KAMPALA – Uganda will host three top Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) this month.
The three officials will be in the country from May 8th to May 13th and will be hosted by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).
The UEFA Head of International Relations football operations specialist Eva Pasquier and two Consultants Stewart Reagan-former CEO of the Scottish Football Association and Ken MacLeod, are the three officials that will be in the country.
They are understood to be coming under an international programme called ‘UEFA ASSIST’.
The UEFA ASSIST addresses the needs of national associations and confederations outside Europe with the aim of increasing solidarity and enhancing football development and knowledge sharing.
With FUFA keeping track on its 5 year strategic plan based on the 8 key focus areas, the visit comes at an opportune moment when football knowledge, ideas and guidance will be shared about Ugandan football learning on best practices how the beautiful game is administered in Europe.
It will be the first time for any African country to host the UEFA ASSIST officials and also benefit from the programme.
During their visit, the football officials will hold meetings with the FUFA President, Government, Executive Committee Members, FUFA CEO, Secretariat staff, Clubs, Uganda Cranes coach, fans, sponsors and media.
FUFA CEO Edgar Watson is excited about the visit of the UEFA officials.
“We hope to benefit a lot from the visit of UEFA officials as we expect to learn more on modern governance principles especially when they meet the various key stakeholders in the game. The same knowledge will be shared by the people who are the nucleus of the game in the 8 football regions’ said Watson.
FUFA’s focus areas are; Governance, Development, Infrastructure, National teams, Competitions, Marketing and Communications, Finance and Administration, Membership.
An image illustrating FUFA’s 8 key focus areas in the 5 year strategic plan
About UEFA ASSIST:
UEFA ASSIST, is an international programme that addresses the needs of national associations and confederations outside Europe with the aim of increasing solidarity and enhance football development and knowledge sharing.
The main scope of UEFA ASSIST is essentially to share knowledge and best practices to help UEFA’s sister confederations to develop and strengthen football within their respective territories. UEFA ASSIST is designed to provide practical rather than financial assistance and to offer support through development activities.
UEFA ASSIST is composed of four pillars, each providing specific support to member associations and confederations worldwide:
1. Education and knowledge sharing
2. Development of youth football
3. Support of infrastructure projects
4. UEFA national association support programmes