Sports activities in the country were suspended at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic; and no child involved in the academy activities from the Katanga slum project, had any hopes of celebrating Christmas or even receiving a gift.
“But at Uganda Youth Soccer Academy, we wanted to give them a Dream Christmas party, like event to show them that Santa Claus and Christmas was real,” noted Mr Ivan Kakembo – one of the directors.
In this Christmas spirit on Friday 18th December, the academy restarted its football training activities in Katanga slum with Christmas packages that included food, sports gear like jerseys, balls and so much more were delivered on Friday at the Katanga slum playground while observing COVID-19 standard operating procedures.
According to Uganda Youth Soccer Academy founder, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer- CEO Kakembo together with his family and friends, their goal was to reach out during this difficult time to help the children enjoy the beautiful game of football.
“We are committed together with our worldwide partners during this difficult Covid period to reach out to all the children involved in the academy from the Katanga slum project to provide more gently used sports equipment donated by our UK partners ProTouch Soccer Academy and The Higher Sports Academy to have the children enjoy the beautiful game of football rather than committing crimes,” he said.
Uganda Youth Soccer Academy also worked with UK-based fashion designer Nusurah Kaseruuzi and former West Ham football academy standout striker Moses Jjunju who offered a helping hand in procuring and distributing items to the children.
“We’ve been doing this charity for almost ten years now and I have been helping out whenever I can. Today we watched the kids play football, we’ve been here to distribute some food and drinks as our Christmas contribution to them,” Nusurah Kaseruuzi said.
About Uganda Youth Soccer Academy
UYSA is a non-profit soccer academy which supports and is dedicated to providing football training education to the youth in Ugandan urban slums. It is community based and aims to discover potential and talented players and prosper their knowledge to become good role models in the community.
The academy also works in partnership with local schools and international foster families to ensure that the education of its members is enhanced.