helping to engage the next generation in sport.
Your second role will revolve around helping out a more experienced sports team. Many local football teams meet up for afternoon or evening sessions and are often desperate for a little coaching or help. Even if you are not a professional coach your willingness to get stuck in will be of great benefit, and training sessions are always great fun! Our work with these teams also has a more serious side. Many are composed of young men, often without jobs or the prospect of getting one. Working with these vulnerable groups is vital keeping them motivated, and sport offers a fantastic structured environment, often creating a valuable sense of community identity.
Our volunteer programs are based both in the town of Fort Portal, which is located 300 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala and in Jinja town about 80 Kilometers east of the capital city of Kampala. The volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.