Premier Skills has been supporting some of the most underprivileged communities in Uganda’s Capital City, Kampala. Slum communities in Kampala face some of the worst forms of exclusion in political, social, and economic participation. These are generally characterized by demographic diversity, poor living conditions, high crime rate and disease. Slums also host and contribute to the large numbers of children living on the streets of Kampala, as a result of child neglect, domestic violence and conflict.
Premier Skills is providing opportunities for play and a positive influence for young people in these communities, while equipping them with skills to contribute to their communities through social action.
Uganda has delivered different iterations of Premier Skills Since 2008, 2,200 coaches and referees have gone through the Premier Skills training, including 11 coach educators who gained skills to train new coaches.
Premier Skills community coaches and referees have reached 25,123 young people across Uganda and has helped to address the country’s lack of qualified grassroots football coaches and referees.
Community Football Clinics
The most recent Premier Skills phase (2016 – 2018) supported the wellbeing of many of the country’s ‘street’ children through community football clinics, aimed at equipping them with new life skills and educational opportunities, and helping them become healthier, more confident members of society.
168 community coaches from slum areas acquired skills to engage street children using football and to positively contribute to their communities through social action projects.
The trained community coaches engaged over 4000 young people through soccer festivals and regular community football activity.
- 184 out of school children have been supported to get bursaries and return to school.
- 16 children living on the street have been resettled back to their homes through the program.
- Young people have improved social skills and are able to participate in community improvement activities.
I appreciate the knowledge I have gained from the program and I feel very excited to be part of the program. I am passing on the knowledge I get to others. My family is now positive about interaction with Ugandans.
Ahmed Hussein, 13 years, refugee of Somali origin who was involved in regular football sessions by a trained Community Coach
The skills gained by the community coaches have also helped them to access other opportunities for full or part-time employment
In partnership with non-governmental organisations, the current phase (2019-21) of the programme is looking at addressing the needs of vulnerable young people and disadvantaged communities, with a focus on increasing female participation in football, at both coach and player levels. The programme will provide opportunities for participants and community members to address violence against women and girls, including the barriers for female participation in football.
Women and girls
Since 2019, 49.5% of participants across all programme activities delivered in Uganda were women or girls. More specifically:
- 47% of females were involved in direct delivery of coach and referee training courses
- 81% of participants involved in indirect delivery by Premier Skills coach educators were female
- Approximately 45% of young people involved in activities run by Premier Skills coaches and referees were girls
Key partners in Uganda (2008 – 2023)
- Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA)
- National Council of Sports
- Ministry of Education & Sports
- Soccer Without Borders
- Hope for Justice (Retrak)
- Children At Risk Network (CRANE)
- TACKLE Africa.
- Golden Boots Uganda
- Kids Club Kampala
- Edgars Youth Programme
- Katwe Youth Development Association (KAYDA)
- Integrated Community Action for Development (ICAD)