Earlier in the year arete Australia donated football kits to the children attending the Balamu Football Academy. We recently received an update from founder of the academy, Moses Wambale, describing the successes and challenges the academy has faced since the donation and their hopes for the future and all those who currently attend the academy and future attendees.
The enrichment that the academy brings to the young boys and girls in the Mukono region goes well beyond providing a sports team. They are providing a better future to the children than that which is currently available to them.
Below is a snapshot of their successes and challenges since we last spoke to them in March and their plans to continue to improve many lives in Wasswa Village and the surrounding villages that have access to the academy.
Thanks to the donation of the football kits by arete Australia the academy has a more professional feel to it, which is driving the teachers and coaches to deliver knowledge and skills with a more professional manner to help the development within Wasswa Village. The kits have also changed the attitude of the kids with a stronger focus on professional careers and education opportunities.
The academy strive to provide education opportunities to unprivileged children within the surrounding villages of Wasswa. By participating in friendly games and tournaments the children have the opportunity to be scouted by local schools and given a sporting scholarship. Four children were offered sporting scholarships through these matches and are now continuing their education in local primary and secondary schools.
Though they have faced a few challenges over the last several months, such as limited funds available to send their qualifying team to the National Youth Championships and the many children that are suffering through the hardships of the loss of their parents, the Academy is relentless in its vision to provide better opportunities and futures for the children of Uganda.
They’re pushing forward with new ideas and plans to make their academy more inclusive and provide other opportunities for children who may not be interested in playing football. The introduction of running teams to provide opportunities for scouts to see children who have a natural running ability, and as is the goal for the academy, secure a sports scholarship to help more children receive an education in spite of the hardships they face that would usually prevent them from accessing an education.
arete are proud to have sponsored the Balmu Football academy and will continue to provide updates on their progress.
Included are photos of the U15's team before a match at the National Championship Qualifiers, on the pitch during one of their many matches for the day and with their certificates after finishing second overall in the qualifiers for the greater Mukono sub region.