The Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA) yesterday launched the 2024 activity plan with focus on capacity building and increased international competition while also strengthening domestic competitions.
At the association head office at Old Kampala today, president Justus Mugisha was joined by CEO Christopher Mugisha to unveil the plan. As part of efforts to increase participation while developing secondary schools sports across the country, USSSA has today held a media briefing to launch their 2024 road map.
Among the key focus areas include; increased training opportunities for coaches, referees and media, preparations for this year’s world secondary schools volleyball championship due April in Serbia and the ISF world cup in China.
The association will also host the Fresh Dairy Secondary School games, Secondary School National Football Boys Championship, Secondary School National Ball Games II, Secondary School National Swimming Gala and the USSSA Elite Games as part of this year’s calendar.
USSSA president Justus Mugisha reflects on preparations for the year, “Normal registration opened on 1st January this year and will close on 29th February so we are requesting all schools to register new players and renew registration of old players on the portal. Only duly registered players will take part in the championship this year. We registered 120,000 players last year in the first registration and about 30,000 in the second phase.”
“We will then release albums to districts and will ask them to allow only those players to be allowed to play. We are providing rules to cater for players who are on bursaries so that they are not snatched by other schools without being released.” Mugisha noted
He reflects on the key focus capacity building areas this year, “We have had a lot of success in training our students and teachers to become coaches, referees, young reporters and also health and injury management. We exceeded last year’s target of training 5000 and trained 7500 all of whom are certified.”
“Some of the trainees have officiated in the Elite games in Jinja and going forward the bulk of officiating officials will be students themselves. This year we will have similar trainings to boost capacity.” Mugisha revealed.
Uganda is set to host the 2024 Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports having won last year’s title in Huye, Rwanda.