UNF strategic plan launched by then minister state for sports

By Emmanuel Sekago

The Uganda netball federation (UNF) President Hon Sarah Babirye Kityo and her executive are set to launch a robust campaign to raise Ugandan netball to the required levels of competition.

Speaking to wall netnews website one on one at the UNF offices at Old Kampala on Monday, President Hon Sarah Babirye Kityo explained a detailed plan aimed at developing grassroots netball.

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“As part of this plan, I and my executive have agreed to champion a grassroots netball development program that will see our national team head coaches for the youth and national team work with UNF regional coordinators to identify more talent to include in national teams,” said Babirye.

The President revealed that they are going to start a national competition aimed at bringing out local talents starting with West-Nile, Northern then head to Karamoja regional with the aim of identifying tall and energetic young girls to get the opportunity to represent Uganda at international competitions.

“Arrangements are at an advanced stage to launch a bottom-up Netball tournament to be contested by under-17 teams from all 134 districts,” said Babirye.

“We going to work with our district coordinators, Sports officers and delegates for each district to build a team right from the grassroots,” she added.

Unveiling of head coach

“This is going to be our first step in our Netball Vision where we target to see our national team’s youth and She Cranes well balanced and perform well at 2023 World netball cup in Cape-Town, South Africa and also our youth at Commonwealth Youth Fast5 in Trinidad and Tobago 2023.”

Netball has been a project of some individuals who have been thinking that without them on the national team, Uganda can’t perform well at international level, to the extent that it’s a must they have to always be summoned on the national team. Not knowing that also started as youth on teams to be what they are right now.

During the launch of the Uganda netball federation strategic plan at the head office by Rt Hon Denis Hamson Obua the government chief whip by then state minister for sports, the UNF president stated it clearly we want to build national teams that can qualify, compete at all continental and international level and that’s why we have put in place all the policies in place to guide us.

President Hon Sarah Babirye Kityo added her executive is keen on transforming netball into a big brand that will attract sponsors in an effort aimed at empowering the youth.

“My executive recognizes netball as a mega sporting discipline that can employ millions of our youth and help grow our economy,” she added. “Through our campaign to build a home, some good developments are that we have so far visited some two plots of lands to ascertain the size and we shall give the updates.

Earlier in the year, UNF president Hon Sarah Babirye Kityo expressed her desire to see Uganda number one in the world and on the continent.

“We have a vision that Uganda will be the number one netball playing nation in the world and continent. We are considering the fact that with proper investment and planning, we shall be World’s number one netball playing nation,”

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