The basketball sport in Uganda has earned a much-needed boost after the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) and Victoria University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the game in the country.
The MoU will see the University help the Federation to build the sport’s capacity through research, entrepreneurship, social enterprising, training and scholarships to basketball players.
Nasser Sserunjogi, the Federation’s president said the partnership will help them in terms of management and administration of members including basketball clubs. He said many clubs lack these principles.
“We believe this will help in the growth of basketball and Victoria University,” a grateful Sserunjogi said during the signing of the MoU at the University on Friday. “To us, it’s a worthwhile partnership that will see a lot of changes in the way we handle the game,”
"Through this partnership, we shall be able to do capacity building and training for our staff, coaches and managers. They will get knowledge of how to handle their clubs, and also the scholarships to our top players is going to be a plus to us,”
The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University Associate Professor Krishna N. Sharma said the university was honoured to collaborate with FUBA, a prestigious organization.
“We realized that sports is not just a game these days. We have different faculties and the University feels can address the needs of the federation and the game,” Dr. Sharma stated.
He noted that sports is more diplomatic and that’s the University’s faculties of humanities and social science come in to promote unity.
The Vice-Chancellor revealed that next year they are planning together with FUBA to hold a conference that will equip participants with the right knowledge, skills and attitude to run the sport.
Mrs. M.G Katushabe Ssemwezi, the University Academic Registrar, said the basketball federation will benefit from short term training, scholarships to basketball top players. “We want to go all the way to developing the sport of basketball because we are well-positioned to do all that.
“It’s good to play sport but very good if you are educated as well. So we shall be awarding scholarships to excelling and/or talented and top players in the game” Mrs. Ssemwezi added.
The partnership is themed, “training graduates that will change the World,”